Dubai, United Arab Emirates

American University in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The American University in Dubai is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, founded in 1995. AUD is accredited regionally as a separate unit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. AUD serves UAE nationals and international students from all over the world and offer them an American-style education. The University has both US and UAE accreditation for all of its programs. AUD is the only university outside the United States and Latin America to be directly accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, although it is not the only US-accredited university in the Persian Gulf region . American University in Dubai is not affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C.2012–2013 enrollment was around 3,000 and over 100 nationalities are represented in the student body. AUD has a diverse faculty of over 180. AUD's curricula is skill-directed and career-oriented.The University is organized into Schools: School of Architecture, Art and Design Department of Architecture Department of Interior Design Department of Visual Communication School of Arts and science Middle Eastern StudiesSchool of Business Administration Department of Business and Economics Department of Finance and Accounting Department of Management Department of Marketing and Marketing CommunicationsMohammed bin Rashid School for Communication School of EducationSchool of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering Department of Mechanical EngineeringServing the Community at large as a source of expertise from within the AUD faculty members, AUD’s different centers offer services ranging from training and consultancy to research projects within their respective sectors. Wikipedia.

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-- Mr. Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH – Hospitality Management Holding, welcomed this week Mr. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, the new General Manager of Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD), at Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel. During his visit, Mr. Geziry met the various team members as well as saw the fabulous facilities at the hotel.Congratulating Mr. Saleh Al Geziry on his new role, Mr. Purcell said, "It is an enormous privilege to welcome Mr. Saleh Al Geziry at Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel. Over the years we have enjoyed working closely with Ajman Tourism Development Department and are eager to continue our collaboration. In keeping with the vision of the authorities, Mr. Saleh Al Geziry has got exciting plans for promoting Ajman that will further accelerate the demand for this superb destination.  We are thrilled to be part of it and delighted to extend our full support."Ajman offers a unique destination experience, combined with the best infrastructure and 5-star facilities. With a peaceful and beautiful coastal setting and ancient Emirati heritage, Ajman is fast gaining in prominence among global and regional travellers.Ajman's beaches are some of the best in the UAE with golden coastline and lush green parks -perfect for family get-togethers.Re-development of the cornice, Ajman International Airport, Heritage Village behind Ajman museum and Al Zorah Golf Club are some of the new developments in Ajman that will tremendously boost the tourism sector. In addition, the destination is working on adding new shopping and leisure attractions as well as improving its business infrastructure.Prior to joining ATDD, Mr. Saleh Al Geziry was the Director of Overseas Promotions and Inward Missions at Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) - the principal authority responsible for strengthening Dubai's positioning as a world-leading tourism destination and commercialhub.Joining DTCM straight after graduating from the American University in Dubai in 2002, Saleh Al Geziry has worked his way up through the ranks of DTCM, building lasting relationships with key industry stakeholders in the public and private sectors both in Dubai and internationally.About HMHFounded in 2003 in Dubai, HMH – Hospitality Management Holding is a fully integrated hotel management company that prides itself for being one of the pioneers among local groups that are specialized in the dry segment. Being the largest operator in the sector within the region, HMH provides hotel owners and developers a broad spectrum of world-class management solutions with five distinct, yet complementary, hotel brands catering to varied market segments from luxury to budget. These include Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel, Coral Hotels & Resorts, Corp Hotels, EWA Hotel Apartments and ECOS Hotels.HMH's strategic expansion in the Middle East and North Africa has been successful in unlocking a world of opportunities while creating value for its stakeholders, associates, staff members and customers. The existing portfolio is located in some of the most desirable destinations across the MENA region, with a pipeline of hotels under development to grow HMH's regional footprint even further.For more information about HMH please visit or subscribenow For media contact:Hina BakhtVice PresidentMPJ (Marketing Pro-Junction)Mob: +971 50 697 5146Email: h.bakht@mpj-pr.com

Son S.,American University in Dubai
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing | Year: 2017

An intersection is one of the most critical points in the traffic systems that contain numerous factors considered in the design process. Human factors in intersection designs are complex and their characteristics have a wide range of variability in terms of personality and psychology of road users. However, these human variabilities could be estimated and used as human factors on road designs and traffic operations. The locations of traffic signal at the intersections in influences driver’s visibility and reaction relevant to startup loss time on traffic signal timing. When unclear visibility exists, driver’s delayed reaction time will results in greater loss time and a sudden startup that might cause safety concern between pedestrian and vehicles. This study investigated the effect of driver’s reaction time at varying distance between stop line and signal location on intersection efficiency and safety for a near-side traffic signal and far-side traffic signal. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017.

