Arab Astronomical Society (ArAS)  

The Arab Astronomical Society (ArAS) was officially formed during the constitutional assembly held in Marrakech, Morocco on November 30, 2016, and legally recognized on May 2017.

The objectives of the society are the promotion and advancement of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Arab World. The society organizes the Arab Winter School for Astrophysics (AWSA), scientific meetings, and supports the popularization of Astronomy and other related activities.



ArAS Board 


Zouhair Benkhaldoun 

Institution:  Oukaimeden Observatory, Morocco

E-mail: zouhair @



Raid M. Suleiman  

Institution: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

E-mail:  rsuleiman @



Hassan   Darhmaoui

Institution: Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

E-mail: H.Darhmaoui @




AbdelHadi Jabiri

Institution: Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco

E-mail:  jabiri @


Development & Research

Randa As'ad

Institution:  American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 

E-mail:  raasad @


Education & Communication

Suleiman Baraka

Institution:  Al Aqsa University, Palestine 

E-mail:  Suleiman.baraka @


Meetings Counselor

Sefyani Fouad  

Institution: Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco

E-mail: sefyani @ 


Executive Director

Ismael Moumen     

Institution: Laval University/CFHT, Canada 

E-mail : ismael.moumen.1 @