There is a strong bond between
students and professors, that is
rare to find in other universities.
The University of Balamand Dubai (UOBD) is a welcoming, vibrant multicultural campus community. Students, faculty, and staff come from different countries and cultures—a reflection of the United Arab Emirates, which hosts people from all over the world who come here to make this country their home.
UOBD was established in the UAE in 2017 as a private, independent institution of higher learning, located at Dubai Investments House, Dubai Investments Park (DIP). Licensed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the United Arab Emirates, UOBD opened its doors in September 2018. The academic programs offered by UOBD in the different disciplines are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the MOE. New programs are under review for Initial Accreditation by the CAA.
UOBD enjoys the support of Dubai Investments, PJSC and is inspired by the long-standing reputation and legacy of the University of Balamand in Lebanon (UOB). UOBD is not a branch campus of UOB; UOBD operates as an independent institution in the UAE under an exclusive license from UOB to use the name and intellectual property of UOB.
UOBD follows the North American model in the design of its programs and curricula and in its organizational setup. UOBD’s educational philosophy is based on the liberal education model, which aims to provide students with a transformative, holistic learning experience that enables them to achieve professional success, realize their personal aspirations, and contribute to the advancement of society and humankind.
UOBD’s vision is to be identified as a leader in Higher Education, not only in UAE but also in the region.
We aim for excellence through the offering of internationally recognized academic programs focusing on the needs of the regional landscape and its socio-economic development.
The University of Balamand Dubai (UOBD) is an institution of higher education that draws on the values of openness, understanding, tolerance, and inquiry. Based on the American system of higher education, the core curricula build on the rich multicultural environment of Dubai to generate graduates cognizant of the values inherent in world cultures.
UOBD is dedicated to creating and communicating knowledge. It educates men and women to be successful in their chosen careers, active citizens in their societies, generous in their service to others and reflective lifelong learners. The University is committed to excellence in teaching, to rigorous research, and concern for the public good, within a context of inter-disciplinary openness and skills development. UOBD is committed to the socio-economic development of the region by engaging the community and supporting the initiatives of its faculty, students, and staff.
The University of Balamand Dubai embraces the universally-acclaimed American liberal education model, which focuses on whole-individual education. A UOBD education teaches you HOW to think NOT what to think, HOW to learn NOT what to learn. The goals of UOBD’s educational philosophy include graduating students who are able to adapt and respond to the challenges of a fast-changing economic and social environment, and to pursue lifelong learning.
Moreover, UOBD strives to serve the UAE society and contribute to the advancement of the UAE in every sphere. UOBD enjoys the full support of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Honorary President of UOBD. The University is also strongly supported by Dubai Investments (DI) and Dubai Investments Industries (DII). This opens many career opportunities for our graduates.
There is a strong bond between
students and professors, that is
rare to find in other universities.
The University of Balamand Dubai
is a warm environment surrounding
students, faculty, and staff. We are
like a big family.
They care a lot! Not only about how
students learn and understand the
lesson, but also about their
wellbeing and mental comfort.
The faculty encourages us to
always be creative and think
outside the box.
Dr. Jihad S. Nader joined University of Balamand Dubai (UOBD) on October 1, 2019 as Vice Chancellor and CEO. Previously, he held the following leadership positions at the American University in Dubai (AUD):
Dr. Nader’s academic and professional career is long and varied and includes positions as:
Dr. Nader has been active in consulting for numerous academic and training institutions, business firms, professional bodies and government agencies in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Dr. Nader holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. and a B.B.A. from the American University of Beirut. His research on financial institutions and markets, corporate finance, pension plan design and liability valuation, real estate lease valuation, banking education, and many other finance topics, is published in leading academic and professional journals. He is or has been a member of the editorial boards of:
Claims, a leading risk management journal in the US, ranked one of Dr. Nader’s books, The Manager’s Concise Guide to Risk (Wiley Finance Series), among the “Top 10 Risk Management Books” in its year of publication.
Dr. Nader has received numerous fellowships and awards for academic and research excellence, including:
Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA), UAE University, UAE
Dr. Alaa Mushtaha joined the University of Balamand Dubai in January 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management. Dr. Mushtaha earned his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the UAE University from the College of Business and Economics entitled “The Effects of Balanced Scorecard Implementation on Organizational Performance: The Case of The Healthcare Sector in the UAE”.
He has an extensive experience in healthcare, consultation, and academics with specialization and research preferences in Balanced Scorecard Implementation (BSC), Organizational Performance, Total Quality Management, Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), Innovation, and Strategic Management. He had previously completed his Master degree in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) with a Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratories from IUG Palestine.
