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Shahla Omar


Shahla is a journalist and news editor at The New Arab. She holds a BA in French and an MSc in International History. She worked for two years as a news and features writer and editor in Iraqi Kurdistan, before joining The New Arab in 2021.


Areas of focus: Kurdish issues, Iraq, migration, sports


Follow her on Twitter: @shahlasomar

Dozens of people attended a vigil near 10 Downing Street that mourned health workers and journalists killed during Israel's war on Gaza.

30 December, 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, The New Arab looks at ten of the biggest stories for the Middle East and North Africa region this year.

30 December, 2023

Bukayo Saka has been lauded for his generosity towards Moroccan earthquake victims, while Mo Salah continues to face scrutiny due to his quiet over Gaza.

22 December, 2023

Emboldened by far-right rhetoric, a new music genre has emerged in Israel, one that celebrates the death of Palestinians and the destruction of Gaza.

21 December, 2023

Abdelrahman Elaraby won the hotly contested Men's 50m Butterfly final at the Swimming World Cup in Greece - but after the race, he said the suffering of Palestinians and fears for his own safety left him feeling unable to celebrate the win.

17 October, 2023

A mixed bag this week as Morocco bags gold and bronze medals at the World Athletics Championships while five out of five MENA teams lose their opening matches at the Basketball World Cup.

26 August, 2023

In what might have seemed impossible even this time last year, the Saudi Pro League has managed to bag some of the greatest footballers of a generation.

18 August, 2023

This week saw Morocco's Atlas Lionesses knocked out of the FIFA Women's World Cup, and a new season of the now star-studded Saudi Pro League get underway.

12 August, 2023

This week Morocco's Atlas Lionesses secured entry to the round of 16 of the Women's World Cup, setting up an exciting clash with France.

06 August, 2023

Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur made a stunning run in the Wimbledon tournament, Saudi Arabia is looking to set up the boxing match of the decade, and Morocco's women's team made history.

15 July, 2023