Workshop 1

Art, Museums and Cultural Initiatives in the Arabian Gulf: An Examination of Future Directions in a Shifting Political World

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)
11.45-12.00

12:00-12:45

Pre Session Meeting with participants presenting in Sessions 1 and 2 to check logistics (DAY 1)

Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)

Viewable on the YouTube livestream (https://discussion.gulfresearchmeeting.net/opening-ceremony/)

13:00-13:10 Welcome  and workshop overview: CM
SESSION 1: Museums, Cultural Infrastructure Projects and Globalisation in the Arabian Gulf

Session Chair: KE

13:10-13:28 Everywhere and Nowhere: Visions of Utopia in the Arabian Gulf, Eric Langham
13:30-13:48 Fever Dreams of the Gulf Museum: Utopian Visions in Recent Large-scale Gulf State Cultural Development Initiatives, Christopher Marshall
14:10-14:28 Culture war or golden age? Perceptions, misconceptions and insecurities in western press coverage of Gulf museum openings, Rachel Teskey
14:30-14:48 Re-Thinking Ad Diriyah:  Entertainment and Heritage in the new Saudi Nationalism, Kristin Smith Diwan
14:48-15:00 Session 1 Discussion Chaired by KE
SESSION 2: Crossing Borders: The Mobility of Visual Art Across and Between institutions and practices

Session Chair: CM

15:00-15:18 Acknowledging Asia Here – Tracing an Art World Portolan, Elizabeth Derderian
15:20-15:38 On Narratologies and Booms: A Thought Experiment about Curatorial Practices in Doha,  Jumanah Abbas
15:40-16:00 Contemporary Art and Cosmopolitanism: Gulf-Style Institutional Development in the Caspian Sea, Lesley Gray

End of Day 1

Workshop 2

Energy Transition and Climate Change, Challenges and Opportunities for the Gulf Region

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

 Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)


12:15-12:45 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)
13:00-14:00 Barriers Facing the Transition toward Sustainable Energy System in Kuwait

Presenter : Osamah A. Alsayegh

14:00-15:00 Dual Pricing of Energy Resources and Climate Change: The Case of The Gulf States

Presenter :   Bashar Malkawi

15:00-16:00     Key Issues for Long Term Climate Policy Design in GCC Countries

Presenter :  Ahmed Badran

Saturday, July 24th, 2021 (DAY 2)


13:00-14:00 Energy Transition in Oil-Rich Countries: The Role of Resource Nationalism

Presenter : Susan Kurdli

14:00-15:00 China-GCC New Energy Cooperation: political and socioeconomic dynamics

Presenter : Xuming Qian

15:00-16:00 Investigating the EKC hypothesis in GCC Countries: The role of Economic Complexity, Non-Renewable Energy and Globalization

Presenter : Suzanna El Massah

16:05 Closing Ceremony (Link to be sent via Directors & live stream)                                                            

Workshop 3

Europe and the Multipolarization of the Gulf

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

 Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)


 

12:15-12:45 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)
13:00-13:20 Introduction to the Workshop

Emma Soubrier, Abdulla Baabood

13:20-14:20 First Session

Analysing EU-GCC Relations: a Structural Analysis

Presenter: Matteo Moretti

Discussant:  Mate Szalai

The emergence of green parties in Europe and their effect on EU-GCC relations

Presenter:  Mate Szalai

Discussant:  Matteo Moretti

 

Moderator: Geoffrey Edwards

14:20-14:40 Break
14:40-16:00 Second Session

 

Risks and Opportunities of Multipolarisation: Is there any chance for the EU/Europeans to affect Gulf security order?

