About Us

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We are Qatar’s first digital news service.

Since 2009, Doha News has been covering breaking news, politics, business, culture and life in and around Qatar.

We’re a local start-up staffed by a small but versatile team of professional journalists, who’ve worked for Al Jazeera English, the BBC and the Wall Street Journal.

Originally launched as a news service on Twitter, @dohanews was met with an audience hungry for more, and Doha News expanded into a daily news website offering high quality real-time news in Qatar.

Our mission is to educate, inform, and engage the people of Qatar – and stimulate positive change in the community. Our stories are the perfect mix of curated and original content, professionally written and edited to meet the highest standards of journalism.

We’ve been recognized by:

The New York Times
The New York Times
Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
BBC News
BBC News
The Guardian
The Guardian
CNN
CNN
The Telegraph
The Telegraph
TIME
TIME
Financial Times
Financial Times
The Washington Post
The Washington Post
Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy
BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed
The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post
Global Voices
Global Voices
Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report
The National
The National
Gulf News
Gulf News
Arabian Business
Arabian Business
Gulf Times
Gulf Times
The Peninsula
The Peninsula
Qatar Tribune
Qatar Tribune


Meet the Team

Doha News is founded and edited by Omar Chatriwala and Shabina Khatri, and supported by a robust community of thousands of contributors, followers & subscribers.

Omar Chatriwala
Omar Chatriwala
Co-founder and Publisher
Omar Chatriwala is the publisher of Doha News. He previously worked as a journalist and editor at Al Jazeera English, as an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University in Qatar, as a digital content consultant for the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and holds a bachelors of journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Shabina Khatri
Shabina Khatri
Co-founder and Executive Editor
Shabina Khatri is the Executive Editor at Doha News. An American journalist who previously worked for the Detroit Free Press and the Wall Street Journal, she has written for the New York Times, Al Jazeera English, The Huffington Post, and served as an adjunct lecturer in journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar.
Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott
Assistant Editor
Victoria Scott is Assistant Editor of Doha News. Before moving to Qatar in 2009, she was a broadcast journalist for BBC News. She's also worked for Al Jazeera, Reuters and The Telegraph. She has a postgraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London.
Peter Kovessy
Peter Kovessy
Journalist
Peter Kovessy is a reporter with Doha News. Prior to moving to Qatar in 2013, he was the editor of the Ottawa Business Journal in Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University.
Fahad Qureshi
Fahad Qureshi
Business Development
Fahad Qureshi leads business development at Doha News. An investment banker by background, he moved to Doha in 2008 from Chicago, and has a number of start-up ventures here. He holds a bachelors of science in accounting and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is pursuing his MBA from Duke University.
Anas Halbawi
Anas Halbawi
Web & Mobile App Development
Anas Halbawi leads the charge on web and mobile app development for Doha News. He holds a bachelors in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar,
Ankita Menon
Ankita Menon
Editorial Assistant
Ankita Menon is an editorial assistant at Doha News.


Endorsements

“I am a supporter of Doha News. I support their mission as journalists, and I believe in what they are doing.”

 Al Anstey, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, October 2012.

“The easiest way to keep abreast of the news pertaining to Qatar and the region on a daily basis is to follow Doha News on Twitter. With close to 6,000 followers (and growing), @dohanews is our pick this month.”

– Qatar Today magazine, October 2011.

“A website that pulls the best of whatever the media is saying in or about Qatar every day. In an easy-to-follow blog format, the site has links to the actual stories where possible, and regularly posts interesting and beautiful photos of the country taken by locals and grabbed from their Flickr group of the same name.

Started on Twitter in 2009, it’s quickly expanded, and has a lively comments section. You can also submit your own stories, making it a truly community-generated news source. And while there are handy summaries and pull-out quotes (for the time strapped), they almost always link back to the places to go to find out more information.”

– Time Out Doha, Doha’s best websites, August 2011.

“Basically, I have worked out there is one person I have to follow to find everything of any possible interest in Qatar, and that is DohaNews. I don’t know how she does it, but every interesting news item, blog post and forum discussion is covered on her feed, while all the boring stuff is cut out.”

– James Dunworth, editor of QatarVisitor.com, November 2009.

Praise for coverage of the Villaggio Fire

“It is Doha News… that has rightly received universal praise for its comprehensive coverage. Truly they have put all other news organisations however big or small to shame.”

David Roberts, Deputy Director of the Royal United Services Institute – Qatar

“For the most objective, unbiased and thorough coverage of this incident I have to commend the team at … Doha News for their stellar coverage of this incident.”

Miles Masterson, Editor of The EDGE Magazine

“As the news of the fire at Villaggio spread across the city… independent online media initiative Dohanews became the first to break the news. Pictures of smoke billowing from Villaggio were posted online by visitors who were present inside the mall.”

Azmat Haroon, Reporter for The Peninsula newspaper

@dohanews is doing a great job on the#VillaggioFire story. Suggest you follow their twitfeed or website http://dohanews.co/  if interested”

– Kamahl Santamaria‏, News anchor at Al Jazeera English

@dohanews only source with real info on #VillaggioFire. Huge lack of local media coverage after public safety failure in massive mall blaze.”

Ben Piven, Online producer at Al Jazeera English


“As news of the blaze swept across town… online media led the coverage. Local website Doha News won plaudits for its speedy and accurate reporting on the day.”

Stephanie Hancock, BBC News

“As the mainstream media took time to reveal the extent of the damages, Doha News website was the only media to inform people living in Doha.”

The Doha Centre for Media Freedom

@Shabinakhatri and @dohanews brought real local journalism to #Doha. Thank you for today.”

Khalid Al Baih, Qatar-based political cartoonist

“Seriously impressed by @dohanews and others who have tried to bring clarity amidst confusion and grief.”

Peter Townson, Reporter for the Gulf Times

@Dohanews Thank you for all your updates & excellent reporting these past few days. What would we have done without you?#VillaggioFire

Lisa Travell, Deputy Editor of Ohlala! magazine

“With smoke rising from a shopping mall and nearby streets closed, people in Doha wanted answers. They watched the story develop through the lens of a website created by two American journalists who have built a news site there.”

Joe Grimm, Freedom Forum Diversity Institute