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Department of Geography and Urban Sustainability


The Department of Geography and Urban Sustainability offers a wide range of excellent Academic Programs in various aspects of geography and urbanization, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. Undergraduate students graduate as specialist in Geoinformatics, Urban Planning, Sustainable Environment Geography or other prospective interdisciplinary programs. The Department also offers a Master’s program in remote sensing and GIS. 

Faculty members have developed strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research ties to departments in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, and participate in a growing number of research programs at UAEU and with government institutions.


This programme is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the IESInstitution of Environmental Sciences (IES). CHES is the collective voice of the environmental sciences academic community and serves to enhance the quality of environmental education worldwide. A programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector. Students enrolled on CHES accredited programmes can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once they graduate. This programme is aligned with the academic requirements of Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) and starts graduates on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist. 


Our commitment is to undertake research and produce educated, balanced and employable graduates who understand the interactions between human societies and the environment, in the UAE and beyond. We strive to ensure that our students leave this department with the necessary knowledge, skills, creativity and leadership qualities which will contribute to the development and growth of the UAE, and enable then to lead successful careers.       


GIS and Remote Sensing Labs

The GIS and RS Laboratories at United Arab Emirates University were established with an aim to support the undergraduate and master students of Geography department. Labs provides an environment where faculty, staff and students work together to improve knowledge in GIS, RS and the cartography field. There are four labs (two at male campus and two at female campus), managed by full time lab specialists and lab instructors. Lab staff are available to assist lab users with locating geospatial data, integrating data into GIS projects, and ArcGIS functionality.

Climate Station Lab

The Climate Station is used to provide comprehensive and practical climatology training for UAEU students taking climatology and other weather related courses.

Academic Programs



Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Ext.

Dr. Naeema Al Hosani 

Associate Professor and Chair


Prof. Fayez Elessawy



Dr. Mohamed Yagoub



Dr. Nazmi Saleous  

Associate Professor and
Director of the M.Sc. in Remote Sensing and GIS Program


Dr. Ahmad Bin Touq

Associate Professor  


Dr. Abdelgadir Abuelgasim

Associate Professor 5078

Dr. Khaula Al Kaabi

Associate Professor  5001 

Dr. Tareefa AlSumaiti

Associate Professor


Dr. Khaleid Hussein

Associate Professor


Dr. Marwan El Mubarak

Assistant Professor


Dr. Robert M.Bridi

Assistant Professor


Dr. Ahmed Almurshidi

Assistant Professor


Mr. Abdallah Al Bizreh



Ms. Farah Muhammad Saeed   



General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Geography and Urban Sustainability. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
United Arab Emirates University,
P.O. Box 15551, Al Ain, UAE 

Phone: +971 3 713 6411 
Fax: +971  3 713 4978 

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Oct 5, 2022