Presenter: Nurşin Güney, Visne Kormaz

Discussant: Lotje Boswinkel

Changing military postures in the Gulf: Implications for European arms transfer policies

Presenter: Lotje Boswinkel

Discussant: Ali Bakeer

Turkey’s Security Involvement in a Multipolarized Gulf: A Turkish Perspective

Presenter: Ali Bakeer

Discussant: Nurşin Güney, Visne Kormaz

 

Moderator: Emma Soubrier

 

Saturday, July 24th, 2021 (DAY 2)

 

13:00-13:15 Recap of Day One Discussion

 

13:15-14:15 Third Session

 

Revisiting Stability and Security in the Middle East: Analysing the EU Relations with the Region

Presenter: Vrushal T. Ghoble

Discussant: Premanad Mishra

The Rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Impact of US Rebalancing Act in the Gulf after the Arab Uprising: Challenges for EU

Presenter: Premanad Mishra

Discussant:  Vrushal T. Ghoble

 

Moderator: Christian Koch

 

 

 

14:15-14:30 Break
14:30-15:30 Fourth Session

 

UK-UAE Relations: Post-Brexit Impacts

Presenter: Justin Edward Gibbins

Discussant: Giulia Daga

A third pole in the Yemeni civil war: developing EU relations with Oman

Presenter: Giulia Daga

Discussant: Justin Edward Gibbins

Moderator: Abdulla Baabood

 

15:30-16:00 Final Group Discussion and Wrap-Up

 

Moderators: Geoffrey Edwards and Christian Koch

 
16:05 Closing Ceremony (Link to be sent via Directors & live stream)

                                                               

Workshop 4

Foreign Aid and the Gulf States

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

 Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)


12:15-12:45 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)
13:00-13:30 Directors opening remarks and guidelines for discussion
13:30-13:45

13:45-13:50

13:50-14:00

Paper Presenter: Clothide Facon

Discussant: Qi Jiang

Debate with all participants

14:00-14:15

14:15-14:20

14:20-14:30

Paper Presenter: Ahmed Alturbak and Ali Al Derei

Discussant: Sebastian Sons

Debate with all participants

14:30-14:45

14:45-14:50

14:50-15:00

Paper Presenter: Altea Pericoli

Discussant: Adam Krzymowski

Debate with all participants

15:00-15:15     Paper Presenter: Hanin Abou Salem

15:15-15-20      Discussant: Enes T Balyemez and Salim S Kesgin

15:20-15:30      Debate with all participants

15:30-15:45       Paper Presenter: Hisham Soliman

15:45-15-50       Discussant: Tom Walsh

15:50-16:00       Debate with all participants


Saturday, July 24th, 2021 (DAY 2)


13:00-13:15

13:15-13:20

13:20-13:30

Paper Presenter: Tom Walsh

Discussant: Clothide Facon

Debate with all participants

13:30-13:45

13:45-13-50

13:50-14:00

Paper Presenter: Enes T Balyemez and Salim S Kesgin

Discussant: Ahmed and Ali

Debate with all participants

14:00-14:15

14:15-14:20

14:20-14:30

Paper Presenter: Adam Krzymowski

Discussant: Hisham Soliman

Debate with all participants

14:30-14:45

14:45-14:50

14:50-15:00

Paper Presenter: Sebastian Sons

Discussant: Hanin Abou Salem

Debate with all participants

15:00-15:15

15:15-15-20

15-20-15:30

Paper Presenter: Qi Jiang

Discussant: Altea Pericoli

Debate with all participants

15:30-16:00 Wrap up and Next Steps (Directors)

 

16:05 Closing Ceremony (Link to be sent via Directors & live stream)                                                           

Workshop 5

Maritime Security and the Gulf States: Changing Strategies, New Political Rationales

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)
12:15-12:45 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)
13:00-13:30 Ashraf Mohammed and Abdelhameed Keshk, Maritime Security of the Gulf Countries: Threats and Gulf Capabilities
13:30-14:00 Meng Shu, Unpopular Escort Coalition and Challenges of US-Style Security Order in the Gulf
14:00-14:30 Nawaf Mohammad Alsaadi, Foreign Bases in the Red Sea
14:30-15:00 Priya Ranjan Gupta, Emerging Dynamics of Gulf Maritime Security: an Assessment of Regional Rivalry and Competition
15:00-15:30     Behzad Shahandeh,  Challenge of Iran-Saudi Crisis to China’s Middle East Policy


15:30-16:00     Haifa AlMaashi, The Economic Implications of the Israel-UAE normalization agreement in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and its Long-Term Effects in Directing Economic Competition between Arab Gulf Countries (a case study of the Eliot-Ashkelon pipeline) 


