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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

As Fish Stock Falls, Economic Development Puts More Pressure on Arabian Gulf Ecology By Jonathan Gornall - Feb 13, 2019

In a 17-minute black-and-white film made in 1954 and now held by the Imperial War Museum in London, a group of wiry fishermen run their boat ashore on an unidentified beach somewhere along the Gulf coast of the Trucial States. Their small dhow is powered by a traditional lateen sail. The fish they land have … Continue reading “As Fish Stock Falls, Economic Development Puts More Pressure on Arabian Gulf Ecology”

Populations Keep Expanding, But Not the Water Supply They Need By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 24, 2019

The Greek historian Herodotus recognized that Egypt, “the gift of the Nile,” was wholly a product of the river’s life-giving waters and the rich silt deposited by its annual flooding. In Mesopotamia, another early civilization flourished on fertile plains nourished by the Euphrates and Tigris rivers – and here, the first great cities sprang up … Continue reading “Populations Keep Expanding, But Not the Water Supply They Need”

Dubai Hopes to Future-Proof Its Economy Through University Free-Zones By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 16, 2019

What, exactly, is higher education for? It’s a question that few pause to consider in an age when education to university level is not only regarded virtually as mandatory, but has also become a significant source of income for many economies. It is also a question that, indirectly, is raised by the publication of a … Continue reading “Dubai Hopes to Future-Proof Its Economy Through University Free-Zones”