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Research Projects

A competitive Research Grants Scheme was established at UOWD in 2006 for 12 month research projects.
The aim of the scheme is to provide financial support for high quality research projects, undertaken by
full-time faculty at UOWD, which promote the social and economic development of the UAE and
wider Gulf region.


Project Title Principle Investigator(s) Amount AED

Smart adaptive security for mobile EEG monitoring 

Abdelghani Benharref


Percieved service quality and service quality and consumer loyality of Halal services: An exploratory study of the roles of religiosity and value among consumers in UAE

Jawahitha Sarabdeen


Future smart buildings sensing energy

Kamal Jafar


Motives and benefits of business excellence awards: the step towards Business excellence for UAE organizations

Flevy Lasrado


Organizational Performance of UAE organizations in the light of sustainable quality management

Bostjan Gomiscek


A Framework for teams of micro autonomous ariel quadcopters for surveillance

Mohammed Watfa 10,000

Design and modelling of novel meta surfaces for specific absorption rate mitigation in wearable systems

Mohamed Farek Malek


Psycho-acoustic based modelling of complex synthesis algorithm for rapid sound prototyping

Stefano Fascini 




Project title Grant Winners 2014-Batch 1
Opportunities for SME’s: Creative approaches to the Dubai Smart City Strategy Dr Greg Kerr
Compensation Disparity among Expatriates in Subsidiaries of Chinese MNCs in the UAE Dr Kathy Shen
Privacy Protection and the Use of Cloud Services in Educational Institutions in the UAE Dr Jawahitha Sarabdeen
Organizational Ethics: Looking at consumers’ perception of clothing brands and their foreign manufacturing practices Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues
CI: Ms Zeenath Khan
The influence of social media on purchase decisions in the UAE Dr Swapna Koshy


Project Title Principle Investigator(s) Amount AED
A new Innovative Methodology to Interactive Teaching Dr Mohamed Watfa 15,000
Gender Mobility and Capabilities: A Case Study of Women in Karachi Dr Asima Shirazi 8,000
Organizational Learning Within Supply Chain Networks Dr Arijit Sikdar
Dr Payyazhi Jayashree
Dr Balan Sundarakani
An Innovative Cost Effective Semi-Holographic Approach to University Teaching and Learning Dr Mohamed Watfa 15,000
The Coming of Age of Chinese Expatriate Managers: An Exploratory Study Dr Mona Mustafa 15,000
The role of cultural competence, values and world views in facilitating clinical practices of internationally qualified nurses into health organisations in the United Arab Emirates Dr Alison Thirlwall 15,000
Delivering Images and Managing Impressions in the Global Telecoms industry Dr Sidney Lowe 10,000
Early Years in Application: An intelligent support system for teaching ESL Dr Catherine Todd 10,000
Smart Data Synchronisation in mhealth Platforms Dr Abdelghani Benharref 10,000
Designing a hybrid Cloud Platform for Supply chain Networks Dr Balan Sundarakani 10,000


Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Amount
Profiling tweets for Online Reputation Management Dr Farhad Oroumchian, UOWD
Dr Khaled Shaalan, British University in Dubai
Ms Rumana Rahim
How innovative are the GCC’s Logistics Service Providers in the era of crises: investigation and analysis through Hybrid Approach Dr Balan Sundarakani 15,000

Investigation of the security of Dubai healthcare Information systems: Perceptions and value conflicts

Dr Halim Khelalfa, UOWD
Dr Farhad Oroumchian, UOWD
Dr Nidhal Abdulaziz, UOWD
Mr Mahmoud Numan Bakkar

Study into the implications of societal factors, e-technology and increased online sources on students’ attitude towards e-cheating in the UAE Zeenath Reza Khan, UOWD
Dr Ghassan Al Qaimari, Fujairah College
Social networking sites and work life boundaries Dr Mona Mustafa, UOWD
Dr Kathy Ning Shen, UOWD
Safety Modelling for Aviation Systems Dr Nidhal Abdulaziz, UOWD
Dr Farhad Oroumchian, UOWD
Dr Halim Khelalfa, UOWD
Professor Sarim Al Zubaidy, Nazarbayev University


Project Title Investigator(s) Amount AED
Do Sukuk Perform better than other financial instruments during the financial crisis? Evidence from GCC countries Dr Hela Miniaoui 10,000
Moving Luxury Brands Online: Synergy between Technical Design and Marketing Strategies Dr Kathy Shen 15,000
The Extent of Risk Management Practices in Islamic Financial Institutions Dr Jawahitha Sarabdeen 15,000
The Performance of Islamic Banks and Conventional Banks in the GCC countries: A Comparative Empirical Analysis Dr Naeem Muhammed, UOWD, Principal Investigator 
Dr Hela Miniaoui, UOWD, Co-Investigator
Determinants of Internet Financial Reporting Practices: Evidence from the UAE and Comparison with Global Best Practices Dr Hela Miniaoui, UOWD, Principal Investigator
Dr Peter B Oyelere, United Arabs Emirates University, Co-Investigator


Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Amount AED
UOWD Research Grants
Transformation of Emirati Managers’ Values during Rapid Modernization and Emiratisation Dr Michael Willemyns 15,000
Understanding Health Information Systems Assimilation in the UAE: 
A Multi-level Approach
Dr Kathy Shen, 
Prof Mohamed Khalifa, 
Dr David Van Over & 
Ms Suzan Ahmed
Energy Efficient Internet in the UAE Dr Mohamed Salem & 
Dr Mohamed Watfa
Energy Efficient Protocols and Software Tools for Sensor Networks Dr Mohamed Watfa 15,000
UOWD Industry and Community Linkage Grants
Computer Vision–based Imaging System for Road Traffic Monitoring Dr Farhad Keissarian 7,000
Greening the Construction Industry Supply Chain in UAE: Modelling the Carbon Footprint Dr Balan Sundarakani, 
Dr David Van Over & 
Dr Arijit Sikdar
Computer-based System for Newborn Hearing Screening Test Information Storage, Retrieval and Analysis Dr Catherine Todd, 
Dr Rana Batterjee & 
Ms Lubaina Sharafally
Service Loyalty: Making it Work Dr Melodena Balakrishnan, 
Dr Naeem Muhammed & 
Mr Immanuel Moonesar
NRF ‘Enhancement Grants’
User Adoption of e-Government in UAE Dr Jawahitha Sarabdeen & 
Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues
New Design Approach for Safer and Economical Structures in Seismic Regions Dr Kamal Jaafar 15,000
Virtual Manipulation and Force Sensing during Inner Ear Surgery for Clinical Application Dr Catherine Todd 15,000
Is the Level of Wealth Related to an Individual’s Happiness? Indicators of Gross National Happiness in the United Arab Emirates Dr Jayashree Payyazhi, 
Dr Peter Hosie & 
Dr Michael Thorpe
Identification and Verification of Predictors of International Managers’ Performance Dr Peter Hosie 15,000


Project Title Principal Investigator(s)
Virtual Modeling of the Cochlea with Clinical Applications: Visualization of Inner and Middle Ear Anatomy for Pre-operative Evaluation and Surgical Training Dr Catherine Todd, Dr David Van Over, Dr Fazel Naghdy, Dr Muaaz Tarabichi
A Computer-Generated, Interactive Learning Environment for Autistic Students Dr Catherine Todd, Dr Abdellatif Tchantchane, Dr Soly Mathew Biju, Dr David Van Over, Prof Fazel Naghdy, Dr Sarah Marzooqi, Dr Arwa Kabir
Industry Clusters In the Free Zones: Comparative Study of Free Zones In The UAE Dr Albert Tan, Dr Mitra Sumit, Dr Michael Thorpe
Does Economic Progress mean Greater Happiness? Indicators of Gross National Happiness in the United Arab Emirates Dr Payyazh Jayashree, Dr Peter Hosie, Dr Michael Thorpe
Platform and Interface for programming MyRo Robots for Novice Dr Mohamed Salem, Dr Farhad Oroumchian, Jaspreet Singh
Implications of increased online-sources and readily-available e-technology on students’ attitudes towards e-cheating in the UAE Mrs Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Mohamed Salem Dr Ghassan al Qaimari
Intrusion Detection by Data Mining and Information Theory Dr Halim Khelalfa, Dr Farhad Oroumchian, Jaspreet Singh

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Project Title Principal Investigator(s)
Requirements for Successful Entrepreneurship in the UAE Dr Lien Els, Dr Arijit Sikdar, and Dr Prakash Vel
A Study of Arbitrage Efficiency Between the DGCX Gold Futures and Options Contracts Dr Michael Thorpe and J. Fung
Implementation of Basel II in UAE Banks: Some Issues Dr Dayanand Pandey and Dr Lejla Vrazalic
An Analysis of Regional Clusters as a Form of Competitive Advantage Dr Julia Connell and Dr Michael Thorpe
Factors Affecting Inflows of FDI: A Study of Two Emirates Prof Ajit Karnik, Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues and Ms Asima Shirazi
Sources and Impacts of Globalization in the MENA Region Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Dr Naaem Muhammad and Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues
Decision Making in Interactive Applications Mr Nawar Al Hakeem and Dr Mohammed Salem
Virtual Modelling of the Cochlea with Clinical Applications Dr Catherine Todd, Dr Mohammed Salem , Prof Raed Awamleh, F. Naghdy and Dr M. Tarabichi


Project Title Principal Investigator(s)
A Case Study of Dubai as a Regional Logistics Hub Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues and Dr Cedwyn Fernandes
Automatic Number Plate Recognition for Speed Camera Images Dr Farhad Keissarian and Dr Nidhal Abdulaziz
Transcending Perceptual Barriers to Service Performance Dr Lien Els and Dr Melodena Balakrishnan
Developing a MATLAB Toolbox for Quantum Circuits and Computation Dr Saied Hosseini Khayat and Dr Nidhal Abdulaziz
Using Data Mining to Improve Road Safety and Enhance Accident Prevention Dr Halim Khelalfa and Ms Anita Dani