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First-Ever Event at the InterContinental Hotel, Century City Attracts over 150 U.S. and Arab Government Officials, Diplomats, and Business Leaders

Los Angeles CA – The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) hosted its first Ramadan Iftar dinner in honor of the Arab diplomatic community.  More than 150 government officials and business community leaders attended the high-profile gathering at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, including The Honorab le Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.  Attendees shared a common interest to learn more about the Arab culture and about the traditions of Ramadan.

Ramadan for the Arab world and the Arab-American community holds a very special meaning.  Muslims practice one of the five fundamental pillars of the Islamic faith during Ramadan, fasting. Every capable and healthy individual, except for children, seniors, travelers or the sick, abstain from food and drink from dawn till sunset. At the breaking of the fast, Iftar, Muslims follow certain traditions each day for one month of every year.  They start their daily sunset meal with dates and milk following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and follow this by performing the 4th prayer of the day (Maghrib Prayer) before heading back to the dinner tables to enjoy a meal shared with family and invited friends from all faiths.

David Hamod, NUSACC President & CEO, noted that the U.S.-Arab Chamber has served as a bridge between cultures for more than 40 years and that the Iftar dinner represents a unique way of bridging gaps between the United States and the Arab world. He said, “Iftar is about refocusing our attention from normal daily activities and instead reflecting on and appreciating more fully our many blessings — especially our valued guests, the people who make up our NUSACC family. NUSACC thanks you all for your friendship and your support.  The ties and friendships we share are truly a treasure.”

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