Saturday, July 24th, 2021 (DAY 2)

13:00-13:30 Degang Sun,  China’s “Zero-Enemy Policy” towards Gulf Security
13:30-14:00 Zhen Yu, The Gulf Region and the EU’s Maritime Security Strategy: the Expanding “Blue Border”
14:00-14:30 Shivali Lawale and Talmiz Ahmad, UAE-India-France Trilateral: a Mechanism to Advance Strategic Autonomy in the Indo-Pacific?
14:30-15:00 Sergey Kostelyanets, Russia’s Planned Naval Logistics Base on the Red Sea: Regional Security Implications
15:00-15:30 Paulo Botta,

The Logic of Naval Acquisitions of the Arab Gulf Countries

15:30-16:00  
16:05 Closing Ceremony (Link to be sent via Directors & live stream)                                                            

Workshop 6

Nationalization of GCC Labor Markets: The Changing Role of Higher Education in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

Friday, July 23rd, 2021


13:00-14:00 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)
14:00-14:30 Annalisa Pavan

A Hospitable Kingdom? Building New Employment Opportunities for Saudi Youth in the Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Sectors

Discussant 1: Magdalena Karolak

Discussant 2: Anisur Rahman    

14:30-15:00 Anne Marie Lawrence

Policy for Future Skills in a Digital Age – an example from the Kingdom of Bahrain

Discussant 1: Cameron Mirza

Discussant 2: Malak Hamdan & Massimiliano Pellegrini

15:00-15:30 Malak Hamdan & Massimiliano Pellegrini

Graduate Employment: a critical review of Entrepreneurship Education Programmes in the Gulf States

Discussant 1: Cameron Mirza

Discussant 2: Anne Marie Lawrence

15:30-16:00 Robert Mogielnicki

High-tech Nationalization of Gulf Employment: A New Sector-based Approach in Dubai

Discussant 1: Cameron Mirza

Discussant 2: Nader Alyani & Yousuf Al Balushi

16:00-16:30         Anisur Rahman

Issues and Challenges of Gulf Human Capital: A  Study of Indian Workforce in the GCC

Discussant 1: Ashraf Mishrif

Discussant 2: Annalisa Pavan


16:30-17:00  Mariam Orkodashvili

Higher Education for Human Capital     Enhancement in GCC Universities

Discussant 1:  Cameron Mirza

Discussant 2: Shazia Fazli & Ayesha Farooq


17:00-17:30   Thamer Zaidan Alani

GCC’S Higher Education in the Era     of the 4IR Fourth Industrial Revolution: Preparing Learners to nationalize Gcc labor market

Discussant 1: Ashraf Mishrif

Discussant 2: Shamsa Mohammed Almeqbaali


Saturday, July 24th, 2021

 

13:00-13:30 Linda Smail

Human capital and education among Emirati women: The implications for public policies

Discussant 1: Magdalena Karolak

Discussant 2: Anca Bocanet & Rihab Grassa

13:30-14:00 Shamsa Mohammed Almeqbaali

Assessing linguistic skills for the GCC workforce: Case study of a national university in UAE

Discussant 1: Magdalena Karolak

Discussant 2: Thamer Zaidan Alani

14:00-14:30 Anca Bocanet & Rihab Grassa

Emiratization: obstacles and potential strategies: from youth Emiratis perspective

Discussant 1: Magdalena Karolak

Discussant 2: Sowmya Vivek & Allen Baby

14:30-15:00 Sowmya Vivek & Allen Baby

Workforce nationalization in UAE: Creating a framework for training UAE nationals for Banking Sector in UAE

Discussant 1: Ashraf Mishrif

Discussant 2: Linda Smail

15:00-15:30 Nader Alyani & Yousuf Al Balushi

Digitalisation, Industry 4.0 national industrial and upskilling policies within the evolving labour markets of the Gulf

Discussant 1: Ashraf Mishrif

Discussant 2: Robert Mogielnicki

15:30-16:00 Shazia Fazli & Ayesha Farooq

 Is Work Integrated Learning (WIL) a Panacea to Employability of Graduates in GCC Countries?

