It started in Ramadan 1994 with overseas graduates and
postgraduates, as a network for Arab friends in London, the initial idea behind
the Arab Network in Britain, as a forum for free dialogue. The name was Nexus1,
this was redefined as The Arab Network In Britain in the following months, or
ARANIB in short2, to give it a focused and accessible scope. On May
3, 1994, a new central account for the mailing list was launched3,
and on September our web site was launched4 providing us with new
member applications. In May 1995, a committee was formed to draft the ARANIB
charter5. In order to limit the proportion of non-UK based members,
the membership voted to amend the charter to enable one sixth of the members to
be non-UK based, however in 1999 this increased to one fourth. 1998 saw the
central account move to egroups.com. ARANIB is going from strength to strength
-- make it stronger!
1 as suggested by Nawwaf Kharma
2 as suggested by Usama Al-Bahaarna
3by Ahmed Shihab
4by Omer Rana
5The committee's members were Nawwaf Kharma (head), Amina Znaidi and Ahmed Al-Shabibi.
Ra'id Al-Jamali and Ahmad Shihab also helped in drafting the final version.