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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

Why Gulf States Have Better Responded to Covid-19 Than the US and Europe By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 1, 2020

Ten months on from the appearance of SARS-CoV-2, and 42 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and one million deaths later, it is time to ask why some nations have fared so much better than others in the battle against the coronavirus. Among them is the UAE, and its record will be closely studied by researchers … Continue reading “Why Gulf States Have Better Responded to Covid-19 Than the US and Europe”

Israel-UAE Agreement Shows Intractable Problems Can Be Solved – Like Iran By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 11, 2020

If the arrests of 10 members of an alleged Iranian-trained terror cell in Saudi Arabia on September 23 ever feature in a movie, no director could resist intercutting footage of the raids with the speech that, by coincidence, was being given by King Salman on the same day to the General Assembly of the United … Continue reading “Israel-UAE Agreement Shows Intractable Problems Can Be Solved – Like Iran”

Maybe, Just Maybe, the Death of Little Alan Kurdi Saved Others from the Same Fate By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 13, 2020

If three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi had survived his family’s desperate attempt to join relatives in Canada in 2015, he, along with thousands of other schoolchildren in Vancouver, would this week be looking forward to returning to school for the first time since the coronavirus disrupted life around the world. Elementary school students in Toronto, … Continue reading “Maybe, Just Maybe, the Death of Little Alan Kurdi Saved Others from the Same Fate”