About Arab Digest

Events in the Middle East and North Africa are highly complex and fast-moving. Taking business decisions in such an environment requires high quality information, a discerning news filter and expert analysis.

Arab Digest is a private members club offering expert political analysis about the region. It is made up of a few hundred elite people worldwide, including decision-makers in business and politics, people in the British FCO and other foreign ministries, as well as others in the media, the academic world, energy industry and more.

Business members who depend on the Arab Digest daily newsletter for regional analysis include blue-chip names such as Barclays, HSBC, BP, Chevron, BAE, Abu Dhabi National Energy, Ernst and Young, Trafigura and Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank.

To keep pace with events as they unfold, Arab Digest members receive a daily newsletter about the region containing a mix of material drawn from a very wide range of published sources, together with original input from the editor and Arab Digest’s high-level network.

Arab Digest ltd a UK-registered limited company with offices in Egypt and the UK. It is the sister company of Al Shafie Miles a business intelligence consultancy specialising in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Editors

Bill Law

William (Bill) Law is an award-winning journalist. Prior to joining BBC News and Current Affairs in 1995, he worked as a documentary maker with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. From 2002 he reported extensively from the Middle East for the BBC. In 2003 he covered the beginnings of the jihadist insurgency that subsequently engulfed Iraq. He made numerous radio documentaries in Saudi Arabia for the BBC, including the five part radio series Saudi Stories. His first visit to Bahrain was in 2007. He subsequently covered the uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Bahrain for radio, television and online. In addition to numerous radio documentaries, his films have focused on the Arab Spring and its aftermath. He has also reported from Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before leaving the BBC in 2014, Mr Law was the corporation’s Gulf analyst. He now runs TheGulfMatters.com providing analysis and journalism focusing on the Gulf states and the wider Middle East. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera (Arabic and English), Sky News, Monocle Radio, Middle East Eye, Arab Digest, Gulf State Analytics, Fair Observer, Gulf House, the BBC, Al Araby and Middle East Monitor. @BillLaw49

Hugh Miles

Hugh Miles is an award-winning author and investigative journalist specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked with a wide variety of media including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Foreign Policy, London Review of Books, Mirror, Express, Sun, and others. His work has appeared on the front pages of many newspapers and been translated into several languages. He has written, produced and presented radio and TV programmes for the BBC and Al Jazeera.

In 2015 Hugh broke the news that a senior Saudi prince was calling for regime change in Riyadh, a story that went around the world. In 2016 Hugh exposed the Saudi government’s secret programme to kidnap Saudi defectors and dissidents living in Europe. In September 2017 Hugh produced the BBC TV documentary “Kidnapped! Saudi Princes”. In January 2018 Hugh was Specialist Producer on the critically acclaimed BBC 2 series “House of Saud – Family at War”. In October 2018 he was one of a team of journalists to make the BBC fast turnaround documentary “Saudi Crown Prince on Trial” about the fallout from the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Hugh has also worked with the BBC Newsnight team on investigations in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

Hugh is the author of two books, Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World (published Jan 2005) and Playing Cards in Cairo (April 2008). He has contributed to several more: Les Arabes parlent aux Arabes: La révolution de l’information dans le monde arabe (May 2009), Al Manakh 2: Export Gulf (April 2010), Revolution in the Arab World (Feb 2011, #1 Kindle Bestseller about the Middle East), National Broadcasting and State Policy in Arab Countries (Jan 2013), The Future of the Middle East – an e-book from Global Policy and Arab Digest (October 2017).

Hugh has won several awards for his work including The Times / Sky News Young Journalist of the Year Award 2000; First Prize in the “Grand Prix du Livre Des Dirigeants” Categorie Livre d’Investigation 2006; and an honourable mention in the 2014 Young Stationers’ Prize for achievement and promise in journalism and publishing.

In 2010 Hugh established Al Shafie Miles, a UK-registered business intelligence consultancy specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. From its offices in Egypt and the UK, Al Shafie Miles produces newsletters about the Arab world and provides consultancy services to a wide range of companies.

Since 2005 Hugh has been contributing editor of the American University in Cairo’s media journal.

He is the Secretary of the MEBCS, an Egyptian NGO that oversees the Maadi British International School which is the leading primary school in Egypt.

History of Arab Digest

Some years ago a former British MI6 officer who had served in the Arab world set out to establish a small, private forum where a few expert friends and former colleagues could gather to discuss Arab affairs.

Disillusioned by the mainstream media, he started a newsletter with the aim that Middle East experts could share commentary and analysis. Over time, the newsletter proved popular and grew steadily, reaching an increasingly large network of recipients until eventually it became Arab Digest, an online private members club for those interested in the Middle East and North Africa.

On 17 June 2013 the newsletter launched as Web Arab News Digest, a direct daily email service that ran until July 2015, Then it relaunched as Arab Digest, a private online club where members can comment and join the conversation online.

Today Arab Digest still limits its subscription to just a few hundred highly distinguished people, but it continues to offer the same high quality analysis and insight that have set it apart from its competitors from the very beginning.

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