San Francisco Small Business Commissioner weds
daughter of Moroccan ambassador to Lebanon
Small Business Commissioner Gus Murad and Bahya Oumlil wedded
during a traditional Moroccan marriage ceremony and reception.
September 3, 2006
Rabat, Morocco - Of all the gin joints in all the towns
in all the world, Small Business Commissioner Gus Murad wedded
Bahya Oumlil Friday during a traditional Moroccan marriage ceremony
performed and celebrated in Rabat, the political capital city
of Morocco, and attended by a who's who list of Moroccan dignitaries
as well as several of Murad's close friends from San Francisco.
Feras Irikat, Gerry Agostas, Michael "Kennedy" Cassidy,
Gus Murad, Jean-Paul Samaha
Bibi and Michael Cassidy
Lisa Moresco, Gerry Agosta, MIchael Cassidy
John Pollard and fiance, Nina Geneson
Gus Murad, James Nunemacher, Omar Majdouli, Jean-Paul Samaha
Dale Kelley, Gus Murad, Bahya Oumlil, Feras Irikat, Ahsha Safai
Murad, 47, owner of Medjools restaurant and bar in the Mission
District, met Oumlil, 27, in 2004 in San Francisco while shopping
for Middle Eastern delicacies in the Haight. The serendipitous
encounter led to a close friendship followed by romance and culminating
in their marriage fit for sultans.
Bahya's father, Ali Oumlil, the Moroccan ambassador to Lebanon,
returned to Rabat from Beirut for the wedding after managing Moroccan
evacuations to Morocco during and after the month-long war with
Lebanon and Israel that began on July 12, 2006 and ended after
a UN brokered ceasefire went into effect on August 14, 2006.
Moroccan Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Oumlil (right)
Bahya and her family were in Beirut when Israel began its bombing
campaign of Beirut's airport, and spent the next ten days in an
underground bunker with bombs exploding within blocks of their
location before being evacuated by the French government.
"It was terrifying," Murad told Fog City, "all
I could think about was Bahya being killed before we had the chance
to start a wonderful life together."
The wedded couple plan to start a family in San Francisco after
they have honeymooned in Lebanon later this year.
"We were considering going to Thailand for our honeymoon
but we decided our money and time would be better spent helping
our family and friends in Lebanon," Murad said.
Murad, a Lebanese ex-patriot and Catholic, told Fog City, "I'd
like to have a big family very soon, as many as six children.
You know, it's the Catholic style."