Rageh Omar Biography

Rageh Omar is a British journalist and writer of Somali origin who works for Al Jazeera English. Omar previously worked as a BBC foreign affairs journalist, where he created a good reputation for himself reporting from Iraq.

How old is Rageh Omar? – Age

Omar was born on 19 July 1967 in Mogadishu, Somalia. He is 54 years as of 2021.

Where did Rageh Omar go to school? – Education

Omar went to the Dragon School in Oxford and Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire for his education. He subsequently went on to study Modern History at New College, Oxford.

Rageh Omaar – Family

Omar Omaar was born in Mogadishu in 1967 to Abdullahi and Sahra Omaar. His dad was an accountant who went on to become a businessman, a Massey Ferguson tractor agent, the founder of Somalia’s first independent newspaper, and the guy who introduced Coca-Cola to the country. He is a Muslim, and his family is from Hargeisa. Omar comes from a notable family in the Sa’ad Musa sub-division of the Habr Awal Isaaq clan. When Omaar was two years old, he moved to the United Kingdom. Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar, his older brother, served as Somalia’s Foreign Minister.

Rageh Omaar Wife

Georgiana Rose “Nina” Montgomery-Cuninghame who is the daughter of Sir John Montgomery-Cuninghame of Corsehill, is Omar’s wife. The family lives in Chiswick, West London, with their three kids. Zachary, Sami, and Loula Omar are their kids.

Rageh Omar The Al jazeera journalist
Rageh Omar The Al jazeera journalist

What is Rageh Omar Salary?

His salary ranges from $99,000-$128,000.

Rageh Omar Net Worth

His net worth is $1.8 million.

Rageh Omar Career

Omar started his journalism career as a trainee at The Voice newspaper. He moved to Ethiopia in 1991 to serve as a freelance foreign reporter for the BBC World Service, principally for the BBC World Service. Omaar moved back to London a year later to work as a producer and broadcast journalist for the BBC. After being selected the BBC’s Africa reporter, he moved to South Africa. Omaar’s family resided there until 2004, and his frequent commuting made it very difficult at home. Live coverage of hostilities in Somalia and Iraq is among his career highlights.


He covered the Iraq invasion for the BBC’s weekday news bulletins and BBC News. Many of his newscasts were syndicated throughout the United States, earning him the moniker “Scud Stud.” Revolution Day is Omaar’s book about his time as the BBC’s Iraq correspondent. The book examines the effects of Saddam Hussein’s regime, UN sanctions, and the war on Iraqi civilians. Omaar explained his decision to leave the BBC by stating that he wanted to operate independently and take on assignments for people with whom he wanted to collaborate. Omar also claimed that the BBC’s working environment was somehow exclusive on a class basis, and that he was guilty of this to some extent.

Omaar has also showed sympathy for the manner he covered the invasion of Iraq during his time as a BBC journalist. He claimed that he and his colleagues focused on Saddam Hussein, his dictatorship, and weapons inspectors, but that the Iraqi people received little publicity. Omaar also remarked that “one didn’t press the most unpleasant buttons hard enough” and referred to the coverage as “a big echo chamber” in John Pilger’s documentary The War You Don’t See (2010).

Al Jazeera English

Omaar joined Al Jazeera English in September 2006. He worked for the London Division as a Middle Eastern correspondent. Omaar delivered the nightly weekday documentary series Witness during his employment with the news organization. ITV’s news

Omaar’s appointment as a special correspondent for ITV News was announced in January 2013. The following year, he was appointed to ITV News’ International Affairs Editor. Rageh has been a Deputy Newscaster for ITV News at Ten since October 2015, in addition to his duties as International Affairs Editor. Omaar has been presenting the ITV Lunchtime News, including the ITV News London Lunchtime Bulletin, and the ITV Evening News since September 2017.


Omaar won the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy award for best television journalist in 2003.

He also received the Arab Media Watch Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2008. In January 2014 and 2015, he was selected for the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards.

Other work (TV)

An Islamic History of Europe, TV documentary for BBC Four: August 2005
The Miracles of Jesus, a TV documentary for BBC One, begins on August 6, 2006.
TV documentary, BBC Four (Feb 2007).
Rageh Inside Iran, a TV documentary for BBC Four (Feb 2007).
Islam in America, TV documentary for Al Jazeera English, October 2008.
Immigration: The Inconvenient Truth, a three-part Channel 4 Dispatches documentary on how immigration has affected Britain, using Enoch Powell’s 1968 Rivers of Blood speech as a starting point (7 to 21 April 2008).
The Vicar of Baghdad, TV documentary ITV1 (2008)
Pakistan’s War. TV documentary for Al Jazeera English (Mid-Winter Production 2008/09)
Iran Season, TV documentary for Al Jazeera English: January 2009
Race and Intelligence: Science’s last taboo. October 2009. TV documentary for Channel 4: October 2009.
The Life of Muhammad. BBC 2 -This is a three-part series, which had its first showing on 11 July 2011 on BBC Two from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The final edition of the series was on 25 July, on BBC 2 9 -10 pm. People on the program included Karen Armstrong.
Panorama-Ivory Wars: Out of Africa, TV current affairs documentary BBC1: April 12, 2012.
The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors, BBC2, September 2013
Revolution Day: The Real Story of the Battle for Iraq, Penguin Books (2005), ISBN 0-14-101716-3
Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain, Viking (2006), ISBN 0-670-91509-2
The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors (region 2)

Rageh Omaar is a British journalist and writer of Somali origin who works for Al Jazeera English. He formerly worked as a BBC foreign affairs journalist, where he created a reputation for himself reporting from Iraq.

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