The MESP extends a warm thank you to Mr. Abdallah H. Yabroudi (‘78 BS/’79 MIE Engineering), Chairman and Deputy Managing Director of Dubai Contracting Company, for providing another major gift ($25,000) for the Middle Eastern Studies Program. This money will be allocated on a competitive basis to M.A. and Ph.D. students who want to go to the Middle East in 2009 and 2010 to do fieldwork, undergo advanced language training or perform internships (internships can count toward the new Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies).

Established by Mr. Yabroudi’s father in 1962, Dubai Contracting Company is an international pri- vate construction company with over 5,000 employees that specializes in building and civil engi- neering projects, including high-rise construction projects. Mr. Yabroudi had provided a $300,000 endowment for the MESP in 2007 and has helped MESP establish an annual essay prize named after his father, Hasan Abdullah Yabroudi.