Dr UmmeSalma Mujtaba Husein

Dr UmmeSalma Mujtaba Husein

Dubai Campus
Senior Lecturer in Management
Programme Director - BSc (Hons) Business Management (Dubai)

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+44 (0) 121 414 3217
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University of Birmingham Dubai
Block 2
Dubai International Academic City
P.O. Box 73000

UmmeSalma holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Computing and Information systems, an MS in management and a Doctorate in Business Management. She joined the University of Birmingham as the Programme Director to launch the BSc.(Hons) Business Management in Dubai campus. She is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy. 

She teaches Organisational behaviour and Critical Analysis in Management to the BSc(Hons) students, and Research Methods to MSc International Business students.

Her research interest is Islamic Tourism, Strategy, Islamic Management (both core and extended concepts), Comparative Management, and various facets of Sustainability.


She is particularly passionate about developing Student experience and Graduate employability in Transnational Higher Education.  


  • DBA - Doctor of Business Administration, SMC University – Switzerland, 2009
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), Heriot-Watt University, UK,2011
  • M. Phil-Management Sciences – SZABIST – (2005)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management University of Cambridge(2004)
  • Bachelors of Science (Hons). Computing and Information systems London Metropolitan University – UK  Dec 2002
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member, Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  • Member, ACBSP-Accreditation Council For Business Schools & Programs, USA
  • Member, ECBE-European Council For Business Education, Switzerland


UmmeSalma holds a BSc (Honours) degree in computing and information systems from London Guildhall University, an MS in management from SZABIST and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Swiss Management Center in Switzerland. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Prior joining Birmingham, she was a Lecturer in Management and worked in the capacity of Undergraduate programme director and year coordinator for final honours year students at Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus, where she was in charge of a looking after student academic development and graduate employability. She was looking after a portfolio of undergraduate degree programmes and led a robust team of part-time and full-time members of staff.

She is particularly enthusiastic about student development and experience and developed the first Student Experience Unit at Heriot Watt University’s branch campus in Dubai in 2009. This led to academic publications of benchmarking student development at Transnational higher education in Dubai, and further made her name synonymous to a winner at teaching and learning Oscars by the University.

She taught International Business, Business Ethics, Management in a Global Context, Strategic Management and led the Entrepreneurship modules from development to delivery in her previous positions. Her major contributions being supervising the first Edinburgh based PhD student from Dubai campus and consistently delivering exceptional training for postgraduate dissertation students.

UmmeSalma specialises in Islamic management and tourism, particularly religious tourism and pilgrimage. She has been guest editor to international tourism and hospitality journals and is a regular reviewer for international tourism and strategy journals. She’s author of a text book in Islamic management and has written first of many themes such as Islamic communication in accounting. Her scholarly work is available in variety of journals and book chapters.

She is a business consultant and enjoys adding value to the business community in the region and abroad. Her major consultancy projects have been redesigning warehouse operations (purchasing and procurement) for the largest construction and contracting company in Dubai – DUTCO Balfour Beatty. She has worked on Emiratisation and looked at the TQM approach in developing skills at HE to support the UAE government’s nationalisation agenda. She has also been active in developing documentation for local HE accreditation for new universities. 


  • Organisational behaviour
  • Critical analysis in Management
  • Research methods

Postgraduate supervision

  • Critical management
  • Strategy
  • Business models
  • Diversity
  • CSR
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family firms and businesses.
  • Transnational higher education


Research interests

Islamic Tourism, Strategy, Islamic Management (both core and extended concepts), Comparative Management, and various facets of Sustainability, developing Student experience and Graduate employability in Transnational Higher Education.  

Other activities

Community and Academic contribution:

  • Currently guest editing International Tourism and Hospitality Journal for a local University
  • Invited to speak at University of Strathclyde on innovation and entrepreneurship in UAE in-line with Expo 2020 UAE.
  • Reviewer Academy of management Africa conference
  • Reviewer Journal of Business Ethics
  • Reviewer Global Strategy review
  • Volunteered for Strategic doing with Academy of Management
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy – UK
  • Member, Social Science Research Network (SSRN), (From 2012 to Today).
  • Member, ACBSP-Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, USA
  • Member, ECBE-European Council for Business Education, Switzerland


Husein, U.M.,(2018) "Islam, communication and accounting", Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, Vol. 9 Issue: 2, pp.138-154, https://doi.org/10.1108/JIABR-01-2016-0008

Husein, U.M.,(2018) A phenomenological study of Arbaeen foot pilgrimage in Iraq. Tourism Management Perspectives, 26, pp.9-19.

Husein, M.U.,(2018) “Theoretical constructs of foot-pilgrimage” In: Handbook of Halal Hospitality and Islamic Tourism, Routledge (Forthcoming)

Husein, M.U.,(2018) “Social media and student development” Transnational Education (Forthcoming)

Husein, M.U., Annabi, C.A., Hassan, F. and Nasir, N.(2017). Sharia Compliance in the Construction Industry: Is this Something to Build Upon?. Journal of Emerging Economies and Islamic Research, 5(1).

Mujtaba,U. (2016). Ramadan: The month of fasting for Muslims, and tourism studies — Mapping the unexplored connection. Tourism Management Perspectives Special issue on Halal Tourism Doi: 10.1016/j.tmp.2015.11.001

Mujtaba,U.(2016). Entrepreneurial Leadership. In: Enterprise: Concepts and Issues (2016). Arshed, N. and Danson. M. (Eds.). UK: Goodfellow Publishers Limited.

Husein, U.M.,(2014). Management in Islamic Countries: Principles and Practice. Business Expert Press: USA ISBN: 9781606496749

Mujtaba, U. (2013). Building a Case of Student Experience for Sustainable Higher Education in Transnational Environment., In: Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education Management,  IGI Global Publishers.

Mujtaba, U. (2012). Higher Education Management and Operational Research. In G. Bell, J. Warwick & P. Galbraith(Eds.), Enhancing the student experience: Setting up the student experience unit (pp.153-166). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Mujtaba, U. (2011) Contributing to the Emiratization Process via Deployment of TQM Approach in Developing Skills at Higher Education Institutions In: Proceedings of the 5th Quality Conference in the Middle East, Dubai, Jan 2011. ISBN: 978-9948-15-948-3

Mujtaba, U. (2008) “Significance of Local inputs in curriculum development at Transnational Education”  Conference by  Educational Development, 7 pages, Unit Heriot Watt Edinburgh – James Watt 14th March 2008

Mujtaba, U. (2008) “Ethical leadership”, SMC Working paper series, 2008, ISSN: 1662-761X

Mujtaba, U. (2007) “Part-time faculty- Training and development: Middle East Forum for Academic Research and Reflection”, Conference at GETEX, Dubai UAE 11th – 14th April 2007

Mujtaba, U. (2006) “Academic writing and life-long learners” First International iPed Conference Pedagogic Research and Academic Identities. Coventry University TechnoCentre (UK) 11-12th September 2006

Mujtaba, U. (2006) “Business and Education Leadership – The right mix for the region – Inspiring Leadership: Experiential Learning and Leadership Development” The 10th International Conference on Experiential Learning, 7 pages, 10 – 14 July 2006 hosted by the Brathay Academy (Lancaster, England)

Mujtaba, U. (2006) “Postgraduate education in UAE” Quality in teaching and Learning, 22nd February 2006 Aga-Khan University Karachi (Pakistan) 

Mujtaba, U. (2005) “Online education- Opportunities and threats in the GULF region” Online Educa, November 2005 Berlin (Germany)

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