Dr. Ali Abdallah

Dr. Ali Abdallah

Associate Professor / Programme Leader, International Tourism ManagementDesignation


Dr. Ali Abdallah is an Associate Professor and the Programme Leader of Tourism Management studies at Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) with the University of Derby, Qatar. Dr. Abdallah was previously Programme Leader for Events Management at the University of Sunderland, England. Deriving from a mixed Middle Eastern and Western cultural background, he continuously aimed at combining his cultural background with his research interests. His research interests include Cultural Tourism and Tourism development in the Middle East, Tourism Diaspora Mobilities in the UK, Tourism and Education, and Cultural Traditions as forms of tourist attractions.
Dr. Abdallah completed a BSc in Tourism and Hospitality studies, and an MSc in Tourism and Event Management at the University of Sunderland, UK, and completed his PhD in Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University, England. He is a fellow of the higher education academy and was awarded the “Most Engaging Lecturer” and “Best Programme Leader for Student Learning Experience” at the University of Sunderland in 2013, and “Best Lecturer of Year 2015” at Stenden University Qatar.
Dr. Abdallah continuously engages in Higher Education research and is a member of several scientific committees. He is also the Chair of Research at Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU).


  • Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Researching Tourism and Hospitality within the Lebanese Diaspora in the UK.
    Research title: Cultural Traditions and Diasporic Identity: An Examination of Cultural Traditions by means of Hospitality within the Lebanese Diaspora in London.
  • University Of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
    Obtained a Masters Degree (MSc) in Tourism and Events Management.
  • University Of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
    Obtained a BSc Honours Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management.
  • PGCE in Higher Education – attained June 2013.
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) – Recognition reference: 52923

Areas of Expertise

  • Tourism Management
  • Event Management
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Traditions
  • Tourism Development in the Middle East
  • Tourism Diaspora Mobilities
  • Tourism in Higher Education
  • Destination Rebranding
  • Events and destination development
  • Tourist behavior and product consumption


  • Abdallah, A. 2022. Reviving a Collapsing Country’s Economy Through Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of Tourism in Lebanon. International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management, 6(1), pp.1-7.
  • Abdallah, A. 2022. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Events Management Industry: examining events in Qatar. Rihan Journal for Scientific Publishing, 20, pp .65-93.
  • Abdallah, A., AlMaadheed, S. 2021. Culture Promotion through Food Tourism: A case of Qatar’s Local cuisine. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, 2(1), pp .28-41.
  • Abdallah, A.. 2021. Fake News, False Advertising, Social Media, and the Tourism Industry. International Journal of Development Research, 11(7), pp. 48999-49003.
  • Abdallah, A. 2020. The Future of Green Cities in 2040: A case study on the capital city of Qatar, Doha. Humanities and Social Sciences, 8(6), pp. 170-176. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20200806.11
  • Abdallah, A., Abdallah, G. 2020. Migration, Gender, and the Hospitality Industry: exploring the use of female emotional labour within the hospitality industry. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 8(4), pp. 131-139.
  • Abdallah, A., Fletcher, T. and Hannam, K. 2019. Lebanese Food, ‘Lebaneseness’ and the Lebanese Diaspora in London. Hospitality and Society, 9(2), pp. 145-160.
  • Abdallah, A., Mohannadi, S. 2019. The West Beats the Rest: examining shopping tourism in the UK as an attraction tool for wealthy tourists. International Journal of Management and Applied Science (IJMAS), 5(2), pp. 34-40.
  • Abdallah, A., Bakry, R. 2019. Advancing towards Sustainable Economies: examining resident attitudes and perceptions towards sustainable Tourism development in Qatar. “Socio Economic Problems of Sustainable Development”. UNEC.
  • Abdallah, A., Abdallah, F. 2018. The Lebanese Diaspora and Tourism in Lebanon: Migration and Economic Impacts. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle.
  • Abdallah, A. 2017. Tourism Management Programmes in Higher Education: past, present and future.World Research Library, ISERD, Kiev. http://www.worldresearchlibrary.org/up_proc/pdf/1231-15163629291-8.pdf.
  • Abdallah, A., Abdallah, F. 2017. The Lebanese Diaspora and Tourism in Lebanon: migration and economic impacts . Migration and Immigration; Effects and Consequences on the Lebanese Economy and the Tourism Sector. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge.
  • Abdallah, A. 2016. “Guest Speakers and Internationalisation in Higher Education: a critical reflection of guest speakers in Tourism programmes”. Tourism Education in the 21st Century: Principles, Policies, Internationalization. BITCO, Serbia. Abdallah, A., Hannam, K. 2015. “Food as a Quixotic: Producing Lebanese cuisine in London”. Event Mobilities: The Politics of the Everyday and the Extraordinary. London: Routledge.
  • Abdallah, A. 2015. “Night-time Economy in Beirut: Modernization and Re-branding as a Recovery Mechanism for Tourism Development in Lebanon”. The 2015 WEI International Academic Conference Proceedings, Barcelona, Spain. Online at: http://www.westeastinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Ali-Abdallah.pdf.
  • Abdallah, A. 2014. “Tourism, Culture and the Lebanese Diaspora: Culturing Tourism through Migration”. Athens: ATINER’S Conference Paper Series, No: TOU2014-0963.
  • Abdallah, A., Hannam, K. 2013. Hospitality and the Lebanese Diaspora: A critical perspective. e-Review of Tourism Research (eRTR), 10(5/6). Texas. http://ertr.tamu.edu/files/2013/05/eRTR_SI_V10i5_6_Hospitality-and-the-Lebanese-Diaspora-A- critical-perspective_April2013_19-37.pdf
  • Abdallah, A. and Hannam, K. 2013. The Lebanese Diaspora and Hospitality in the UK. Paper presented to the ATLAS Independent Travel Conference, Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Abdallah, A., Guereno-Omil, B., Brown, R., and Hannam, K. 2011. The Libyan Crisis and its effects on students. Paper presented to the Dealing with Disasters International Conference, Glamorgan University, UK.