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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is an award-winning freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail in the UK. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The National newspaper in the UAE, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. A keen sailor and onetime ocean rower, his latest book, “How to Build a Boat,” published by Simon & Schuster, is an account of a year spent building a traditional wooden boat as an inspirational gift and life lesson for his young daughter.

Articles By Jonathan Gornall

Saudi Arabia’s ‘The Line’ and the Need for Big Ideas By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 9, 2022

Now, perhaps more than ever, the world needs big dreamers with big ideas. They change things. They challenge redundant orthodoxies, through sudden revolution, not slow evolution. Big dreamers gave us everything from internal combustion, powered flight and spaceships to electricity, nuclear power, antibiotics and vaccines. One of the first big dreamers lived some 6,000 years … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia’s ‘The Line’ and the Need for Big Ideas”

To Save the Planet, Follow the Gulf’s Lead on Nuclear Power By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 22, 2022

There is a delightful irony in the fact that, even as the sun sets slowly on the era of fossil fuels, two of the countries with oil and gas reserves that have powered the global economy for decades are now at the cutting edge of the nuclear-power renaissance. The United Arab Emirates is already generating electricity at its … Continue reading “To Save the Planet, Follow the Gulf’s Lead on Nuclear Power”

When the Past is Plundered, Everyone Pays the Price By Jonathan Gornall - Jun 17, 2022

In the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian creation myth found inscribed on seven clay tablets from – the 7th century BCE and excavated at Nineveh in the 19th century, Eridu, in southern Mesopotamia, is named as the world’s first city. Despite 8,000 years of occupation, today there is precious little to see at the ancient site, isolated … Continue reading “When the Past is Plundered, Everyone Pays the Price”

Middle East Dust Storms Forewarn the Climate Apocalypse By Jonathan Gornall - May 29, 2022

Fundamentalist Christians believe that the appearance of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, predicted in the Bible’s book of Revelation, heralds the coming of the Last Judgment, the day of reckoning common to all Abrahamic faiths, including Islam. Believers, of course, will be saved on doomsday. But should the looming apocalypse of global warming that … Continue reading “Middle East Dust Storms Forewarn the Climate Apocalypse”

Sheikh Khalifa and a Legacy of State Building By Jonathan Gornall - May 22, 2022

The passing this month of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who served as ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates from November 2004 until his death on May 13, offers an opportunity for reflection. We should, of course, reflect on the many achievements of Sheikh Khalifa’s life, and the highlights of his 18 years as president. But … Continue reading “Sheikh Khalifa and a Legacy of State Building”