Areen is originally from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 2017. She also completed her Masters of Research degree in Environmental Management at the University of Bolton, UK in 2019. Prior to attending KAUST, Areen worked at the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection in Saudi Arabia.
As a masters student in the Reef Ecology Lab, Areen is primarily focused on coral reef ecology and fish biodiversity in the Red Sea.