Gulf Daily News

The Gulf Daily News (GDN) is an English-language local newspaper published in the Kingdom of Bahrain by Al Hilal Group. The paper, which is one of six daily newspapers in Bahrain, calls itself "The Voice of Bahrain". Al Hilal Group publishes 13 other newspapers and magazines,[citation needed] including the local Arabic language newspaper Akhbar Al Khaleej.

The Gulf Daily News
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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Al Hilal Group
PublisherAl Hilal Group
Editor-in-chiefAnwar Abdulrahman
Associate editorAndrews Victor[1]
Managing editorStanley Szecowka[1]
HeadquartersManama, Bahrain
Circulation11,500[citation needed]
Readership200,000[citation needed]


The Gulf Daily News was the first daily English newspaper to be published in Bahrain. It was founded in March 1978 by the Al Hilal Group, which is also the publisher.[2] The group also publishes Akhbar Al Khaleej, an Arabic daily.[2]

Until the publishing of Bahrain Tribune, the paper was Bahrain's only English newspaper. The paper was created to provide news to the English-speaking residents of Bahrain, consisting mainly of British, Americans, Filipinos, Indians and Pakistanis. The staff are a mixture of Bahrainis, British, Filipinos and Indians.

Traditionally, the Gulf Daily News is a pro-government publication, despite its largely balanced coverage of domestic affairs following political reforms instigated after 2001.[citation needed] Its staff includes both Sunni and Shia Muslims, while other faiths represented in its workforce include Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs.[citation needed]

The newspaper is currently owned by the Al Hilal Group. The paper is based in Bahrain with its editorial offices located at Isa Town and commercial offices in Exhibition Road.

The newspaper has a paid daily circulation[when?] of 11,500 copies.[citation needed] News content is primarily local, political and social news, but the paper also features international business and social news deemed to be of interest to its readership.

In addition, the GDN has a monthly online readership[when?] of more than 200,000,[citation needed]

A revamped website of the Gulf Daily News was launched in June 2015. The website also caters to the people of GCC countries including UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While the readers have to pay for the local Bahrain content, other sections are free to access.

In 2020, the newspaper launched a social media platform[clarification needed], focused primarily at providing a publishing platform for its local readership.


Reporters for the GDN currently include Mohammed Al A'ali (Bahraini), Sandeep Singh Grewal (Indian), Raji Unnikrishnan (Indian), Avinash Saxena (Indian), Reem Al Daaysi (Bahraini) and Naman Arora (Canadian).[citation needed]

Notable past journalists include Arthur Macdonald (Scottish), Mandeep Singh (Indian), Indira Chand (Indian), Reem Antoon (Iraqi), Colin Young (British), Robert Smith (British), Amira Al Husseini (Bahraini), Eunice Del Rosario (Filipino), Sara Wickham (British), Tariq Khonji (Bahraini), Soman Baby (Indian), Noor Toorani (Bahraini), David Fox (Zimbabwean) and Mohammed Mohsen (Bahraini).[citation needed]

Reporters who have since died include Les Horton (British), Richard Moore (American), Vinitha Vishwanath (Indian), Sanjay Santiago (Indian)[3] and Mohammed Aslam (Bahraini).

The newspaper has several columnists who write regularly about local issues.


The paper has a page size of 36 cm x 26 cm and a column width of 3.45 cm with 7 columns per page. It is printed via Web Offset and has a 100 lpi (Black & White and colour) screen

The newspaper is organized in four sections:


  1. ^ a b "Bahrain News: Seasoned journalists take on key roles". Gulf Daily News.
  2. ^ a b Omran Salman (2 November 2006). "Dissent and Reform in Bahrain: Challenging Government Control of Media" (PDF). American Enterprise Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Ex-GDN journalist Sanjay Santiago dies". Gulf Daily News. 20 May 2012. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012.

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