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The Seattle Arab Festival (SAF), located in Washington State, is a new non-profit organization established in 2018.  SAF succeeds the Arab Center of Washington, which was the founder and official sponsor of the Arab Festival, a biennial event held at Seattle Center since 1999.

Our Mission

  • To showcase the diversity, talent and accomplishments of Arab and Arab Americans
  • To strengthen the ties among the Arab people and with other communities
  • To increase local awareness of Arabs and Arab Americans as neighbors, professionals and leaders

Previous Arab Festivals included a variety of art exhibits, individual country booths, children’s activities, dance and music performances by local and national groups, lectures, movies, and samplings of many kinds of Arab food and drink.

We greatly appreciate the support of the Seattle Center, which over the years has hosted our event for two days on their grounds.

The Seattle Arab Festival invites you and your organization or business to join us again in producing this regional gala event and continuing the traditions of Arab Festival in the year of 2019.  Be there


Role                                                       Name

Festival Coordinator/Producer             Ali Osseiran

Secretary                                              Katya Allaw

Treasure                                              Rita Zawaideh/Katya Allaw

Festival Poster                                     Mamoun Sakkal

Publication Editor                                Barbara Boden

Seattle Center                                       Steve Sneed, Vivian Huang, Jennifer Basiliko

Festival Fiscal Organization            Salam Cultural Museum – Rita Zawaideh


Food & Drinks                                    Ali Ossairan

Children Activities                                  Laila Taji

Festival Layout                                       TBA

Tales of Arabs From Pacific NW          Afifi Durr 

Souk (Arabic Market)                           Rita Zawaideh

Poetry & Book Reading                        Jamal Gabobe

Fundraising                                            TBA                                                        

Grants                                                     Laura Ishak

Hookah Lounge                                      TBA                                                           

Festival Sales                                          TBA

Performances                                          TBA

Stage Managers                                     TBA

PR & Social Media                                 Oussama Alkhalili, Alex Hamdan

Marketing & Publication                        Oussama Alkhallili      

Volunteers                                                Basma Ghoneim, Beth Mahmoud

Vendors & Country Booths                     Rita Zawaideh, Huda Giddens




ACTIVITY                                                     NAMES