Dr. Mushtaha worked for multinational organizations as Regional Sales Director and covered the region of Middle East and Africa, he attended several international and local healthcare conferences and events. Dr. Mushtaha is an advocate of Balanced Scorecard (BSC) implementation in the healthcare sector in the UAE, therefore, two research are under process to measure the impact of BSC implementation on organizational performance in the UAE and Turkey.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2593
M.S. in Physics, MG University Kottayam, India.
Mr. Moidu teaches Physics foundation and developmental courses. He also handles the responsibilities of the Physics Laboratory. He has over four years of teaching experience, and he previously lectured at colleges in India. Moreover, Mr. Moidu has publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
Mr. Moidu’s main research interests are related to non-linear optics, fabrication, and characterisation of polymer solar cells. He is also interested in thermal and dielectric study of relaxation processes.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2538
PhD in Marketing and Service Quality, Coventry University, UK.
Dr. Jacinta Dsilva joined the University of Balamand Dubai in January 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Marketing. She pursued Masters in Commerce, Human Resource Management from Mumbai University and MBA in Marketing from Karnataka State University. She was awarded PhD in Marketing from Coventry University, Coventry, UK for her work on ‘Service quality in Low Cost Carrier’ in 2017. She has vast experience and has worked as Visiting Professor at several universities such as Modul, S.P. Jain College in Dubai as well as in China. She also worked at several other prestigious UAE Universities such as Emirates Aviation University, Higher Colleges of Technology, and the University of Wollongong in Dubai.
Dr. Dsilva has presented at several international conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals. She has been a regular reviewer for popular journals such as the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management as well as International conference organizations such as Research Synergy and Emerging Research Paradigms of Business and Social Sciences. Recently, she has also published 3 books namely, Business Communication and Surviving COVID-19: Stay Home Stay Safe and Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy.
Dr. Dsilva was awarded the Best Reviewer Award 2020 by Elsevier SSRN for the journal IJIEMR and Best Women Researcher award as well. She is heavily involved in research thesis with bachelors and Master students and works closely with researchers across the world to collaborate and work on developing new knowledge in the field of Marketing, Service Quality and Sustainable Development.
During her free time, she loves to interact and connect with her family and friends and being outdoors.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2590
PhD in Physics, Polytech’Paris – UPMC, France.
Dr. Atanas was named Chief Academic Officer in 2019, and prior to this appointment, he was assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and CEO at UOBD. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and research at many universities and institutions around the world. He has also published numerous articles in renowned refereed journals and conference proceedings in many areas of expertise. Dr. Atanas is a Ph.D. graduate from the Polytech’ Paris and has received many honors and awards, mainly in physics. He is a consultant for many renowned oil and gas companies and is often invited as a keynote speaker to many consulting firms in the GCC. Furthermore, he also worked for the telecommunication sector in Paris while serving as a Research and Development Manager (R&D). Dr. Atanas brings all his expertise from industry and academia to promote excellence in education and uphold high academic standards at UOBD.
Dr. Atanas’s research interests are related to atomic and molecular physics with an emphasis on nanomaterials applied to medical health, thin film characterization and fabrication techniques, Occupational Health and Safety, Artificial Intelligence applied to industry, and the educational sector.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2599
M.A. in English Language Teaching, University of Balamand, Lebanon.
Mrs. Saba joined UOBD in 2018. She teaches a variety of English service courses and English major courses to undergraduates. She is currently pursuing her EdD in TESOL from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Prior to joining UOBD, she taught English at several renowned universities in the UAE and Lebanon, such as AUD, LAU, and UOB. Before going into her higher education career, Mrs. Saba also taught elementary and secondary classes at different schools in Lebanon. Her vast ten-year experience makes her an advocate of student-centered learning and using different tools to make the teaching-learning process more effective.
Mrs. Saba’s main research interests are in the areas of professional identity and professional development of higher education faculty, motivation and job satisfaction of ESL instructors, critical pedagogy and critical applied linguistics, and classroom-based research. She is also interested in using technology to enhance students’ English language skills. Her most recent study explores the use of blogs to enhance students’ writing skills.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2595
Ph.D. in Business Management, The British University in Dubai.
Dr. Blaique is an award-winning researcher and a professor with over ten years of experience in HRM and executive research.
She has an MBA from the Lebanese American University in Human Resource Management and a BA from the American University in Beirut. She has many publications in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management, and gender & diversity.