Discussant 1: Cameron Mirza

Discussant 2: Mariam Orkodashvili

16:00-16:30 Closing Ceremony (to be public and recorded; TBD)                                                      

Workshop 7

Saudi Youth ‘Policy Relevance’: Dilemmas, Challenges, Opportunities

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

FRIDAY, JULY 23RD, 2021 (DAY 1)


12:15-12:45 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)
13:00-13:20
“The Social Frictions of State Transformations: Saudi Youth Practices, Vision 2030, and Cultural Production”
Ahmed Azim Wazeer & David C. Balgley
Discussant: Caroline Montagu
Group Discussion


13:20-13:40 “The Impact of Globalization on Saudi Youth”
Muath AlTurkistani & Sultan Abdulrahman
Discussant: Mohnad Ali Alshareef
Group Discussion


13:40-14:00 “Taking Faith and Fun Together, And Seriously: A Comparative Perspective”
Philippe Thalmann
Discussant: Anna Viden
Group Discussion


14:00-14:20 “Getting Saudi Nationalism Right: A ‘High Stakes Game’”
Anna Viden
Discussant: Philippe Thalmann
Group Discussion


14:20-14:40 “The Development Of Saudi Culture”
Caroline Montagu
Discussants: Ahmed Azim Wazeer & David C. Balgley
Group Discussion


14:40-15:00 “Narratives of Change in Rural Saudi Arabia: A Case Study of Culture”
Rami Alharbi
Discussant: Noreen Mandora
Group Discussion
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15:00-15:20 “Using Behavioural Insights to Boost Homeownership in Saudi Arabia”
Noreen Mandora
Discussant: Rami Alharbi
Group Discussion
________________________________________________________________
15:20-15:40 “Communication Technologies, Saudi Youth and the Gap In Critical Media Literacies”
Abeer AlNajjar
Discussant: Ghayda AlJuwaiser
Group Discussion
_______________________________________________________________

15:40-16:00 “Saudi Women’s Identities and Their Online Practices Across Social Media Platforms”
Ghayda AlJuwaiser
Discussant: Abeer AlNajjar
Group Discussion
________________________________________________________________
SATURDAY, JULY 24TH, 2021 (DAY 2)
13:00-13:20 “Overview of Challenges, Opportunities, and Impacts of Increased Youth Participation in the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Saudi Arabia”
Aiman Albarakati
Discussant: Layla Alabdrabalnabi
Group Discussion


13:20-13:40 “Strategy to Address Generational Divide Challenges in Saudi Arabia”
Layla Alabdrabalnabi
Discussant: Aiman Albarakati
Group Discussion


13:40-14:00 “Promoting Greater Employability and Embedding 21st Century Skills Amongst Saudi Youth: Analysis and Lessons Learnt from the ‘Yanmu’ Project”
David Jones
Discussants: Ammar Malik, Roman Klimke, Samia Sekkarie
Group Discussion


14:00-14:20 “Helping Saudi Youth Succeed on the Labor Market: Evidence from a Job Training Program”
Ammar Malik, Roman Klimke, Samia Sekkarie
Discussant: David Jones
Group Discussion


14:20-14:40 “Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Need for a Policy Shift”
Rashid Aziz Faridi
Discussant: Salwa Alhalafi

16:00: CLOSING CEREMONY
END OF WORKSHOP
Group Discussion


14:40-15:00 “The Effects of Challenges and Opportunities on Saudi Female Head of Departments’ Self-Efficacy”
Salwa Alhalafi
Discussant: Rashid Aziz Faridi
Group Discussion


15:00-15:20 Conclusion: “Institutional Change: Paved the Way for Reforms to Remain” Mohnad Ali Alshareef
Discussants: Muath AlTurkistani & Sultan Abdulrahman
Group Discussion
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Workshop 8

The COVID-19 Health and Socio-economic Crises: Consequences on Population and Migration in the Gulf

