Shuaib was born in Yemen’s famously beautiful Ibb province to conservative but forward-looking parents. Under the advice of his father, Shuaib moved to Sana’a in 2004 to study English and pursue a career in journalism.
After spending a few years freelancing for Yemeni publications, Shuaib joined the Yemen Observer in 2008 and was made editor-in-chief of the newspaper in January of 2012.
As a freelancer, Shuaib’s works has appeared in several publications including the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, the Independent, BuzzFeed, and Inter Press Service. Shuaib has also appeared on the BBC World Service and YLE radio and television.