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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.

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Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 29, 2022

After a two-year slowdown, tourism is once again booming in the Middle East. As countries lift their COVID-19 travel restrictions and demand for travel returns, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) projects that the sector’s contribution to regional GDP will grow more than 36 percent in 2022 – to more than $256 billion. While this is undoubtedly great news for countries where tourism accounts … Continue reading “Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound”

Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 28, 2022

In the murky world of ISIS families, all diplomacy is conducted quietly. On Monday, the Spanish government quietly admitted it would bring back several Spanish wives and children of ISIS fighters, before the end of the year. Newspaper reports placed the number at three women and 13 children – a figure which, while small, represents a significant … Continue reading “Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides”

Pakistan Pays Heavy Price For Domestic Turmoil By Arif Rafiq - Nov 25, 2022

Pakistan’s economy is in a deep mess. This summer’s epic floods took more than a thousand lives and inflicted billions of dollars in damage and devastation. In spite of an International Monetary Fund bailout, Pakistan’s external account position remains precarious. Foreign exchange reserves at hand cover less than two months of imports. Exports and remittances are in decline. Pakistan’s perceived default risk, as reflected by … Continue reading “Pakistan Pays Heavy Price For Domestic Turmoil”

The ‘Loss and Damage’ Climate Agenda Will Sink Us All By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 24, 2022

Throughout COP27, which ended on Friday, there was the usual juvenile sniping at the engagement in the climate-change mitigation process of the oil-producing countries, as if anything could possibly be achieved without their collaboration. The UK Guardian, which can always be relied upon to bash the Gulf states on the slightest pretext, dedicated a long article … Continue reading “The ‘Loss and Damage’ Climate Agenda Will Sink Us All”

It’s Not All Sunshine: Middle East Invests Big in Wind Power By Robin Mills - Nov 21, 2022

The story of renewable energy across the Middle East and North Africa is usually told from one viewpoint: the sun that beats down relentlessly on the region’s deserts. Solar is indeed a tremendous source of power and increasingly made to move electrons. But wind also blows across the Middle East’s plains, hills and seas – … Continue reading “It’s Not All Sunshine: Middle East Invests Big in Wind Power”