DUBAI, 13 June 2007 — Emaar Chairman Mohamed Ali Alabbar received an honorary doctoral degree in Humanities from his alma mater Seattle University at the university’s graduate school commencement ceremony. More than 500 advanced degree students and 2,500 guests attended the Sunday-afternoon graduation ceremony.
A statement from Emaar Properties said that the Emaar chairman joins such world leaders as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Philippines President Corazon Aquino in the university’s distinguished group of recipients.
The Seattle University Board of Trustees awarded the honorary degree in recognition of Alabbar’s economic and cultural contributions. Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg said the university was proud to include Alabbar among its distinguished group of honorees.
“Honorary degree candidates, by their life and work, represent ideals and values that the university seeks to foster and model,” Sundborg said. “Alabbar’s notable professional achievements in business, economic development and public service, both in Dubai and throughout the Middle East region, speak directly to the university’s mission. Seattle University is very proud to have him as an alumnus.”