Prior to joining UoBD she worked as a Head of Research at several multinational executive research agencies and taught a variety of business courses at the graduate and postgraduate levels at leading universities in Dubai. Dr. Blaique is currently pursuing extensive research in the areas of innovation and strategic management.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2592
PhD in Mathematics and Computer Applications, University of Technology, Iraq.
Dr. Abulebda has more than fifteen years of experience in teaching and research. She has done extensive research in the fields of modules, rings, and Wyle Group. Dr. Abulebda has also participated in many national and international conferences on mathematics and has written numerous articles and proceedings in international journals. She has won an award for quality teaching in 2010 and an award for research in 2013.
Dr. Lamis’s primary research interest are in the area of modules with particular emphasis on the primary modules over non-commutative rings. She is deeply interested in understanding the characterization of the primary radical of a submodule. Her research investigates “The Primary Radical of Finitely Generated Submodule of Free Modules”, “Co-Primarily Packed Modules”, “P-Compactly Packed Modules”, and “Uniformly Primal Submodules”.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2591
PhD in Biochemistry, King AbdulAziz University, KSA.
Dr. Zia has two years of teaching experience and over six years of research experience. He has published several articles in renowned refereed journals . He is the receiver of second best researcher award by Saudi Society of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Furthermore, he has also received a research grant from King AbdulAziz City for Science and Technology for his work on Hepatitis B viral genetics among chronic liver disease patients.
Dr. Zia’s main research interests include evolutionary studies of pathogens and the impact of host and microbial interactions in health and disease. He is also deeply interested in studying the role of natural products as an anti-cancer therapeutic agent.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2539
PhD in Immunology-Physiology & Biology of Organisms, Lille I University, France (with high honors).
Dr. Zaatar completed her academic studies in Lebanon and in France. She was a recipient of her university’s President Scholarship which was allocated to two students by the French Ministry of Higher Education. She is passionate about research and teaching and has been working as an Assistant Professor in reputable institutions in Lebanon and in the UAE since 2010 before joining UOBD in 2018. Her teaching areas include general biology, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, physiology, and genetics.
Dr. Zaatar was also involved in clinical trials in several fields, such as dermatology, heart failure, transplantation, respiratory and ophthalmology. Furthermore, her experience in the corporate world with Novartis, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, allows her to bring extra insights and to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
Dr. Zaatar’s main research interests are in the fields of immunology, neuroimmunology, and physiology. She has several publications and has received multiple national and international awards, including an award for her review on “The new functions of the complement factors associated with inflammation mechanisms in the Central Nervous System (CNS)”. She is a regular member of the American Association of Immunologists.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2597
PhD in Curriculum and Instruction emphasis in Adult Education, University of South Florida, USA.
Dr. Awaida is a versatile educator with over thirteen years of teaching experience in the United States, the MENA region, and Asia. Before joining UOBD in 2018, Nadia worked as a graduate research assistant for the Quality Enhancement Plan and the Global Citizens Project at the University of South Florida. Nadia is a strong advocate for integrating transformative learning in practice and empowering students by promoting self-awareness and critical thinking in today’s interconnected world.
Dr. Awaida’s research interests are the role of curriculum design and manipulation in learning, diversity in the classroom, community and workplace learning, impact of culture on teaching and learning, and global skills in education.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2596
PhD in Chemistry, University of California Riverside, USA.
Dr. Massoud comes to UOBD from Los Angeles, CA as the founding faculty of Chemistry. Her academic experience includes instruction at reputable American universities such as UCLA and California State University. Dr. Massoud has designed and implemented scientific programs at UAE institutions, including the development of Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science curricula at Dubai’s International Horizons College.
Dr. Massoud has received numerous awards for her research, including the Eli Lilly Grant from the American Chemical Society. She has been recognized for her humanitarian efforts in Southern California, as well as internationally. In 2010, she received the Marguleas/Weiman Humanitarian of the Year Award. She continues to provide service to the community and her students by serving as the faculty advisor to UOBD’s Environmental Club.
Dr. Massoud’s research interests are mainly in organic chemistry, especially pertaining to the synthesis of small molecules as therapeutics. Her research focused on the synthesis of insulin mimics as a possible treatment for diabetes, as well as the development of small molecules as a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Massoud also worked briefly on the synthesis of self-assembled metal-ligand clusters (molecular cages) that act as biomolecular catalysts. Her most recent research includes a collaboration with NASA’s JPL to examine how climate change is affecting atmospheric rivers and precipitation in the Middle East.
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Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2598
Bachelor of Commerce in Advanced Accounting and Auditing (with honors), Sr. K.P. College of Commerce, India.
