New York City
Arida was born in Homs, where he received his education until his emigration to the United States in 1905. In New York City, he married Najeeba Haddad, the sister of fellow Homs-born writers Abdel Massih Haddad and Nudra Haddad. The couple did not have children, but raised the daughter of another Haddad brother after his wife's death in childbirth.
al-Funun (The Arts) in 1912 and had one collection of poems al-Arwah al-Haira, published just before his death in 1946.
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