Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) recently enriched students’ Arabic proficiency through the Summer Advanced Business Arabic course led by Assistant Professor Seerwan Hariry. The programme provided hands-on experiences, including workshops and site visits, to enhance professional Arabic skills.

The programme kicked off at the General Authority of Customs in Al Wakra, where students observed customs operations and inter-ministerial communication firsthand, led by Ahmad Al Jassim, Director of the Training Center and International Events. They explored the Tawasol service for official communications and watched the preparation of formal documents.

The students then visited the Supreme Judicial Council to learn about the features of  Arabic legal language. Dr Omar Ghanim, Director of International Judicial Cooperation, introduced them to vocabulary crucial for courtroom proceedings.

‘I learned many useful business skills… As I am in my senior year I found this course very helpful in preparing for the job market. I also found Dr Hariry very engaging and responsive to feedback,’ said Mohammed Al Hitmi (GU-Q’25), reflecting on his experience.

Back on campus, Dr Hariry and Texas A&M at Qatar (TAMU-Q) professor Dr Naqaa Abbas, recipients of a Qatar Foundation Multiversity Grant, collaborated to enhance GU-Q and TAMU-Q students’ technical Arabic writing skills. They organised a professional CV crafting workshop taught by General Authority for Customs officials. This was followed by a diplomatic communication and analytical reporting session led by Dr Nawzad Abdulraman Al Hiti from the Diplomatic Institute. As part of the grant, Dr Hariry also led four writing workshops at TAMU-Q to improve students’ job prospects in both Arabic and English.

In Advanced Business Arabic, students delve into business, diplomatic, and technical writing, supported by industry and government partners. Dr Hariry expressed gratitude to these partners. ‘Thanks to these engagements, our students gained real-world insights that textbooks alone could not provide, equipping them with essential skills for their professional futures.’


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