Home town: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: Surprisingly, the weather, because I spent my whole entire life in the desert. So for the first time I have experienced cold weather, and I am learning to ski.
Thamir is getting his master's degree in communications and information systems. His bachelor's degree from King Saud University is in political science. Thamir hopes to work as a diplomat and expects that skills in communication and information systems will make him a valuable addition to an embassy. He says he fell for Pittsburgh the first time he came through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and he loves the view from Mount Washington.
Shaima is earning her master's in information systems management. Her bachelor's degree in marketing is from King Faisal University. She has traveled widely in the United States and likes Pittsburgh because it is easy to navigate and the people are friendly. It's also close to her brother, who lives in Morgantown, W.V.