Francis Matthew

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Francis Matthew is the Editor-at-Large of Gulf News, where he writes on UAE and GCC social and political issues. He is a regular commentator on Arab affairs on TV, and has spoken at several conferences including Davos.

Francis has moderated at every Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and greatly enjoys the cut and thrust between the panelists, and the informed and enthusiastic interventions from the audience.  He has edited three books on the UAE: Rise of a Nation (which won Sharjah International Book Fair’s Best UAE Book award); Building a Nation, and An Amazing Nation.

Francis has worked in the Middle East as a journalist for 35 years, with occasional spells in Europe. He speaks Arabic, and studied Arabic and Islamic History for his BA at Exeter University.