El-Hassan H.,United Arab Emirates University | Kianmehr P.,American University in Dubai
MATEC Web of Conferences | Year: 2017

The increasing use of pervious concrete as sustainable and environment-friendly paving materials is primarily owed to its ability to reduce pavement runoff. The mechanical and transport properties of pervious concrete with 50% ground-granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) replacement are examined in this paper. Open-graded 10 mm and 20 mm aggregates were used to attain porosity of 10%, 15%, and 20%. Polypropylene short cut fibers were added to the mix. The clogging potential of pervious concrete exposed to dust was also investigated. The results indicated that increasing the porosity led to a decrease in compressive and tensile strength. Similar findings were reported when smaller aggregates were used. The fiber addition was only effective in low-porosity concrete. Permeability, characterized by its coefficient k, was proportional to porosity and inversely proportional to aggregate size. After 40-year simulated dust exposure, the concrete permeability could be restored with water flushing maintenance process. In comparison to ordinary Portland cement (OPC) concrete, pervious concrete incorporating GGBS is a more sustainable paving solution, offering a reduction in heat island effect and electricity consumption while also alleviating carbon emissions. © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017.

Moukayed M.,American University in Dubai | Grant W.B.,Nutrition and Health Research Center
Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders | Year: 2017

Global cancer incidence and mortality rates are high and increasing. Thus, it is imperative to find novel solutions to preventing cancer incidence and treating it at an affordable yet efficacious manner. The solar UVB-vitamin D-cancer hypothesis was first proposed in 1980 based on a geographical ecological study. Since then, numerous ecological and observational studies as well as studies of mechanisms have provided support for the hypothesis. However, observational studies have not provided consistent support, in part due to using a single blood draw from any season to use for serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentration in prospective studies with long follow-up times. Case-controls studies, in which blood is drawn near time of diagnosis, and prospective studies in which blood is drawn in the sunnier half of the year, are more likely to find significant inverse relations between 25(OH)D and cancer incidence. Three vitamin D plus calcium clinical trials have found significant reduction in all-cancer incidence. This paper reviews the evidence for vitamin D in reducing incidence of and increasing survival from breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancer. The epidemiological evidence provides strong support for all of these types of cancer except for non-aggressive prostate cancer. Studies of the cellular mechanisms of vitamin D action in different cancer cell types, strongly indicate that vitamin D can exert protective and anti-tumorigenic activities that would retard cellular transformation, hyperplasia and cancer progression. Based on the scientific evidence reviewed in this paper, individuals and health providers can consider increasing 25(OH)D concentrations through sensible sun exposure and/or vitamin D supplementation to reduce risk of and, in conjunction with standard care, treat cancer. Public health acceptance of vitamin D for cancer prevention and treatment requires stronger support from vitamin D clinical trials. © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York

Moukayed M.,American University in Dubai | Grant W.B.,Nutrition and Health Research Center
Nutrients | Year: 2013

The metabolite of vitamin D, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (also known as calcitriol), is a biologically active molecule required to maintain the physiological functions of several target tissues in the human body from conception to adulthood. Its molecular mode of action ranges from immediate nongenomic responses to longer term mechanisms that exert persistent genomic effects. The genomic mechanisms of vitamin D action rely on cross talk between 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 signaling pathways and that of other growth factors or hormones that collectively regulate cell proliferation, differentiation and cell survival. In vitro and in vivo studies demonstrate a role for vitamin D (calcitriol) in modulating cellular growth and development. Vitamin D (calcitriol) acts as an antiproliferative agent in many tissues and significantly slows malignant cellular growth. Moreover, epidemiological studies have suggested that ultraviolet-B exposure can help reduce cancer risk and prevalence, indicating a potential role for vitamin D as a feasible agent to prevent cancer incidence and recurrence. With the preventive potential of this biologically active agent, we suggest that countries where cancer is on the rise-yet where sunlight and, hence, vitamin D may be easily acquired-adopt awareness, education and implementation strategies to increase supplementation with vitamin D in all age groups as a preventive measure to reduce cancer risk and prevalence. © 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Majzoub S.,American University in Dubai
IDT'10 - 2010 5th International Design and Test Workshop, Proceedings | Year: 2010

Today, power management is a key design objective in chip fabrication. In this paper, we present a novel approach to reduce power consumption in SIMD based multi-core architectures. Voltage scaling technique is used, by implementing voltage islands, to optimize power and performance tradeoff for the cores. The number of islands and their respective voltage are selected based on the power-delay characteristics of each instruction: slow instructions run at the nominal voltage while fast instructions run at a lower voltage to save power. An image compression algorithm is mapped into the hardware to demonstrate the power reduction. The results show energy savings of 2.0X for the specified application. ©2010 IEEE.

