Asma Ali Zain

*Journalist *Writer *Storyteller *Editor

United Arab Emirates

• Journalist with over 20 years of experience in the UAE and Middle East covering hard news, breaking news, writing features, opinion pieces, analysis, editing, and proofreading for print media as well as telling audio/visual stories in the digital space in a wide range of topics

• Analyst who is well versed in political and social affairs of the UAE and the GCC region with extended knowledge of the political scenario in Pakistan

• Team Leader who guided a team of 12 news reporters in Dubai and other emirates as City Editor

• Storyteller focused on human stories through the lens of a YouTube channel

Arab News
A dad, a dhow and a dream: Emirati sets sail for Karachi in record-breaking boat

DUBAI: The world's largest dhow, Obaid, will soon set sail from Dubai, UAE for the Pakistani port of Karachi, as an Emirati man looks to fulfill his late father's dream. The dhow, named after Emirati shipbuilder Obaid Jumaa bin Majid Al-Falasi, was certified by the Guinness World Records on Wednesday as the biggest traditional, lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel.

Khaleej Times
Fertility rates among women decline in UAE

The fertility rate for Emirati women in the age group 15-49 years in 2017 was 3.8 per woman. Birth rates in Dubai have been declining over the years with the lowest fertility rate over the past eight years standing at 2.8 children per woman in 2017.

Khaleej Times
Nawaz Sharif steps down: How KT is part of historic decision

Khaleej Times story put to rest any doubts about the veracity of Sharif's employment in UAE Pakistan's Supreme Court has announced a historic verdict and disqualified the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after a week-long deliberation on Friday. A spokesman for Sharif says he has stepped down despite having reservations about the court order that disqualified him from serving.

Khaleej Times
Why water is halal-certified in some countries

The halal question is very pertinent to Muslims, wherever they are in the world. For the past few days, Oreo cookies being halal or not had set social media on fire - but the debate has now spilled over to whether water is halal or not.

Khaleej Times
E-cigarettes could be legal in UAE, but are they healthy?

Parents of teenagers express concerns over legalising e-cigarettes Legalising of e-cigarettes may encourage more youngsters to take up vaping even while health authorities last month issued a warning that it may lead to seizures and fits. Medical experts said that children are vulnerable to succumbing to peer pressure and risk damaging their long-term health, even as the impact of vaping is yet unknown.