Associate Professor

PhD in Computer Science, Cardiff University, UK

BSc in Informatics Engineering, Aleppo University, Syria

Advanced Diploma in Networking (city & guild), Josiah Masson College, Birmingham, UK

PG Cert (Post Grad. Certificate in teaching & learning), Aston University, Birmingham, UK


Dr. Basel Almourad is an Associate Professor of IT in the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University. He Received his PhD in Computer Science from Cardiff University in the UK. Before joining Zayed University, he was in the College of Information Technology at the University of Dubai. Prior to that, he spent one year as a Senior Lecturer of IT at Wolverhampton University in the UK and five years as a Lecturer of IT at Aston University in the UK.  He received outstanding faculty awards in the University College at Zayed University in 2012 & 2014.

Dr. Almourad is also certified by Prince2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) and also certified by ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library).

Dr. Almourad’s main research interests are in the areas of database systems and the application of data science, as well as Persuasive Technology. His research has also focused on HCI and Web Accessibility.


Dubai Academic City, E-L1-21


+9714 402 1464

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate and Graduate courses in the areas of Database Systems, Web Design & Development, Enterprise System Development, IT Project Management, Programming Using Java, Information Systems, System Analysis & Design, Data Analysis, Data Warehousing & Mining and IT service management.

Research and Professional Activities

Recent Publications:

  • John McAlaney, Mohamed Basel Almourad, Georgina Powell, Raian Ali (2020). Perceptions and Misperceptions of Smartphone Use: Applying the Social Norms Approach. V11, I11, Information Journal. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
  • Mohamed Basel Al-Mourad, John McAlaney, Tiffany Skinner, Megan Pleva, Raian Ali (2020). Defining Digital Addiction: Key Features From The Literature. Psihologija Journal
  • MB Almourad, M Hussein, F Kamoun, Z Wattar (2019). Analysis of WCAG 2.0 data accessibility success criterion of e-government websites. Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences 7 (1), 496-503
  • Mohamed Basel Almourad and Emad Bataineh (2020). Visual Attention toward Human Face Recognizing for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Normal Developing Children: An Eye Tracking Study. In Proceedings of the 2020 The 6th International Conference on E-Business and Applications (ICEBA 2020). Kuala Lumpur Malaysia February.
  • John McAlaney, Manal Aldhayan, Mohamed Basel Almourad, Sainabou Cham, Raian Ali (2020) Predictors of Acceptance and Rejection of Online Peer Support Groups as a Digital Wellbeing Tool: WorldCist'20 - 8th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies. 7 - 10 April 2020,  Budva, Montenegro, Springer - AISC Serie
  • John McAlaney, Mohamed Basel Almourad, Manal Aldhayan, Sainabou Cham, Raian Ali (2020) On the Need for Cultural Sensitivity in Digital Wellbeing Tools and Messages: A UK-China comparison. WorldCist'20 - 8th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies. 7 - 10 April 2020,  Budva, Montenegro, Springer - AISC Seri
  • MB Almourad, E Bataineh (2019) Comparing the Behaviour of Human Face Capturing Attention of Autistic & Normal Developing Children Using Eye Tracking Data Analysis Approach. ICAAI 2019: Proceedings of the 2019 3rd International Conference on Advances in Artificial Intelligence
  • Emad Bataineh, M. B. Almourad. (2019). An Eye Tracking Study of the Visual Behavior of Children in Social Interaction. The Fourteenth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services.
  • M Aldhayan, S Cham, T Kostoulas, MB Almourad, R Ali (2019). Online Peer Support Groups to Combat Digital Addiction: User Acceptance and Rejection Factors. World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies
  • S Cham, A Algashami, M Aldhayan, J McAlaney, K Phalp, MB Almourad (2019). Digital Addiction: Negative Life Experiences and Potential for Technology-Assisted Solutions. World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies
  • AH Mohammed Hussain, Mohamed Basel Al-Mourad, Sujith Mathew (2017). Mining Educational Data for Academic Accreditation: Aligning Assessment with Outcomes. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management 18 (1), 51–60. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management 18 (1), 51–60