UA Administrators in Qatar for Wildcat Reunion

Hassan Hijazi
Jan. 29, 2013

The UA has a particularly strong alumni presence in the Middle East, and after two successful and well-attended UA alumni reunions in Dubai organized by a group of loyal Wildcats, another is being held.

The third annual Tucson Wildcats Gulf Alumni Reunion will be held in Doha, Qatar on Jan. 31.

This is the second year the UA will be represented at the reunion and is the first time the delegation will include representation from multiple colleges and the UA Foundation.

“We are thrilled to have a UA contingency attending the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) reunion, this speaks volumes of the commitment of the University of Arizona and the GCC to higher education and global outreach,” said Mohammed Sharaf, chief executive officer of DP World.

More than 100 UA alumni living and working in the Gulf region will come together, joined by a group of UA deans, to develop and strengthen the academic, business and research bonds between the UA and its talented alumni.

Last year, for example, such collaborations brought together the UA’s Biosphere 2 and the Sultanate of Oman to design and build an outdoor exhibit at University facility north of Tucson showcasing the ancient Omani falaj water system. This year, proposed projects relate to engineering, the environment and health care.

The reunion offers professionals, business leaders and academics the opportunity to come together in a more informal setting, and to facilitate face-to-face meetings with government leaders.

Qatar is ideally suited to facilitate these talks after having just hosted the United Nations COP18 Environment Conference. The country also is in line to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and is making a $100 billion investment in education and infrastructure as the country takes on greater roles in the international community.

“The UA alumni network is truly global. We are proud to support this reunion of our alumni in the Gulf States and look forward to updating our alumni on the many exciting research and outreach initiatives that position the UA internationally as a top-tier research university,” said Melinda Burke, president and executive director of the UA Alumni Association.

In the Gulf region, the alumni are in full swing preparing to host the event and reconnecting with the UA.

Ali Al-Siddiqi, the head of the Qatar Reunion Organizing Committee said: “As proud alumni of the University of Arizona, we look forward to hosting our fellow alumni from the Gulf States as well as the official UA delegation. The UA’s impact on our lives and careers was significant, and we are committed to extending that impact.”

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Contact: Hassan Hijazi at or 520-955-3657; Ali Al Siddiqi Al-Emadi at


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