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)
12:00-12:15
Connect to workshop through the GRM platform
12:15-12:45
Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded) – Connect through website, not the
GRM platform
13:15-13:30
Introduction by Nasra Shah & Françoise De Bel-Air
13:30-14:00
Paper presentation: Abdulnabi Alekry: The Impact of COVID 19 on the GCC
Member States
Paper discussion: Amina Saïd Chiré / Omar Moussa Ali
14:00-14:30
Paper presentation: Shaimaa Moheyeldin: The Socio-Economic and Political
Implications of COVID- 19 in the Gulf Region
Paper discussion: Anu Abraham / Moh. Imran Khan
14:30-15:00
Paper presentation: Sophia Kagan & Ryszard Cholewinski: Reforming the
sponsorship system in the GCC: Opportunities and challenges as a result of
COVID-19 and the fiscal crisis
Paper discussion: Françoise De Bel-Air
15:00-15:30
Paper presentation: Ayman Zohry: The COVID-19 experience and the future of
migration and employment policies in the Gulf
Paper discussion: Nasra Shah
15:30-16:00
Paper presentation: Muskan Mustaqeem: Crisis within Crisis: Accessing the
Impact of COVID-19 and Oil Plunge on Nationals and Foreign Workers in the
GCC Countries
Paper discussion: Rakshanda Fazli / Rashid Faridi
Saturday, July 24rd, 2021 (DAY 2)
13:00-13:30
Paper presentation: Rakshanda Fazli & Rashid Faridi: Covid-19 and Health
and Psychological Well-being of Indian expatriates in Saudi Arabia: A crosssectional analysis
Paper discussion: Sophia Kagan / Ryszard Cholewinski
13:30-14:00
Paper presentation: Anu Abraham & Moh. Imran Khan: The Impact of
COVID19 on Migrant Workers: Insights from Field Survey of Indian Labour
Migrants in the Gulf
Paper discussion: Muskan Mustaqeem
14:00-14:30
Paper presentation: Amina Saïd Chiré & Omar Moussa Ali: The impact of
Covid-19 on migration between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa
Paper discussion: Ayman Zohry
14:30-15:00
Paper presentation: Rasheed Alrasheed: Season of Migration from the Oil Lake:
The Economy of Hatred in the Gulf States
Paper discussion: Shaimaa Moheyeldin
15:00-15:30
Paper presentation: Froilan Malit: From Coercive to Cooperative Migration
Diplomacy? Migrant Interdependence, COVID19, and the Gulf States in the Global
South
Paper discussion: TBD
15:30-15:40
Concluding remarks: Nasra Shah & Françoise De Bel-Air
16:00
Closing ceremony

Workshop 9

The Gulf, Russia and the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)
12:15-12:45 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)


13:00-13:30 David J. Meyer, Is Russia Behind the Growing Threat of Drones in the Gulf Region?

13:30-14:00 Hüseyin Bagci & Ilbey Coban, Turkey, Russia, Iran and the Astana Process: Triangle of a forced diplomacy?


14:00-14:30 Vorachai Israssena Pichitkanjanakul, Geostrategic Importance of Central Asia: Gulf-Kazakh relations


14:30-15:00 Maged Botros, The Caucasus and the Arabian Gulf: Potential Strategic alliance or merely Economic Cooperation


15:00-15:30 Gleb Doroshenko & Andrew Shelkovnikov, Sources and background of Russia’s GCC Policy in the context of regional transformation

END OF WORKSHOP
16:15-17:00 Networking session


15:30-16:00 Haila Al-Mekaimi, The Russian Collective Security Initiative: Motivations & Obstacles


Saturday, July 24th, 2021 (DAY 2)
13:00-13:30 Zahid Shahab Ahmed & Khurram Abbas, Gulf States, Israel and Pakistan


13:30-14:00 Robert Cerise, Sources of Stability: Kazakhstan’s Resource-Based Relationship to Russia and the GCC


14:00-14:30 Mushegh Ghahriyan, The Relations between Armenia and the Gulf Arab States։ mutual interests and expectations


14:30-15:00 Lakshmi Priya, Politics and Implications of Arms Transfer in the GCC


15:00-15:30 Vladimir Kukushkin, Russian Co-leadership in OPEC+ and Energy Diplomacy in the Gulf (Politico-economic Aspects)


15:30-16:00
16:05 Further Discussion


Closing Ceremony (Link to be sent via Directors & live stream)

Workshop 10

The United States and the Gulf: Hard Power, Soft Power, Shifting Power, New Power?

