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Faisal J. Abbas

Faisal J. Abbas is the editor in chief of Arab News

Twitter: @FaisalJAbbas

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Why today is about Saudi Arabia’s future, as much as its past

On National Day, we Saudis typically celebrate our past. In a way, this occasion is very much like Thanksgiving; we look back at the blood, sweat and tears that were sacrificed for the unification of the Kingdom in 1932… and then praise God for what this nation has become.

September 22, 2018

Lessons from the World Cup 

A popular meme went viral before Sunday’s World Cup final — that the French team was “Africa’s best hope” to win football’s most prestigious trophy. 

July 17, 2018

BeIN Sports suffers from Al Jazeera syndrome

What business does a TV sports channel have with the Palestinian cause or the boycott of Qatar? The answer is, none whatsoever. 

June 18, 2018

Houthis can no longer get away with playing the victim

Yet again, the Houthi militias aimed their missiles at Riyadh; and yet again, their cowardly attack, aimed deliberately at seven million civilians, was successfully intercepted by Saudi air defense forces. 

March 26, 2018

MBS, Trump and ‘The Art of the Deal’

It might have been an unusually cold, rainy afternoon in Washington, but inside the White House a very warm meeting took place between President Donald J. Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

March 21, 2018

Why Tillerson wasn’t the secretary of state Trump needed 

President Trump’s decision to let Rex Tillerson go came as no surprise to anyone; in fact, perhaps the only surprise was that the decision took this long. 

March 14, 2018

The impression in London? MBS means business

You can always count on the British to be skeptical; and before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s landmark visit to London, there was no shortage of skepticism about the seriousness of the Saudi reform plans.

March 10, 2018