Faisal J. Abbas
Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News Channel’s English website. He is an award-winning journalist, blogger, social commentator and author.

Faisal has been blogging with the Huffington Post since 2008, his contributions have received numerous recognitions and his work cited in various books and international media outlets. He is an expert on social media and its impact on the Middle Eastern societies, a topic which he is currently writing a book on.

Throughout his career which spans over a decade, he has worked as the Senior Middle East Correspondent for the International Resource Journal, a Media Editor for the London-based Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat and a producer/reporter for Lebanon’s Future Television.

Faisal comments regularly on Arab affairs for the likes of BBC, International Herald Tribune and CNN among others. He also gives frequent talks at the London School of Economics (LSE), Cambridge, SOAS.

He holds a Masters in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster (London) and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Journalism from the Lebanese American University (Beirut).

An alumnus of the US State Department IVP’s Edward R Murrow Program for Journalists, he was awarded in 2009 with “Cutting Edge” Prize at the annual Media Awards organized by London’s Next Century Foundation’s Media Council in recognition of his efforts in narrowing cultural gaps and countering misunderstanding. He is an associate member of the Cambridge Union Society, a member of the British Society of Authors (SoA) and the National Union of Journalist (NUJ).

Entries by Faisal J. Abbas

On the British media coverage of the attack on the three UAE tourists

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 5:02 AM

It was interesting to observe how the British media dealt with last week's "hammer attack" against three Emirati women at a Central London hotel.


Often a point of reference to many when it comes to professionalism, most British dailies and news channels covered...

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What Awaits Obama in Riyadh?

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 6:02 PM

All eyes are definitely going to be on Riyadh this week, where U.S. President Barack Obama will be meeting with the Saudi leadership on March 28.


There is no doubt about it: this highly-anticipated meeting comes at a time which is...

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Introducing the Middle East's very own "Joe the Plumber"

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:12 AM

Little did that Egyptian woman know that her spontaneous rant against the U.S. president would be repeated by so many, and that her words would be rejigged into a techno remix that would go viral within days.

In broken English, the lady passionately shouted: "Listen your...

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Qatar's 'Small State Syndrome'

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 5:03 PM

In psychology, the term "Napoleon complex" or "short man syndrome" usually refers to men of short stature who are characterized by overly-aggressive or domineering social behavior. It is believed that the behavior of these men is compensatory for their stature.

Most of us probably know people who suffer from this...

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What Rouhani Didn't Say in Davos

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 6:29 PM

Very few people paid attention to what Iranian President Hassan Rouhani actually said as he took the stage at the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s annual meeting in Davos.

Given his elegant robes, turban, radiant smile, soft-spoken approach and carefully chosen words, I can understand why an international audience...

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Egypt PM Pledges No Return to Military Rule

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:05 PM

In Davos, Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi faces an enormous challenge heading his country's official delegation at the Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum.

Accompanied by his Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy, Finance Minister Ahmed Galal, Investment Minister Osama Saleh and veteran 'Davosian' Amr Moussa (formerly the...

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Lessons From South Korea

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 9:06 AM

Having just returned from Seoul, where I attended the 10th annual Korea-Middle East Cooperation Forum, I am more convinced than ever that the way forward for us as Arabs lies in contemplating the success story happening in the East rather than the West.

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When Driving Affects Ovaries: A Call to Regulate Fatwas

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 8:44 AM

It did not take long for those recent statements, which suggested that driving might negatively affect women's ovaries, for Saudi Shaikh Saleh Bin Saad al-Luhaydan to become the focus of news headlines around the world.

Al Arabiya English published an article on...
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Saudi Women Must Drive More Than Just Cars!

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 3:51 PM

The head of the Saudi religious police, Sheikh Abdulatif al-Sheikh, recently made public statements revealing that there was nothing in Shariah Law that prohibits women from driving.

Caption: Al Arabiya English published a story regarding the Saudi women driving ban last...

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Giving Assad a License to Kill

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 11:52 AM

Of all American politicians, it is Senator John McCain who seems to really "get it" when it comes to dealing with the Assad regime.

When an American strike seemed imminent a fortnight ago; he warned that a 'cosmetic' assault will not do the job as he criticized President Obama for...

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Possible Strike on Syria Exposes Self-Contradicting Arabs

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 11:52 AM

One of the most fascinating things was witnessing how people in the Middle East were shifting their opinions regarding Syria, following the recent indications that a Western strike is imminent.

A recent story published by Al Arabiya English explains how people who used to condemn the West...

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Obama's Reluctance on Syria: 'A Grave Concern'

(222) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 1:00 PM

It seems almost surreal that President Barack Obama described the Syrian armed forces' alleged use of chemical weapons as a matter of "grave concern."

Make no mistake, I do not say this to belittle the viciousness of this massacre, which reportedly suffocated 1,400 innocent men, women...

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Is the West Siding With 'Terrorists' in Egypt?

(15) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 3:26 PM

Western condemnation of recent developments in Egypt raises serious questions about whether the leaders of the free world are aware of, or understand, the reality on the ground. The way Americans and Europeans (not to mention the Turks) are blatantly taking sides...

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Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Reasons to Be Optimistic

(336) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 2:54 PM

The Middle East peace process has frequently been more process than peace, but even the slim possibility of success makes it a worthwhile pursuit given the negative repercussions of doing nothing.

It was almost surreal to witness how the recent announcement of the resumption of peace talks between Israel and...

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Journalism 101... for Professor Marc Lynch

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 8:25 AM

In an article recently published in Foreign Policy magazine, renowned American academic and author Marc Lynch criticized an opinion piece by Al Arabiya English columnist Abdelatif el-Menawy, describing it as "astonishing."

Rather than attempt to verify the contents of the column and build his argument from...

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Was Morsi Egypt's Nixon?

(8) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 8:10 AM

Those living in the comfort and safety of Western democracies cannot easily understand the situation in Egypt. Talking in absolutes and making statements such as "it's wrong for the military to oust a democratically-elected president," seem completely disconnected from reality.

While one can agree in principle that a nation's military...

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'It's the Economy,' Morsi!

(13) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 8:35 AM

Military coup or not, there were tens of millions of Egyptians out on the streets who demanded, and then ultimately celebrated, the ousting of (now former) President Mohammad Morsi.

Whilst the pivotal role of Egypt's military establishment can't possibly be disputed (particularly that the army has made its position very...

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Times Must Be Turbulent at Al Jazeera!

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Times must be turbulent at Al-Jazeera. It was incredibly sad to see the Qatari state-owned broadcaster resort to citing a seemingly non-existent study to claim that it is the most-watched channel in the Middle East and North Africa.

It was even sadder to see a respected news agency...

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Keep Calm and Carry on, London!

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 6:52 PM

Terror appeared to have returned to the streets of London on Wednesday for the first time since the dreadful attacks of July 2005, as a man believed to be a British soldier was brutally murdered by suspected Islamists near an army barracks in Woolwich.

According to witnesses, the two men...

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How Saudi Arabia's 'Plan B' Became a Game Changer in Syria

(8) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:22 PM

Saudi Arabia has always been renowned for its signature "silent treatment" on most affairs. Rarely confrontational by nature, and always extra-cautious, Saudi officials often repeat that the Kingdom's policy is not to interfere in the affairs of other countries.

Rather, things usually happen behind closed doors in Saudi Arabia. Most...

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