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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

Economy, VAT dominate discussions among voters in Bahrain’s local elections

As Bahrain gears to hold its fifth parliamentary and municipal elections, the impending implementation of Value-Added-Tax and rising inflation rate are driving discussions between candidates and...

Record number of women contest in Bahrain’s local elections

Bahrain will field a record number of women candidates in the upcoming parliamentary and municipality elections to be held on November 24, although two of the three incumbent female MPs have decided...

Bahrain arrests two nationals for taking money from Qatar to influence elections

Bahrain has arrested two nationals who raised and received money from a former Qatari minister in their bid to influence the upcoming parliamentary elections. The news was confirmed by Advocate...

Mazin al-Eshaiker tells Al Arabiya English on why he’s a good choice for Iraq PM

Sources with close knowledge of internal political consultations have asserted that among the names being floated by political groups for Iraq’s premiership include that of Mazen al-Eshaiker....

Barbers of Mecca and why pilgrims shave their head as Hajj nears its end

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. Immediately afterwards male pilgrims head to an...

Black Muslims say Hajj a reflection of their five-decade struggle

Mecca, Saudi Arabia - It was 54 years when Malcolm X took the sacred Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj from the United States to Mecca where images of him wearing the ihram clothing coupled with his famous...

Abdullah Al Jumah: Saudi traveler on visiting 100 countries before turning 30

Abdullah Al Jumah was sitting at his high-paying legal job at a Saudi government office where he was making three times more money than that of his peers. Having just graduated from Harvard, he ...

Q&A: ‘Path of blood’ shows Qaeda’s videos during terror campaign in Saudi Arabia

Over a decade ago, al-Qaeda shocked the Gulf Peninsula and wider world when it attempted to launch a “bloody revolution” in Saudi Arabia by carrying out a series of car bomb attacks. At...