Dr. Nabeel Al-Khatib is a Palestinian broadcast journalist, media entrepreneur, professor and the newly appointed general manager of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath.
He previously served as the executive editor of Al Arabiya for several years and has decades of experience reporting on Middle Eastern affairs, with a particular focus on Palestine, having served as chief of MBC’s Jerusalem bureau.
On Tuesday, MBC Founder and Chairman Waleed Al-Ibrahim announced the establishment of an editorial board and appointed Al-Khatib as GM for both channels.
In an official statement, Al-Ibrahim reiterated his confidence in Al-Khatib’s academic, journalistic and managerial capabilities, saying: “Whilst welcoming Dr. Nabeel ‘back home’ to his family — where he spent nearly 13 years as one of Al Arabiya’s key pillars — I’d like to praise his academic accomplishments, skill set, and proven track record.”
Al-Khatib studied journalism at the University of Minsk in Belarus in the 1980s and went on to teach the subject at Birzeit University in the West Bank.
Known for his journalistic integrity while covering the delicate Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Al-Khatib carries with him a wealth of experience in the field of broadcast journalism.
Coupled with an academic record in teaching and training both students and professionals in journalism, mass media and communication, Al-Khatib is the co-founder and served as director of Birzeit University Media Institute and chairman of the department of mass communications, as well as being a media consultant for several international nongovernmental organizations.