Arab American Business & Professional Association

We are excited to announce ABPA’s 31st Annual Dinner Gala will be held at the magnificent Esplanade Lakes by Double Tree! We have a wonderful night planned for you with entertainment, dinner, awardees, and sharing our plans to serve the community in 2023 and beyond.

2022 Awardees

Talat Othman Excellence Award/Belal “Remember The Name” Muhammad

He fights for Chicago, his community, and for Palestine. The Arab-American Business and Professional Association is excited to present the 2022 Talat Othman Excellence award to one of the worlds most feared MMA fighter Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad. 

Amir Darwish Top Business of The Year

Khalil Ismail/AL Bawadi Grill

They are widely considered one of the top Middle Eastern Restaurants in the nation and happen to be a Chicago original. The Arab-American Business and Professional Association is proud to present the 2022 Amir Darwish Top Business of the Year award to Head Chef/Owner Khalil Ismail and Al Bawadi Grill in Bridgeview. We hope you will join us to honor the man behind the meat!

Entertainer Amer Zahr

He is considered one of the greatest Arab American entertainers on the planet. We welcome the one and only Amer Zahr to our Annual Dinner Gala on 11.18. Tickets are moving fast. Join us for a night of good times!

Event MC/Diane Pathieu

The very talented ABC 7 News Reporter/Anchor Diane Pathieu will serve as our Master of Ceremonies at our Annual Gala Dinner 11/18. We are almost SOLD OUT. Make sure to reserve your ticket or table now to support the first ever Economic Development Center to serve the Illinois MENA Community.

More event details coming soon. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets or sponsor our annual dinner today.