Prior to joining UOBD in 2018, Arwa worked in several companies in India, USA, and UAE. She has over twenty years of experience, and her areas of expertise include operations, supply chain diversity, entrepreneurship, and marketing.
She has been an active member of Rotary Club India since 1990, which brings together business and professional leaders who aim to bring forth humanitarian services, goodwill, and peace around the world.
Arwa is passionate about yoga, creativity techniques, community involvement, music, and ceramics.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2505
MA in Human Resource Management and Development, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE.
Prior to joining UOBD in 2019, Dalia worked in an FMCG company for five years as part of the HR department. She also has five more years of working experience in Human Resources in the banking and financial sectors between the UAE and Egypt.
Dalia enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and going to the beach. She also finds pleasure in exploring different cuisines and travelling around the world.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2441
Bachelor of Business Administration, Lebanese University, Lebanon.
Prior to joining UOBD, Glades worked for more than 18 years in many fields: Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm (www.ajalawfirm.com) – Beirut, Lebanon, Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) – Dubai government Dubai, UAE and, Droo Tactical Company – Dubai, UAE
Her interests are swimming and traveling to discover new places in her free time.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2532
Degree in Management information System , Computer Programming Center, Lebanon.
Haifa joined UOBD in November 2020. Haifa started as a Mathematics teacher in Lebanon for 9 years, in 2007 she moved to UAE and became an administration staff member in the Education sector for 10 years. Later she was elected to the Administration Manager Position in an International school in Dubai which she held for 5 years.
Haifa Enjoys spending time with the family.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2512
Bachelor of Commerce, Cairo University, Egypt.
Mamdouh joined UOBD in 2018 as chief accountant. He has thirteen years of finance and accounting experience in UAE. Mamdouh worked in several sectors such as real-estate, trading and education. He is now working on completing his CMA.
Mamdouh enjoys reading, listening to music and playing Chess. He also likes to play tennis and walk.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2520
Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Diploma in English Language and Literature, University of Balamand, Lebanon.
Maya has more than fourteen years of experience in the library domain. Her journey as a librarian began in 2007 at the University of Balamand, Lebanon, and she has also been a member of the Lebanese Library association since 2008. In Spring 2018, Ms. Haydar joined the University of Balamand Dubai to become the library founder and was able to add 2,000 valuable books to the library in two years of work. She also assists in teaching the Library and Research Methods course.
Maya also holds a Bachelor of Musicology from the Lebanese Conservatory, and her talent makes singing her favorite hobby. She was an effective member of the UOB Oriental Choir from the year 2000 to 2014. She is also fond of reading, researching, and writing.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2536
MA in Human Resource Management, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Mira joined UOBD in December 2018. She heads up the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment and handles the responsibilities of managing the recruitment and admission activities of UOBD, including coordinating and implementing various recruitment programs. Her responsibilities also include developing and maintaining partnerships between the university and local school systems.
Mira has more than twelve years of working experience. Prior to joining UOBD, she handled the responsibility of a Senior Student Recruitment Officer at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
During her free time, she likes to listen to music and exercise.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2510
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Balamand, Lebanon.
Rachelle joined the University of Balamand Dubai in August 2018 as a Student Recruitment Assistant. She has been working in the UAE for the past six years in the field of business administration in several sectors including insurance, education, and FMCG.
Rachelle enjoys exercising, going the beach, and spending quality time with her family.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2511
Bachelor of Communication and Information Studies, American University in Dubai.
Tala joined UOBD in October 2020. While completing her bachelor’s degree, Tala has gathered almost two years of experience in Social Media through internships at different media companies including ITP.
In her spare time, Tala enjoys taking pictures, watching movies, and exercising.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2513
Bachelor in Information Technology, Al Khawarizmi College, UAE.
Ussama has been working in the higher education sector in UAE since 2003. Previously worked at The Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University, and Abu Dhabi School of Management. Ussama has hands-on experience in Student Affairs, admissions and registration, internship, and as well as Institutional Research, effectiveness, planning, and most recently Risk Management with a professional interest in engagement and motivation, change management, and data analysis and representation.
Direct Landline: +971 4 812 2529
UOBD is licensed to operate as an institution of higher learning by the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE).
The following programs offered by UOBD have received initial accreditation by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the MOE:
Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) approved that the UOBD Professional Teaching Diploma meets the criteria to be accepted as teacher preparation qualification in Dubai.
Other degree programs are under review for initial accreditation by the CAA or are planned for development and pursuit of CAA initial accreditation in the near future.