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Dalia Abdel Salam is the Chief Editor of Nature Middle East magazine. Her primary mission has been to transition the magazine from its previous emphasis on English content with occasional articles translated into Arabic, into a publication that predominantly offers Arabic content. The magazine now features translations from Arabic to English and includes selected articles produced in English.

Dalia has an extensive background in journalism and specialized scientific editing, with nearly 23 years of experience working on environmental issues at Al-Ahram Hebdo Newspaper. She has also served as the Chief Editor for the Arabic edition of Scientific American magazine, dedicating six years to providing coverage of significant research published in leading scientific journals, thereby building a substantial readership.

Dalia pursued studies in the French language at Ain Shams University's Faculty of Alsun and completed a specialized journalism training program at the French Cultural Center. Her commitment to professional growth led her to participate in numerous specialized journalism training workshops focused on environmental journalism, conducted in Egypt, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, and other countries. She has actively contributed to several environmental projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the European Union. Dalia represented the Egyptian press in one of the shared vision projects of the Nile Basin initiative. Alongside her colleague Nadia El Awady, former Chief Editor for Nature Middle East, she assumed the role of co-chair at the Seventh International Conference of Science Journalists in Doha.

Beyond her career in journalism and media, Dalia cultivates her passion for singing as a hobby. She is a member of an amateur singing group dedicated to preserving the heritage of Arabic songs in various forms. She has also ventured into performing solo singing concerts. Dalia's love for travel, exploration of new horizons, and her pursuit of new skills, including learning the Italian language and playing the guitar, are testaments to her diverse interests.

The site

The Arab world has a rich history of scientific enquiry. During the Golden Age of Science, the region built on texts from the neighbouring regions of Greece, Persia and India, to achieve great discoveries and inventions in areas such as algebra, optics, medicine and astronomy. Arabic was the language of science for more than 500 years. Arabic scholarship was translated into Latin, feeding back into neighbouring regions to lay the foundations for the European enlightenment and modern Western science.

Nature Middle East was launched with an understanding of the potential of the Arab world to once again be an important centre of science. It covers a diverse group of 18 nations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Nature Middle East recognizes the contribution of different peoples working together, united by a common language.

Nature Middle East is a comprehensive portal for information on scientific and medical research in the Arabic-speaking Middle East, the research community and its activities. It has a broad scope that caters for scientific and medical researchers at all levels, from students to post-doctoral fellows to principal investigators.


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