Dr. Ali Abdallah

Dr. Ali Abdallah

Associate Professor / Programme Leader Tourism ManagementDesignation


Ali Abdallah is an Associate Professor in Tourism Management studies at Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU). Prior joining Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU), Ali was programme leader of Event Management at the University of Sunderland, England. Deriving from a mixed Middle Eastern and Western cultural background, Ali 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, and Cultural Traditions as forms of Tourist attractions.
Ali completed a BSc in Tourism and Hospitality studies, an MSc in Tourism and Event Management and is currently completing his PhD in Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University, England.
Ali’s career in the Tourism industry started at an early stage. He became a lecturer in Tourism Studies at the age of 23 and a programme leader at the age of 25. 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.
Ali continuously engages in Higher Education research and recently became a member of ATINER’s scientific and organising committee, Athens, Greece.


  • 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

Area 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., 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.
  • 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.