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

 Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (DAY 1)
12:15-12:45 Opening Ceremony (to be public and recorded)
13:00-13:30 Director’s introduction, program review, publication process
13:30-14:00 Irina Tsukerman, The United States and the Gulf: Managing Information Warfare after the Al Ula Agreement (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Ahmed Taha (5 minutes)

14:00-14:30 Ahmed Mashaan Najm, US – Gulf relations under the administration of the US President (Joe Biden): A study of influencing variables (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Beryl Anand (5 minutes)

14:30-15:00 Riham Bahi, US, China, and A Gulf Order in Flux (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Daniel Baltrusaitus (5 minutes)

15:00-15:30     Rana Abo Amra, Biden’s foreign policy in the Gulf..facing a legacy of failure. (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Riham Bahi (5 minutes)

15:30-16:00    Discussion

Saturday, July 24th, 2021 (DAY 2)

13:00-13:30 Dr Suzanna Elmassah, Economic Sanctions: A tool of deterrence in International Political Economy (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Samuel Ramani (5 minutes)

13:30-14:00 Emma Louise Leahy,  China’s Relationship-Building in the Gulf: Strategic considerations for the United States (10 minutes)

Discussant: Rana Abo Amra (5 minutes)

14:00-14:30 Daniel Baltrusaitis,   Military Education as a U.S. Soft Power Tool (10 minutes)

Discussant: Emma Louise Leahy (5 minutes)

14:30-15:00 Beryl Anand,  Arab-Israeli Peacemaking and the United States: Implications for the Gulf región (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Irina Tsukerman (5 minutes)

15:00-15:30 Ahmed Taha, The Impact of the Abraham Peace Agreement on the Emirati-Palestinian Relations and its Repercussions on the future of the Peace Process (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Ahmed Mashaan Najm (5 minutes)

15:30-16:00 Samuel Ramani,  Russia’s Rising Influence In the Gulf: A Strategic Challenge to U.S. Hegemony (10 minutes)

Discussant:  Dr Suzanna Elmassah (5 minutes)

16:05 Closing Ceremony (Link to be sent via Directors & live stream)                                                       

Workshop 11

Psychosocial Impacts and Social Policy Responses to the COVID 19 Pandemic in the Gulf Region

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and that changes may occur until and during the meeting. Unless otherwise noted, all times refer to UK time.

Friday, July 23rd, 2021


Day 1

12:15-12: 45 Virtual Opening Ceremony
13:00-13:15 Introduction:  Workshop directors
13:15-13:45 Akram Saad, COVID-19 How it Could be Treated as a Force Majeure Event
13:45-14:15 Noora Lari, Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Social and Family Dynamics in Qatar and Kuwait
14:15-14:45 Mustafa Ali Khalaf and Taghreed Turki Al-Said, Does Online Teaching-Learning Enhance Students’ Socio-emotional Skills during COVID-19 Pandemic?
14:45-15:15 Abdulhameed Hassan, Mindfulness and meditation and their relationship with empathy and altruism towards those infected with COVID 19 virus among students of Sultan Qaboos University
15:15-15:45

Day 2

All participants

Wrap-up day 1 and discussion         

13:00-13:30     Al-Alawi Salma and Said Aldharfi, Employing learning strategies during the COVID-19 period by students of Sultan Qaboos University to alleviate their study anxiety: a qualitative study
13:30-14:00 Abdallah Badahdah, The Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care workers in the GCC
14:00-14:30 Said Aldhafri and Moza Al Yaarubi, Predicting Post Covid-19-future anxiety through fear of Covid 19 and optimism and pessimism among university students in the Sultanate of Oman
14:30 -15:00 Anis Ben Brik, Mental health in Parents and Children During the Pandemic in the Gulf Region  
15:00-15:30 All participants

Wrap-up Day 2 and discussion