Gulbahar Abdallah

Gulbahar Abdallah

Senior Lecturer / Head of Quality Assurance and Academic PartnershipsDesignation


Ms Gulbahar Abdallah is the Head of Quality Assurance and Academic Partnerships at Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) in partnership with University of Derby. She first joined the university as an Academic Assistant in October 2013. Between January 2012 and June 2013 Ms Abdallah was an assessor of Business and International Tourism dissertations at the University of Sunderland, England. In 2011 she completed a Master in Administration (MA) in International Management studies at the University of Sunderland, UK, and is currently near completion of her PhD at Leeds Beckett University, UK. As an area of personal interest, the PhD investigates female migration and emotional labour in the Hospitality industry in Qatar. Ms 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 Programme 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.