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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 [email protected]biya.net.

Author on Rohingya says Myanmar ‘buying time until attention moves on’

Myanmar is buying as much time as possible until the world’s attention moves on to the next crisis, a Rohingya expert told Al Arabiya English. Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, research professor at the...

ANALYSIS: What prevents Arab world from becoming hotbed for entrepreneurs?

Los Angeles-based Rama Chakaki calls herself a connector. As co-founder of a non-profit social impact fund for technology and education, and principal at a venture capital and private equity TURN8...

As languages vanish, can cultures be far behind?

This may sound Greek or Latin to some, but it is a fact that in just the last three generations more than 200 languages have become extinct around the world. About half of around 6,000 languages...

Majed al-Tahan and Saudi Arabia’s transforming online retail space

Majed M. al-Tahan was not destined to rest on his laurels with a degree in architecture from King Abdul Aziz University. A stint as a real estate developer only built up his appetite for the next big...

From English to Urdu, silence of letters speak louder than words

I have surprised myself twice within six months.After working as an English language editor and writer for over two decades, I suddenly discovered the joy of writing in my mother tongue, Urdu.Then,...

Howard Gough and Cigna’s art of balancing global with local

“Go deeper”, “go local” and “go beyond”. That is how Howard Gough summed up the strategy of Cigna, the Connecticut-based global health service company, a day after...

ANALYSIS: Can GCC Islamic banks escape the oil-price cycle?

What was unthinkable, or at least not admitted, just years ago is beginning to happen in Islamic finance. More and more stakeholders now concede that the Shari’ah-authorized way of banking has...

ANALYSIS: As ‘Shanghai Spirit’ sweeps Central Asia, is the Middle East noticing?

Addressing the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Astana earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping said something that goes into the core of the organization’s stated...