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Ismaeel Naar
Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar is an online journalist with Al Arabiya English. His reporting usually covers media, geopolitics and security in the Middle East and North Africa, mainly the GCC.

In December 2016, Ismaeel won the Young Arab Award for Outstanding Journalism. He  holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Middle Eastern studies from Northwestern University.

Follow him on Twitter at @ismaeelrn

COLUMNISTS
Ismaeel Naar
Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar is an online journalist with Al Arabiya English. His reporting usually covers media, geopolitics and security in the Middle East and North Africa, mainly the GCC.

In December 2016, Ismaeel won the Young Arab Award for Outstanding Journalism. He  holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Middle Eastern studies from Northwestern University.

Follow him on Twitter at @ismaeelrn

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Sources from Yemen's General People's Congress confirmed their leader and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday during fierce clashes ...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Saudis are gearing up for what many are calling a historic series of concerts this weekend as the famed award-winning Greek composer and maestro Yanni ...

Bahrain arrests suspect, names Iran-backed cell involved in attacks

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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Hajj correspondent’s note: Covering the story of 2 million people

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Mecca, Saudi Arabia – Five days. 31,569 transport vehicles to help pilgrims navigate the holy sites. 51701 government employees deployed across ...

How Saudi Arabia’s boy scouts help serve this year’s Hajj pilgrims

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Mecca, Saudi Arabia – While the media’s attention is typically focused on older and experienced soldiers serving this year’s Hajj ...

Barbers of Mecca and why pilgrims shave their head as Hajj concludes

Friday, 1 September 2017

The sun is searing at noon as pilgrims complete their final major rite of the Hajj pilgrimage by the symbolic stoning of the devil in Jamaraat. ...

On the plains of Arafat, pilgrims have just one wish: Unity

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Nothing prepared me for the sights of a million people congregating at Jabal Rahma on the day of Arafat.Covering the Hajj for the past five years as a ...

Hajj in real time: Follow live updates from Mecca

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

It is Hajj season again and time for nearly two million Muslims to descend on Islam's holiest site: Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Hajj pilgrimage is one ...

All you need to know about Hajj: Steps, rituals and significance

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Hajj ritual can be traced back to the time of the Prophet Abraham by Muslims. It is a religious obligation for all able-bodied Muslims who can ...

For the elderly, Hajj a dual pilgrimage of life and death

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Mecca, Saudi Arabia – Most pilgrims say they wait a lifetime before getting the chance to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. For Indonesia’s ...

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