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Ismaeel Naar
Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar is a former Senior Journalist with Al Arabiya English. His reporting usually covers geopolitics and security in the Middle East and North Africa, with a special focus on 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

Oman’s role in ongoing Yemen crisis is to help, mediate: FM

Oman’s role in the ongoing Yemeni crisis is to help bring about stability and diverging views on the conflict closer, Oman’s foreign minister told Al Arabiya on Sunday.“Our role in the Yemeni crisis...

Saudi King Salman fires director of public security, orders investigation

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered on Tuesday the termination of First Lieutenant General Khaled al-Harbi, the head of the Kingdom’s Public Security.Al-Harbi was forced into retirement...

Here are some of the UAE’s ‘Projects of the 50’ initiatives unveiled so far

The United Arab Emirates will launch 50 new economic initiatives to boost the country's economic competitiveness and attract $150 bln (AED 550 bln) in foreign direct investment in the next nine years,...

Monitoring the Hajj from inside Mecca’s 911 security control center

Mina, Mecca - As pilgrims on the final day of Hajj began moving toward the Jamaraat Bridge, where they throw seven pebbles at a pillar for the “stoning of the devil” ritual, the clouds began to rumble...

‘White Vests’ of Mecca unite volunteers to serve Hajj pilgrims

Mina, Mecca - Saudi Arabia’s new “White Vests” initiative aims to unify the various overlapping volunteer groups who served pilgrims during this year’s Hajj.The initiative, launched by the Ministry of...

Hajj in numbers: How Saudi personnel help serve the needs of 2.3 mln pilgrims

More than 2.3 million pilgrims clad in white cloth will descend from the tent city of Mina and make their way toward Mount Arafat for the most important day of the Hajj pilgrimage on Saturday.During...

Nearly 2.5 mln Hajj pilgrims stay overnight in Muzdalifah after Arafat

Muzdalifah, Mecca - Nearly 2.5 million Hajj pilgrims from around the world stayed overnight in Muzdalifah after gathering at Mount Arafat on Saturday where they stood in prayer from noon to sunset in...

Hajj goes digital with ‘robots’ linking pilgrims with doctors in Riyadh, Jeddah

Saudi medical services during this year’s Hajj season have gone digital. New robots can now connect specialized doctors from Riyadh and Jeddah with patients during their pilgrimage in Mina and...