Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit


Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13
Registration includes all events and (4) meals on Friday evening and all day Saturday .

General Registration
$299 per person

Cousin Registration
$249 per person
–Until October 3rd, then $249 (To become a Cousin and qualify for Cousin Registration, Register Here)   

Rising Leader Awardee Registration
$199 per person
–For 40,30,20 Awardees Only.                                                           

Student Registration
$199 per person
–Must show valid student ID at registration.

Sunday, November 14
Optional event in addition to registration
Community Bus Tour
$125 per person

Separate Event Packages

Friday (Evening Only) Events
Friday events start at 5 pm and include Ahlan Reception, Special Tour of Arab American National Museum, and National Arab Orchestra Concert

Saturday (Daytime Only) Summit Events
Saturday Summit Events start at 8 am and includes Morning Breakfast, Lunch, Registration and Admission to Summit

Saturday Night Gala Hafla
Admission to Gala Hafla Saturday Evening at 7 pm. Includes Dinner and Entertainment



Register now for this year’s second CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit from November 12-14 in Dearborn, Michigan (November 14th is optional).

This historic in-person event connects and empowers Arab Americans across the country by engaging participants, performers, and exciting speakers in public service, business, influencers, and artists.

The Arab America Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit (501c3) educational and cultural organization. The mission of AAF is to promote the Arab heritage, educate Americans about the Arab identity, and to connect and empower Arab Americans with each other and with diverse organizations across the U.S.


FRIDAY Evening, November 12:

Registration and Information: 3-5:00pm 

Ahlan Networking Reception, and Dinner 
Attend the opening reception of the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit. Meet new friends and indulge in a tantalizing buffet of Arab cuisine. Visit the Arab American National Museum after the reception.

Buses Depart to Ford Performing Arts Center

National Arab Orchestra Concert 
Join the National Arab Orchestra (NAO) as they perform LIVE at the Ford Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI for the first time since the pandemic began. The NAO is an internationally recognized arts organization that preserves and integrates Arab culture through music. The concert will feature the NAO Takht Ensemble as well as some of the country’s most talented artists.  Don’t miss a fantastic evening of great music and celebration that will be sure to make you feel alive with joy! 

Buses Leave Ford Performing Arts Center for Doubletree Hotel

SATURDAY Daytime, November 13: 

Registration and Information: 8-4pm

Man’oushe, Foul, and Qahwa Networking Breakfast 
Meet and get acquainted with summit attendees before the summit at this buffet breakfast and networking event.

CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit
Featuring an exciting array of speakers in public service, business innovators, influencers, recognition, and exciting performances.

12:30 Noon
Sahtein Networking Lunch 
Meet Arab American attendees from throughout the U.S. 

CONNECT Arab America Empowerment Summit
Featuring an exciting array of speakers in public service, business innovators, influencers, recognition, and exciting performances.

Breakout Meeting: State Teams

Daytime Activities End

SATURDAY Evening, November 13:

Buses Leave Doubletree Hotel for Fairlane Banquet Center

Al-Rabitah Gala and Hafla 
The event of the year! Celebrate your heritage at this formal event featuring authentic Arab cuisine, special recognition, Arab music, and dance in the heart of Arab America.

Buses Leave Fairlane Banquet  Center for Doubletree Hotel

SUNDAY, November 14

Optional Community Bus Tour

Bus Leaves Doubletree Hotel

Breakfast at New Yasmeen Bakery
Enjoy good company and fresh baked Arab delicacies at New Yasmeen Bakery in Dearborn.

Visit to Henry Ford Museum
A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts from 300 years of American history, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. Rosa Parks’ Bus, Kennedy’s Presidential Limousine, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Complex and the Wright Cycle Shop, are just a few of the attractions.

Box Lunch 
Enjoy shawarma and falafel from a renowned Dearborn eatery.

Visit to Detroit and the Motown Museum
Although the interior of the museum is closed due to construction, celebrate the legacy of Motown by enjoying their outdoor space, including snapping your photo on the iconic front steps of Hitsville USA, walking around the new “Still Going On” outdoor exhibit, exploring their retail pop-up shop, and singing along to Motown music in their Dancing in the Street Park.

Tour Arab Dearborn–the heart of Arab America
If time permits, stops at Greenland Market
 and Shatila

Tour Concludes


The CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Dearborn.  

The hotel is nine miles from downtown Detroit and minutes from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). This full-service hotel is conveniently located off the Southfield Expressway at Ford Road, with easy access to I-94, I-96 and all major Detroit-area thoroughfares.

We have negotiated a special discounted group rate of just $134 per night. Special discount hotel rate is still available. You can register online or contact Mimi Sion directly: or call 313-982-3983. When registering, specify “Connect Arab America” or “Arab America” event.

REGISTER HERE Online for Special Discount Rate

Or call Hotel at 313-336-3340 to make a reservation.


Arab America Foundation Announces Speakers for CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit


If your organization is interested to sponsor the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit, please contact:

Warren David at: or 313-999-6000



If your organization is interested to exhibit at the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit, please contact:

Warren David at: or 313-999-6000


Your safety is our top priority. We are closely following CDC and State of Michigan Guidelines.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required when registering. You may show proof of vaccine on a smartphone or by showing a physical copy of the vaccination card or official vaccination record, along with a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Unvaccinated attendees must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Your test must list your name, results, and timestamp within 72 hours before registering.

Please bring with you a digital or print copy of your negative results.

Masks are highly encouraged at all times for all registrants at the summit, except when speaking on stage, eating, and drinking.

We will conduct daily temperature screenings of guests, encourage social distancing, and hand hygiene. We will keep you posted if there are any further updates.

**Full vaccination” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccines or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of FDA or WHO authorized single-dose vaccines.



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I complete a registration?
Click the Register tab from this website
Enter to Eventbrite landing page
Click the green TICKETS button.
Choose the tickets you want and the amount of tickets from drop-down menus.
Click the red GET TICKETS button when done selecting.
Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation. 

How do I register at the Doubletree Hotel?
You must register separately at the Doubletree Hotel link for room reservations at 313-336-3340. 

Can I register onsite?
You should pre-register online prior to the summit, but if you have not, you can register upon your arrival. After checking in to the Doubletree Hotel you can immediately go to registration in the lobby. All registrants will receive their name badge, wristband, and event tickets when they register.

Will I have to wear a wristband the whole time I’m at the convention?
Yes, and this is for your benefit. The wristbands must be worn at all times and will be required to enter events. This is the fastest way for security to know you are a paid registrant.

What is your refund policy?
We have spent countless hours and resources planning this summit. For this reason, we will be unable to give any refunds for registrations or events. Thank you for your understanding.

What is the dress code for events?
For all events on Friday and Saturday, we suggest business casual. On Saturday evening for the Gala Hafla, we suggest semi-formal attire.

What if I have any questions?
Email if you have any questions or issues registering or call 877-272-2944