I had always wanted to study at AUS because it is recognized as one of the top universities in the region. After graduating from UAE University in 1996, I found myself involved in developing landscaping projects in my city, Al Ain. I chose the MUP program to understand how landscaping projects interact with the surroundings, and to understand the complex ways in which places and spaces are produced in urban and rural contexts. To me, this knowledge was crucial for creating successful planning in my city.
After graduating from the MUP Program in 2010, I wanted to get a better understanding of the practical aspects of the planning process. I therefore worked in the urban planning directorate at Al Ain municipality. I participated in creating concept designs for new residential and recreational projects in the city. I also took part in many workshops and charrettes where I have chance to interact with other professional urban planners and urban designers.