Program Head, Arabic Language; Senior Lecturer of Arabic Language
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Arabic Language and Literature, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; MA Teaching Foreign Languages, Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS), California, USA
Research Areas: Arabic language and literature
A specialist in Arabic language and literature, Omima El Araby has extensive experience teaching Arabic and designing rigorous foreign language programs. She has been teaching the Arabic Language since 1981 in Egypt and Kuwait for native speakers and for non-native speakers in the USA since 1991.
She previously worked for the Defense Language Institute in Monterey (DLI), California as a Language Instructor, teaching Modern Standard Arabic and the Egyptian Dialect. She also served as a Course Developer and Test Writer and co-authored a number of textbooks, digital instructional material and proficiency-based tests for the use of the DLI.
In 2005 she served as an Arabic Language Lecturer at the University of Virginia (UVA), in Charlottesville, Virginia. She joined NYUAD since its establishment in the fall semester of 2010 and was one of the founding team members of the Arabic Studies Program. She served as the Program Assistant Director since the fall semester of 2015. Starting of the fall semester of 2019 she was appointed as the Head of the Arabic Studies Program.