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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.

Hajj pilgrims get first-hand experience of balancing must-haves with have-nots

Mecca, Saudi Arabia – “Dear pilgrim. Avoid carrying your luggage on trains and crowded places.” This rather concise text message from Saudi civil defense sums up the need of the hour...

Inside the busy world of Mecca’s service providers during Hajj season

Mecca, Saudi Arabia - "If this was just a ‎ritual, it wouldn't have gone on for so long and wouldn't attract such a large number of people every year," says Makhdoom, technician with a...

Tents of Mina await pilgrims as millions prepare for journey of their lives‎

Mecca, Saudi Arabia - From delayed flights to overflowing airports and slow-moving‎ traffic, nothing has dampened the spirits of millions who are on the cusp of a spiritual journey in and around...

Despite converging millions, sense of calm prevails in Riyadh on Hajj eve

A sense of calm prevailed at ‎Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport well past midnight on Wednesday. It’s business as usual with international arrivals outnumbering other areas of...

Indian who sailed in a boat to Dubai and built a multi-billion retail empire

Yusuff Ali M.A. has vivid memories of the ship he boarded ‎in Bombay that set sail for Dubai in the last week of 1973. “The ship’s name was Dumra and it took a week to reach the shores...

Blockchain can solve third world problems but who will bell the cat?

“Is blockchain made of gold”? My wife’s rather amusing question during a random research turned out to be more than just comic intervention. It raised a pertinent point though....

Why World Cup can mirror but not resolve global complexities

On July 15, the world will have a new football champion. The team, not necessarily the best in the world, will be crowned and remain so until another round of qualifiers build up to the crescendo we...

New visa, job policies in the UAE: More than just a stitch in time

Business leaders and stakeholders have welcomed a slew of measures announced by the UAE last week – easing visa, insurance and business processes. To them, they have not just come at the right...