Journalist and HuffPost blogger Faisal J. Abbas has been named the Editor-in-Chief of the English website of Al-Arabiya news channel. The network, which is part of the MBC group, announced the decision on Monday.
Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, General Manager of Al-Arabiya News Channel, commented:
Faisal is among the most distinguished young journalists and it is a pleasure to have him on-board to continue taking the website forward. This appointment complements our strategy of refining and nurturing Arab talent; it also reflects our keenness on hiring the most highly-skilled candidates in the fields of media and journalism
Because of the integrated nature of our work at Al-Arabiya, a strategy which we have begun implementing two years ago, Faisal’s activity will expand beyond the English portal to include the two Al-Arabiya channels, its websites and various platforms.
Abbas is an award-winning journalist and social commentator. He blogged for the Huffington Post on a range of subjects, including Arab and international relations.
The English news website of Al-Arabiya launched in August 2007, aiming to build a bridge between the channel and English-speakers who are interested in the Middle East.