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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is an award-winning freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail in the UK. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The National newspaper in the UAE, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. A keen sailor and onetime ocean rower, his latest book, “How to Build a Boat,” published by Simon & Schuster, is an account of a year spent building a traditional wooden boat as an inspirational gift and life lesson for his young daughter.

Articles By Jonathan Gornall

Paying Tax on Treats Is Worth It If It Means Improved Public Health – and the Gulf Countries Can Show How By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 11, 2019

With the news that Oman will introduce so-called “sin taxes” from the end of September, Kuwait is the only remaining member of the Gulf Cooperation Council yet to do so, but says it plans to follow suit in 2020-2021. The new taxes are hefty: 100 percent on tobacco and energy drinks and 50 percent on … Continue reading “Paying Tax on Treats Is Worth It If It Means Improved Public Health – and the Gulf Countries Can Show How”

Arab Religiosity Survey Raises More Questions Than It Answers By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 4, 2019

“Arabs becoming less religious,” proclaimed the Times of Israel. “Arab world turns its back on religion,” agreed the Guardian. Arabs, chorused The Times of London, were “losing their religion.” The headlines were as unambiguous as they were surprising and, on closer analysis of the research that triggered them, perhaps said rather more about the prejudices … Continue reading “Arab Religiosity Survey Raises More Questions Than It Answers”

Unqualified, Inexperienced, Far from Impartial… Why Should the Palestinians Trust Kushner and His Deal of the Century? By Jonathan Gornall - Jun 20, 2019

Over the past few weeks the Palestinian Authority has come under increasing pressure from all sides to engage with the Trump administration’s “deal of the century.” As The Jordan Times put it, the out-of-hand rejection of Jared Kushner’s imminent peace summit in Bahrain makes the Palestinians guilty of “premature negativism.” Even leading UAE businessman Khalaf … Continue reading “Unqualified, Inexperienced, Far from Impartial… Why Should the Palestinians Trust Kushner and His Deal of the Century?”