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Ehtesham Shahid
Ehtesham Shahid

Ehtesham Shahid is Managing Editor at Al Arabiya English. For close to two decades he has worked as editor, correspondent, and business writer for leading publications, news wires and research organizations in India and the Gulf region. He loves to occasionally dabble with teaching and is collecting material for a book on unique tales of rural conflict and transformation from around the world. His twitter handle is @e2sham and he can be reached at Ehtesham.Shahid@alarabiya.net.

Cybersecurity needs top priority but is the threat often exaggerated?

All things cyber need security in today’s day and age. But is everything thrown at us in the name of cyber security genuine? Are individuals, organizations and even governments compelled to...

Hajj 2018: Pilgrims leaving behind trail of memories and relationships

"Teshekkur Ederim" were the only two words a Turkish couple could express while thanking a Jordanian couple who offered them a free ride to Mecca's Masjid al-Haram on Saturday evening....

Hajj 2018: A story behind every pilgrim, faith behind all

While in Mecca, do as the pilgrims do. Following this dictum means braving through a set of Hajj rituals performed in and around the holy city by millions at specific times. Hajj is indeed a spiritual...

Hajj pilgrims offer prayers in Mecca as symbolic stoning of devil continues

After two days of rituals and prayers on the outskirts of Mecca, Hajj pilgrims are now streaming in and out of the holy mosque in Mecca, mostly from their tents in Mina. At the same time, the stoning...

WATCH: Pilgrims begin symbolic ‘stoning of devil’ in last major Hajj ritual

Pilgrims began heading back to Mina and the Grand Mosque to perform further rites and rituals on the third day of their Hajj pilgrimage and first day of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday. Having spent the...

IN PICTURES: Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for Hajj’s pinnacle

A heavy dust storm that hit large swathes of areas occupied by Hajj pilgrims on Sunday evening delayed their transfer from Mina to Arafat, at least from some camps in the Zone 4 area. After the storm...

Focus shifts to Mina as sea of white-robed Hajj pilgrims occupy tents

Despite soaring temperatures, momentum is building as the a major set of Hajj ritual takes millions of pilgrims, distinguished by their white robes, pouring into the tent city of Mina.Around two...

Young Pakistani proud to be first in family to perform Hajj before marriage

Syed Sharique Hussain, a chartered accountant from Karachi, Pakistan, has been living and working in Riyadh for less than a year.He chose the first opportunity he got to perform Hajj, which means a...