• Specialization: UAE Community and History.
  • Place of Birth: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Education

  • PhD from the University of Essex- United Kingdom (6, December 1989), Title of Thesis: “Imperial Air Communications and British Policy Changes in the Trucial States (1929-1952).
  • Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, United States of America (August 1984).
  • BA in Modern History- Kuwait University.

Academic Career

  • Assistant Professor (1990-1995)
  • Associate Professor (October 15, 1996)
  • Professor (since May 22, 2014)
  • Head of Department (2015-2018)

Professional and Honorary Memberships

  • Member of Dubai Cultural Council (March 2004-March 2008).
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation (2009 to date).
  • Member of Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage (Publishing and Studies Committee).
  • Consultant for companies working to develop Dubai museums.
  • Founding member of GCC Society for History and Archeology (currently based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
  • Member of the Middle East Studies Association (United States of America).
  • Member of the Union of Arab Historians (Cairo).
  • Member of the Sociological Association (Sharjah, UAE).
  • Honorary Member of the Union of Moroccan Historians (Morocco).
  • Managing Editor of Shu’un Ijtimaiyya (‘Social Affairs’) magazine, issued by the Sociological Association in cooperation with the American University in Sharjah (Sharjah- UAE).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Dirasat Adabiyya journal, issued by the Emirates Writers Union (Sharjah- UAE).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Nakheel journal; a biannual publication issued by Nakheel Society for Arts and Heritage, Ras Al Khaimah- UAE.
  • Member of the Society for Arab Gulf Studies, the United States.
  • Consultancies
  • Preparing a UAE Culturagram for Brigham Young University, the United States (1994-1997).
  • Giving lectures at Emirates Aviation College for Euroventure International Company.
  • Cultural Consultant for Spectrum International, an American company based in Los Angeles, the United States (February 1998-1999).
  • Reviewing and modifying History syllabuses for public schools, the Ministry of Education (1988-2007).
  • Dubai Municipality – Historical Buildings Department (since 1999).
  • Dubai Municipality – Children’s Park (2000).
  • Cultural consultation for His Highness the Crown Prince of Dubai on April 4, 2001 and project proposal for establishing a Department for Culture in Dubai.
  • Secretary General of the United Arab Emirates Encyclopedia, Rewaq Ousha Educational & Cultural Center (since March 2004).
  • Member of Dubai Cultural Council- Dubai Government (2004-2007).
  • Member of Research Project (Burj Khalifa) 2007.
  • Member of Al Shindagha Museum Development Committee- Empty Company, 2019.

Awards

  • Emirates Appreciation Award for Science Arts and Literature (Research Category)- December 2006.
  • Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Award for Scientific Excellence (November 1991).
  • Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Award for “Best Book on the UAE” in 1997 for her book Al Imarat Al Arabiya Al Mutahida Min Al Qabila Ela Al Dawla (The United Arab Emirates: From Tribe to State).
  • Al Anqa’ Al Thahabiya Award (Golden Phoenix Award), Iraq- 2008.
  • Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Award for Scientific Excellence (for being awarded Professorship), 2014.
  • Distinguished Women Award (Professional Achievements Category) Dubai Quality Group (May 28, 2014).
  • GCC Innovators Award 2019- the United Arab Emirates.

Scholarships

  • William Fulbright Scholarship (1993-1994) at Georgetown University, the United States, under the supervision of Dr. Hisham Sharabi (History Department).
  • Scholarship from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Washington D.C. (1997-1998) Dr. John Duke Anthony.
  • Sir William Luce Fellowship, Durham University- the United Kingdom (1999), Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Al Ansari.
  • William Fulbright Scholarship (2003) at Georgetown University- Washington D.C., the United States.
  • International Visitor Program, to introduce the American People to the Real Islam (March 22, 2004- May 3, 2004), the United States.
  • “Introduction to the Real Islam” Program (September, October 2005) Indiana University- the United States.
  • Participated in numerous local, Arab and international conferences and symposiums.
  • Gave many lectures in local, Arab and international universities.
  • Arbiter at many universities and scientific centers.

Publications

  • Al Imarat Al Arabiya Al Mutahida wal Khat Al Jawi Al Baritani Ela Al Sharq (“The United Arab Emirates and the British Air Route to the East”), Abu Dhabi Cultural Complex Publications, Abu Dhabi- 1995.
  • Al Imarat Al Arabiya Al Mutahida Min Al Qabila Ela Al Dawla (“The United Arab Emirates: From Tribe to State”), Al Khaleej Books, Dubai-1997 (reprinted in 1998 and 2000).
  • Rasa’el Al Serkal: Tareekh Al Imarat Al Arabiya Al Mutahida Al Mustakhlas Min Rasa’el Al Wakeel Al Watani Fil Shariqa 1852-1935 (“Al Serkal Letters”), Abu Dhabi 2004.
  • Tareekh Al Khaleej Al Arabi: Al Takween Al Siyasi wal Tatawur Al Iqtisadi wal Ijtima’I (“History of the Arabian Gulf: The Political Configuration and Economic and Social Development”, the book is currently taught at the United Arab Emirates University) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005.
  • Dubai Al Bidayat Wal Tahadiyat (“Dubai: Beginnings and Challenges”), Al Bayan Newspaper, Dubai- the United Arab Emirates.
  • Al Tahadiyat That Al Juthoor AL Tarikhiyya allati Tuwajih Dawlat Al Imarat Al Arabiya Al Mutahida (“Historically-rooted Challenges Facing the United Arab Emirates”), Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, Abu Dhabi 2007.
  • Al Imarat Al Arabiya Al Mutahida: Awa’eq Al Bina’ wa Tahadiyat Al Mustaqbal (“The United Arab Emirates: Barriers to Development and Future Challenges”), Sharjah Center for Documentation and Research, Sharjah 2015.
  • Al Mujaz fi Tareekh Al Khaleej Al Arabi Al Hadeeth wal Mu’aser (A Concise Modern and Contemporary History of the Arabian Gulf), Sharjah Center for Documentation and Research, approved for publishing.
  • Authored many scholarly researches and studies.
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