List of Arabic neighborhoods

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Many Arab immigrants to North America, South America and Europe settle in particular neighborhoods of urban areas. Over time these neighborhoods may acquire cultural characteristics derived from the places of origin of their Arab residents.


Arab restaurants[edit]

Grocery stores and restaurants[edit]

Arabic language[edit]

Arabic speakers in the US
Year Speakers
^a Foreign-born population only[5][6]



Arab immigration to the United States began when Arabs accompanied Spanish explorers to the US in the 15th century.[7] During the Revolutionary War, horses exported from Algeria replenished the American cavalry as Morocco was the first country to officially recognize the independence of the United States in 1786 in what is known as the "treaty of Friendship".[8] However, Arabs did not start immigrating to the United States in significant numbers until the 19th century. Since the first major wave of Arab immigration in the late 19th century, the majority of Arab immigrants have settled in or near large cities.[9] Roughly 94 percent of all Arab immigrants live in metropolitan areas,[9] and nearly one third of all Arab Americans live in or around just three cities: New York, Los Angeles and Detroit.[9] While most Arab-Americans have similarly settled in just a handful of major American cities, they form a fairly diverse population representing nearly every country and religion from the Arab world. There are still a lot of Arabs immigrating to America. Egypt is in the top 10 of countries where the most immigrants came from.[citation needed]


Overseas Arabs
Total population
According to the International Organization for Migration, there are 13 million Arab migrants, of whom 5.8 million reside in Arab countries.
Regions with significant populations
 United States3,500,000
 United Kingdom500,000[15]
Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Hebrew, Japanese among others
Islam & Christianity in the Americas, Islam in Europe , but also Druze and irreligion

North America[edit]

United States[edit]


  • Albany Park, Chicago also has a large amount of Arabs residing in the North side of the city.
  • Bridgeview has a significant amount of Arab Americans both in the Southwest Suburbs of Bridgeview, Oak Lawn, Palos Township, Burr Ridge and Orland Park.
  • "Chiraq" or "Little Iraq/Arabia/Palestine" in the Northwest side of Chicago, may be largest Iraqi community in the USA. [19]

Los Angeles, California:


  • Dearborn is the place in America with the highest concentration of Arabic people. Around 40% of the people there see themselves as Arab.

New York City:

San Diego, California - might be largest Arab-American community, esp nearby suburbs of El Cajon and La Mesa.



Scarborough, Toronto In the Warden Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East area has a large Lebanese community.

Etobicoke, Toronto in the west end of the city has a large somalian community along Dixon Road. The areas around Islington station and the West Mall, East mall also has a large number of Arabs with a mix of Syrian, Lebanese, Etc.

The Toronto suburb of Mississauga also has a very large Arab community, with Iraqis, Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, etc... concentrated in and near the Square One Shopping Centre.




The biggest group of Arabs in the Netherlands are Moroccans. Around 20% of the 400,000 Moroccans there are Arab and that concentration is increasing. Egyptians are the second biggest group.

Neighborhoods like Overtoomse Veld, Slotervaart, Slotermeer, Osdorp, Geuzenveld, Kolenkitbuurt and Bos en Lommer have a high concentration of Moroccans.



France has over 5 million Muslims. Most Arabic speakers are from the Maghreb.

  • There are in Paris over 70,000 Arabic speakers. In the 18th, 19th and 20th arrondissement, since the turn of the century (1900's) there have always been great communities of Arabic-speaking people, mostly from the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia).
  • Around 20% of the residents of Saint-Denis speak Arabic.
  • Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine contains a number of Moroccans, especially Chleuh people.
  • Roubaix on the border with Belgium near the city of Lille has many North Africans.
  • Sarcelles. Here is also a Maghrebian enclave.


Since the flux of refugees (Syrians in the 2010s) and immigrants in the 1990s and 2000s, there is an Arab community in almost every larger city in Germany. Arabic speakers are from different countries. Most are from Syria, but there also many from the Maghreb, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. Notable neighborhoods are Dortmund-Nordstadt (mostly Münsterstraße), the Sonnenallee in Berlin-Neukölln, quarters in Düsseldorf-Oberbilk, in Cologne-Kalk and in Bonn-Bad Godesberg.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Detailed Language Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English for Persons 5 Years and Over --50 Languages with Greatest Number of Speakers: United States 1990". United States Census Bureau. 1990. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Language Spoken at Home: 2000". United States Bureau of the Census. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
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  5. ^ "Mother Tongue of the Foreign-Born Population: 1910 to 1940, 1960, and 1970". United States Census Bureau. March 9, 1999. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "Language Spoken at Home for the Foreign-Born Population 5 Years and Over: 1980 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. March 9, 1999. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Kayyali, Randa (2006). The Arab Americans. Greenwood Press. p. 26.
  8. ^ Kayyali, Randa (2006). The Arab Americans. Greenwood Press. p. 27.
  9. ^ a b c "Demographics". Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Saudi Aramco World : The Arabs of Brazil".
  11. ^ "Abdel el-Zabayar: From Parliament to the Frontlines". The Daily Beast.
  12. ^ "Las mil y una historias" (in Spanish). 2004.There is an estimated population of 1,500,000 Arabs in Colombia.
  13. ^ Randa Achmawi (21 July 2009). "Colombia awakens to the Arab world". Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  14. ^ Ben Cahoon. "World". World Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  15. ^ Anthony McRoy. "The British Arab". National Association of British Arabs. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Statistics Canada". Statistics Canada. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  17. ^ Larry Luxner (2001). "The Arabs of Honduras". Saudi Aramco World. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Statistics Japan". nippon islam centoru. 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
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