ASA’s `Arabian Night’ showcases traditions

The GW Arab Student Association sponsored a night of traditional Arabian cuisine and entertainment Friday in J Street.

The event aimed to educate students about Arab culture and promote unity, said ASA co-President Nehal Safwat.

The semiformal event began with an Arabic dinner catered by Lebanese Taverna. After the dinner, guests watched a fashion show representing traditional dress from Arab countries.

The audience watched dances from both Persian Gulf-area countries and Egypt, as well as a dance form called Debkah, which is similar to Irish stepdancing.

About 400 people attended Arabian Night, doubling last year’s turnout, Safwat said.

“It’s events like this one where we can see Arab unity on campus,” said Co-President Maha Jweied. “We’re also pleased to see that it wasn’t just an Arab crowd.”

Jweied and Safwat said this event positively influenced the perception of Arab culture.

“We hope to continue to promote our culture positively on campus,” Jweied said.

-Sara E. Murphy

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