Choudhury G.,Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology | Tadj L.,American University in Dubai | Deka K.,Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology
Computers and Mathematics with Applications | Year: 2010

This paper deals with the steady-state behavior of an MX / G / 1 retrial queue with an additional second phase of optional service and service interruption where breakdowns occur randomly at any instant while the server is serving the customers. Further, the concept of delay time is also introduced in the model. This model generalizes both the classical MX / G / 1 retrial queue with service interruption as well as the MX / G / 1 queue with second optional service and service interruption. We carry out an extensive analysis of this model. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

El-Hassan H.,American University in Dubai | Shao Y.,McGill University
Cement and Concrete Composites | Year: 2015

Abstract The effect of carbonation curing on the mechanical properties and microstructure of concrete masonry units (CMU) with Portland limestone cement (PLC) as binder was examined. Slab samples, representing the web of a CMU, were initially cured at 25°C and 50% relative humidity for durations up to 18 h. Carbonation was then carried out for 4 h in a chamber at a pressure of 0.1 MPa. Based on Portland limestone cement content, CO2 uptake of PLC concrete after 18 h of initial curing reached 18%. Carbonated and hydrated concretes showed comparable compressive strength at both early and late ages due to the 18-h initial curing. Carbonation reaction converted early hydration products to a crystalline microstructure and subsequent hydration transformed amorphous carbonates into more crystalline calcite. Portland limestone cement could replace Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) in making equivalent CMUs which have shown similar carbon sequestration potential. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Saqan E.,American University in Dubai | Rasheed H.,Kansas State University
Journal of the Franklin Institute | Year: 2011

Recent research in concrete analysis and design has revealed that the shear capacity contributed by concrete correlates well with the neutral axis depth. While nonlinear analysis calculation of the neutral axis depth is trivial for reinforced concrete beams, it is iterative for prestressed concrete beams and does not lend itself to straightforward hand calculations. In this study, a program is developed to simulate the response of prestressed concrete rectangular sections subjected to monotonic bending taking into account cracking, yielding and ultimate states. This program is used to benchmark a simplified analytical procedure devised to perform the same task by hand. Accordingly, critical observations made to a large pool of experimental and analytical results reveal that the momentcurvature and momentextreme fiber strain can be accurately modeled as trilinear relationships. The four key points that define the trilinear functions (initial, cracking, yielding and ultimate) may be computed analytically from simple equations derived based on consistent assumptions with the true behavior. Once the simplified analysis is performed, the computation of the neutral axis depth becomes a simple hand calculation. A parametric study was performed to further simplify the analytical procedure by computing the four key points that define the trilinear functions through linear relationships that were derived based on regression analysis of a large number of beam solutions. The neutral axis depth was calculated using the analytical and the simplified procedures for three beams with different ratios of prestressing steel and concrete strength. The results compared well with the iterative numerical procedure. © 2010 The Franklin Institute. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Saqan E.I.,American University in Dubai | Rasheed H.A.,Kansas State University | Hawileh R.A.,American University of Sharjah
Composites Part B: Engineering | Year: 2013

The technology of using FRP composites to strengthen concrete members has proven its effectiveness over the years. Accordingly, design guides have been developed to aid engineers in applying this technology. ACI 440.2R-08 is one of the major design guides used in the US and elsewhere in the world. Due to the existence of two major sectional tensile forces in steel and FRP as well as the likelihood of different failure modes, the ACI 440.2R-08 flexural strengthening design procedure leads to an iterative process. In this study an efficient design procedure that eliminates the need for iterations is developed. The FRP area determined from the developed design procedure has been shown to correlate very accurately to the exact area obtained iteratively according to the ACI 440.2R-08 document. Several design examples are solved to illustrate the potential use of this efficient and simple design procedure in expediting the current design computations. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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