Our Teaching Staff
Professor Abdelwahab Qadri is an award-winning Arabic teacher with over 30 years of experience. He has dedicated his career to become an expert in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. He began his career in 1983, teaching Arabic to foreign professors working at King Saud University, Riyadh. Professor Abdelwahab then began to work with the American Community Services teaching Arabic to the American Ambassador and other diplomats as well as the British Consul, during and in the aftermath of the Gulf war.
In 1995, Professor Qadri was asked to move to Tunisia where he became a member of the teaching staff in the Foreign Service Institute, Field School for the following seventeen years. During this time, he innovated and coordinated media training and prepared talking points and other materials for his students to be prepared for interviews with Arab TV journalists. He also integrates analysis of political, religious, social, and tribal trends in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab Gulf States to prepare his students for their future work.
For his excellence in his job, Professor Qadri was awarded by the United States Department of State with four Meritorious Honor Award, the Franklin Award, four Appreciation Award for his original curriculum and unique teaching method.
In 2008, Professor Qadri and his wife, Houda Al Rihawi, embarked on a new journey to expand their Arabic teaching journey. They opened Centre Sidi Bou Saïd de Langues et d'Informatique, in the village of Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia. In a very short time, the organization became an important destination for anyone who is interested in pursuing Arabic Studies in the middle east, welcoming every year students from around the world.
To continue his mission to spread the Arabic language and culture, Professor Abdelwahab opened Al Bayt Al Arabi in the DMV area bringing a full emergent experience to students in the United States.
Ms. Houda Al Rihawi earned her law degree from Damascus University. She began her career in Arabic teaching in Tunisia where she was a language partner to students in the Foreign Service Institute, Field School. She was also a member of the Association of International women where she gave pro bono lesson to women from around the world who resided in Tunisia and wanted to pursue Arabic lessons. In 2008, she opened Centre Sidi Bou Saïd de Langues et d'Informatique with her husband, Abdelwahab Qadri. She established an immersion program between the Center and Texas A&M University as well as other institutions.
In 2013, Ms. Al Rihawi began teaching at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA before moving to Middlebury College where she taught Arabic language to college students and was in charge of organizing cultural programs. In 2015, Ms. Houda received a Certificate of Appreciation from Montana University for participating along side Professor Abdelwahab in developing a new Arabic curriculum for the Defence Critical Language and Cultural Program (DCLP) in Fort Campbell, TN.
Today, Ms. Houda Al Rihawi is in charge of Al Bayt Al Arabi, an emergent program in the DMV area welcoming students from around the United States who wish to pursue Arabic studies.