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Ben Flanagan is a freelance journalist based in London writing about UK Muslim issues and Middle East business and construction.

He was formerly associate editor at Al Arabiya News, based in Dubai, where he lived from 2006 to 2014. Before joining Al Arabiya in March 2013, Ben was assistant business editor at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi; he also worked as a senior journalist at the same publication covering telecoms, media and technology.

His previous roles in the UAE include managing editor at Kipp Report, editor of Media Week Middle East magazine, and launch editor of the news websites and

In his hometown of London, Ben worked for The Observer, part of the Guardian Media Group, where he specialised in business, property and personal finance. He studied English Literature at Sheffield University in the UK.

Ben can be found tweeting here: @ben_flanagan