iOS app Android app

Faisal J. Abbas
GET UPDATES FROM 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

Can Today's Arab World Give Us Another Omar al-Sharif?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:47 AM

The Arabs are running out of their most valuable resource; and no, I don't mean oil. I am actually referring to a much more precious, truly irreplaceable resource: good, talented and internationally-experienced human capital.

Over the last few days, we have lost two men who are unlikely to ever...

Read Post

Are We Living Islam's Darkest Hour?

(123) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 3:25 AM

How much terrorism can the world take in 24 hours? Friday June 26, 2015 will certainly go down in history as a day that pushed the limit.

Just in case the daily dose of evil committed by the likes of ISIS or Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq wasn't enough,...

Read Post

Je Suis...Nasser!

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:04 AM

ISIS isn't particularly known for its sense of humor or appreciation of comedy. As such, news that the militants have threatened to kill Saudi satirist Nasser Al-Qasabi wasn't especially shocking.

Al-Qasabi, a renowned Saudi actor, had poked fun at ISIS' terrorist ideology in a series of episodes from...

Read Post

Dubai Is the Florence of the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 8:53 AM

You can almost feel the vibe that once was when you walk through the streets of Florence. The architecture, the hundreds of old shops and the many magnificent landmarks, such as the Il Duomo, (which remains until this day, the largest brick-built dome in the world) speak volumes of how...

Read Post

Is It Called 'Terrorism' or 'Violent Extremism'?

(15) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 2:37 AM

The two recent attacks on mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia can't be labeled as anything but evil acts of terrorism. Now, such a classification seems obvious to most of us, as there isn't a term that is more expressive to describe these ideologically-driven, murderous attacks on a group of innocent...

Read Post

At the Dead Sea, Jordan's message was 'staying alive'

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 6:06 AM

Jordanians are not known to be the most cheerful among Arabs; in fact, their reputation is that they constantly frown and rarely smile.

Of course, this is a mere stereotype and probably an unfair exaggeration often used in the context of popular jokes; however, the harsh reality is that Jordanians...

Read Post

Why 'Operation: Decisive Storm' Was Needed in Yemen

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 7:40 AM

For far too long, the Iranian-backed Houthi movement was left to meddle in Yemen. Now, while one realizes that war should always be used as a last resort and that every effort to use political and peaceful means should be exhausted, the reality is time after time, Iran and its...

Read Post

HRW's Kenneth Roth Lambasted for Tweeting 'Fabricated' Photo of Saudi Arabia

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 8:09 AM

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth came under fire this week after posting a photo on Twitter in what users called a "fabricated" picture of Saudi Arabia.

Roth tweeted the said picture with a reference to an alleged story claiming that a Saudi girl victim of gang rape...

Read Post

Drones for Good: UAE Honors Peaceful-Purpose Innovators

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 11:28 AM

One of the highlights of last year's Government Summit, an annual international forum held in Dubai designed to help shape the future of governments, was the announcement that the UAE was set to introduce drones to help deliver ID cards, driving licenses and other permits to its residents....

Read Post

How Western Media Missed the Point About Saudi King Salman's 'First Ten Days'

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Saudi Arabia is definitely not without its faults. But many may not comprehend -- especially if they are not from the Kingdom nor are experts on its history, society and politics -- the significance of some of the landmark decrees issued by the newly inaugurated monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz...

Read Post

How to Win the Ideological War Against ISIS

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 12:49 AM

There has been a surge in voices critical of the coalition air strikes against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Indeed, some critics have voiced concerns over the likelihood of accidently targeting civilians whilst others have refuted the whole idea, arguing that the...

Read Post

Rotherham: When the excuse is uglier than the sin

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:13 AM

Perhaps there is nothing that can better describe the horrific revelations that emerged as a result of the recent Rotherham scandal in the United Kingdom than the famous Arabic saying: "The excuse is uglier than the sin." Indeed, to learn that as many as 1,400 children were sexually abused between...

Read Post

Welcome Back, President Obama!

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:46 PM

It is as if a whole new Barack Obama has emerged over the past few days. Indeed, anyone who has read his recent interview with Thomas Friedman and more importantly listened to his statement regarding the ongoing U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in Iraq is right to question whether this...

Read Post

In Response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:33 AM

In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.

However, to Mr. Cockburn's credit, at least he didn't pretend to be unbiased...

Read Post

How UAE Water Aid Can Potentially Help 2 Billion Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:10 AM

The recently launched UAE Water Aid campaign is aiming to assist 5 million people in desperate need of clean water around the world, but the actual beneficiaries might well be the entire global Muslim population of 2 billion people.

This would certainly be the case if we look...

Read Post

Maliki Is a New Saddam, and It's America's Fault

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Many American Iraq war veterans must be disappointed; after all, they didn't risk their lives for all those years so that the country they believed they were helping liberate can fall into the hands of extremists.

However, what most of them failed to realize is that Iraq had already been...

Read Post

What Dubai Can Learn from Rome and the Korean Wave

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:16 AM

Dubai was recently ranked the best in the whole world when it came to hotels and shopping experiences, according to a survey conducted last month by popular travel review website, TripAdvisor. As such, Dubai has defeated long-standing champions such as London, New York and Paris as well as...

Read Post

Arabs, Bribes and World Cup Failures

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Whilst unfortunate, it is certainly not surprising that this is the second consecutive World Cup where only one Arab football team -- Algeria -- managed to qualify. While most Arabs probably wish the Algerian team the best of luck, very few of us expect them to deliver miracles in Brazil.

...
Read Post

An Open Letter to President Sisi

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 4:25 PM

His Excellency Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Dear Sir,

I write to you today not as a journalist, but as a truly concerned Arab citizen and an avid lover of Egypt, its people, history and culture.

First, allow me to congratulate you, the Egyptian people and...

Read Post

Should GCC States Take Qatar's Charm Offensive Seriously?

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:58 AM

There might not have been a better opportunity for Qatar to find its way back to the bosom of its neighbors than the last GCC foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh. The extraordinary summit, which is owed to enormous Kuwaiti diplomatic efforts, succeeded in creating a chance of normalizing...

Read Post