Dr. Gulbahar Abdallah

Dr. Gulbahar Abdallah

Assistant Professor / Head of Quality Assurance and Academic PartnershipsDesignation


Dr. Gulbahar Abdallah is the Head of Quality Assurance and Academic Partnerships at Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) in partnership with University of Derby since February 2020. She first joined the university as an Academic Assistant in October 2013. Between November 2014 and February 2020 she worked as a Quality Assurance Coordinator at the university. Prior joining the university Dr. Abdallah also worked as an assessor of Business and International Tourism dissertations at the University of Sunderland, England. In 2011, Dr. Abdallah completed a BA in Business Administration at Cyprus International University, Cyprus. In 2011, she completed a MA in International Management studies at the University of Sunderland, UK, and completed her PhD at Leeds Beckett University, UK. As an area of personal interest, the PhD investigated female migration, emotional labour, and the hospitality industry in Qatar. Dr. Abdallah has a high passion for Higher Education which is demonstrated in her role as Head of Quality Assurance and Academic Partnerships, while lecturing within the International Business Management, International Tourism Management, and International Hospitality Management Programmes at ARIU.

Areas of expertise

  • Female Migration
  • Emotional Labor
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Cross cultural communication


  • 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, G. (2017). When Economic Crises become a Motivational Crisis: An Examination of Employee Motivation at NAKSAN Holdings Turkey during the 2008 Economic Crisis. In: Turkish Studies from Different Perspectives, 1st ed. Athens: ATINER, pp.285-296.

CPD and Staff Development

  • APacCHRIE & EuroCHRIE Joint Conference cum 4th Global Tourism and Hospitality Conference. May 21 – 25, 2019
  • Building Inclusive Communities, International Conference. 8-12 April 2019, The Netherlands.
  • ATINER: 11th Annual International Conference on Tourism. 25 – 28 June 2016. Athens, Greece.
  • Tourism in Tomorrow’s World: Doha, Qatar. 23&24 February 2014.