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Najat Al Saied, Independent Researcher at Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Download

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Najat Al Saied is a columnist in Al Ittihad (an Arabic language newspaper published daily in the United Arab Emirates) and also columnist in Al Hurra (an American satellite television news channel in Arabic).  She is specialized in political and social development communication geared to modern and tolerant Middle East.

She worked at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE from 2014-2018 as an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication and Media Sciences.  But all her experience throughout the past 20 years was in media institutes, development organization and diplomatic sectors.

She worked at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in the Human Capital Development Department in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; the US Consulate in the Public Diplomacy Department in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Saudi Research & Publishing Company and was the editor-in-chief of women e-magazines in Dubai; the World Health Organization-Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC; and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington DC.

She is the author of Screens of influence: Arab satellite television and social development.  She also wrote chapters in books, Arab Media Moguls and Handbook on Arab Media.  Also her study about Arabian Gulf Twiplomacy will be published soon in the ECSSR.  She published several articles in the Washington Post, Gatestone Institute, Gulf News, Al Arabiya English website and others.

She earned her Ph.D. in media studies at the University of Westminster in London-UK and her thesis: Privately-Owned Arab Satellite Television and their Reception among Disadvantaged Women.  She holds two Master Degrees in Health Promotion Disease Prevention and Computer Information System from American University in Washington DC.

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