Anaheim officially recognizes the Little Arabia District after years of lobbying

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — After years of lobbying, Anaheim has officially designated an area in the city as Little Arabia.

Altayebat market is one of several Arab-American companies in the district.

Mohamed Khouraki opened the store more than 40 years ago.

“We opened a small shop,” said Khouraki. “This little little shop, all the products were from the Middle East.”

The market is located near the corner of Brookhurst and Ball Road.

It was the first Arabic market to open in the area.

Altayebat has become a cornerstone of this community, which has morphed into an ethnic enclave known as Little Arabia.

“It was developed organically. It doesn’t come from corporations,” said Mirvette Judeh, lead organizer of the Little Arabia Coalition. “These are people who have come here — hard work and sweat — and developed an incredible territory that isn’t the raw jewel, it’s the jewel.”

“As a result, as an Arab American who was born here, I feel rooted in my community, culture and heritage,” said Rida Hamida, founder of Latino and Muslim Unity.

Last Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council voted to officially recognize a portion of the Brookhurst Corridor from Ball Road to Broadway as Little Arabia.

“We come from a community where a lot of people come from different countries, where they’re running from their governments, where they’ve had their identities stripped, their homes taken, and this is their home,” Judeh said.

People in the community had been pushing for recognition for decades.

“We’re going to be really committed to making our businesses feel like part of the fabric of Orange County,” Hamida said.

Judeh said they will now work on naming all of Little Arabia from Crescent to Katella along Brookhurst.

“Little Arabia is actually 3.5 miles long,” she said.

They also want to see a sign letting visitors know they’ve arrived in Little Arabia.

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Laura Coffey

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