Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Alaaraj, dean of the Makkah College of Technology

Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Alaaraj
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Updated 28 May 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Alaaraj, dean of the Makkah College of Technology

Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Alaaraj has been the dean of the Makkah College of Technology (MCT) since 2018. He is also an adviser to the president of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) and a columnist at the Makkah daily newspaper.

In 1990, Alaaraj attended UQU, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on education. In 2004, he was awarded a master’s degree in TESOL studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2013, Alaaraj gained a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of Essex, the UK.

Alaaraj worked as an English language instructor in a number of government and private intermediate and secondary schools for nearly six years. After that he moved to the MCT to teach general English and English for mechanical, electrical, economic and computing purposes.

From 2002 to 2003, Alaaraj chaired the English language center at MCT where he set future plans for learning and teaching development.

For three years beginning from 2005, Alaaraj supervised all the teaching units of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in the Makkah region. 

Alaaraj, who has worked as a freelance journalist during his professional career, was an English language trainer in a number of education institutions including King Abdul Aziz University and the Arab Open University.

He has attended many conferences and academic assemblies in the US and the UK, where he presented papers on applied linguistics at renowned universities such as the University of London, the University of Warwick and the Canterbury Christ Church University. Alaaraj’s Twitter handle is @dralaaraj.


Saudi Arabia opens world’s largest camel hospital

Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal, left, during a briefing on the world’s largest camel hospital that he inaugurated in Buraidah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia opens world’s largest camel hospital

  • The emir also toured sheds spread over a large area which can accommodate 4,000 riding camels at the same time

Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal on Sunday inaugurated the world’s biggest camel hospital in Buraidah. The Salam Veterinary Hospital will also have a modern research facility to diagnose diseases related to camels.
The governor said the project worth SR100 million is a national achievement and it will help enhance veterinary facilities in the Kingdom.
Prince Faisal toured the facility’s specialized central laboratories equipped with modern devices to conduct over 160 different types of analyses.
The emir also toured sheds spread over a large area which can accommodate  4,000 riding camels at the same time.
He was briefed on the model for the young camels unit, the ICU, CT scan unit, and the surgical theaters. The hospital is constructed on an area of 70,000 sq. meters.
Among the goals for establishing the hospital is to bring about a shift in embryology and the traditional fertilization process of camels, whose age ranges between 25 to 30 years. At present, they produce seven young camels per season. Additionally, the hospital will contribute to raising the rate of fetal production in camels from 100 fetuses to 700.