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13 December 2019

In loving memory of Mohamed Abdullah Al Araimi

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the tragic death of one of our students, Mohamed Al Araimi, following an incident in the Knightsbridge area at the end of last week.

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Mohamed Abdullah Al Araimi: Image provided by Mohamed's family.

Mohamed was a second-year Political Economy undergraduate. This has come as a terrible shock to us all and our thoughts and sympathies are with Mohamed’s family and those close to him.

Mohamed is remembered by many as being a very kind-hearted person who cared greatly for others, including his friends, family, teachers and fellow students. Lecturers and teaching staff within the Department of Political Economy have highlighted how engaged Mohamed was in his studies and how his natural curiosity enlivened discussions with his peers.

Dr Keith Smith, Teaching Fellow of International Politics, said; “Mohamed was one of those students that makes education fun. He was engaged with the academic literature and engaging in class. We would always have a conversation after – and even sometimes during – the lecture. I remember at one point in one of the lectures I asked for a volunteer. Mohamed's hand went up first, even before he knew what he was volunteering for. That speaks volumes about the type of person he was.

“I know from speaking to students that he was a very popular student. He was very smart, helpful, and humble. He was clearly going places in life. It is such a travesty that we will never get to know how bright his star was going to shine. Although taken from us, he will always be remembered.”

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dries Glorieux, who ran one of Mohamed’s politics seminars remembered the last class Mohamed attended before his untimely death.

“During that seminar, I remember him taking the lead on a topic we were discussing and made it much more salient and relevant than it had been so far. This led to the students engaging strongly in what would have otherwise been a good, but less spirited debate.”

“He was always very respectful when commenting on other people's views as he showed a very natural interest in much of the topics discussed. The Political Economy degree seemed like a natural fit for his curiosity.”

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Mohamed’s personal tutor Elisa Cavatorta said: “Mohamed was a student who impressed you with his drive to learn. Polite, mature and professional, he was a pleasure to interact with. We will all miss his presence but in some ways we all know he is there as he will continue living through his family, his friends, his classmates, and all of us who had the chance to meet him.”

Anyone who wishes to share their memories of Mohamed is invited to sign a book of condolence which is in the School of Politics and Economics Office, Room 7.01 Bush House NE Building and through into January. If you aren’t able to come in person but would like to share your thoughts about Mohamed, you can also email them to and we will ensure they are included in the book.