Khaleej Times

Khaleej Times is a daily English language newspaper published in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[2][3][4] Launched on April 16, 1978, Khaleej Times is the UAE's longest running English daily newspaper.[5]

Khaleej Times
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Front page of 16 April 2018
Owner(s)Galadari Brothers Group
Suhail Galadari (director)[1]
PublisherGaladari Printing and Publishing
Founded16 April 1978; 42 years ago (1978-04-16)
OCLC number60637427

History and profileEdit

A partnership between the UAE government, the Galadari Brothers and the Dawn Group of Companies began publishing the daily on 16 April 1978, making it the first English daily in the UAE.[6][7] The founding team consisted of Mahmoud Haroon, Muzammil Ahmed, M.J. Zahedi, Malcolm Payne (the first editor-in-chief) and Iqbal Noorie (in charge of circulation). They were soon joined by Patrick Heyland who was in charge of advertising and promotion.[8]

The Editorial staff of the paper includes multiple nationalities, mostly from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), but also local Emiratis, other Arabs (notably Egyptians, Syrians and Jordanians), Lebanese, Mexicans, British, Americans and Filipinos.[5] The broadsheet comprises the general news section, City Times (lifestyle and entertainment), a business section, a sports section, the WKND magazine, and a classifieds section (Buzzon). Khaleej Times is not audited and it is believed to print around 49,000 copies.[citation needed] Additionally, it covers Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia through a dedicated distribution network. The newspaper also consists of Special Reports and Supplements which allow for community advertisements and other services. Its main competitors are The National,[9] Gulf News and, formerly, 7days, which closed in December 2016.[10]

The Ipsos data in 2009 showed that the paper had a readership of 78.8%.[11] The paper has a strong digital footprint, and ranked as No. 15th most popular website in the UAE on June 20, 2018 (Alexa data), ahead of its competitors (none of which was ranked in Top 20 as of June 20, 2018). The online version was the 21st mostly visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[12]

As part of restructuring, Khaleej Times laid off up to 30 staff in late 2016. It has been firing staff ever since to offset losses. The newspaper's pages have been reduced to less than half of what it was.[citation needed]

In July 2018, Khaleej Times introduced a free news subscription service on WhatsApp, sending regular news updates every day to its subscribers.[13]

Additional publicationsEdit

Young Times, which Khaleej Times stopped publishing in 2008, was aimed at children and was a popular magazine among the target age-group. The publishing house relaunched Young Times on January 10, 2018, after a break of over 9 years. The magazine targets 9–14 year-old children.

KT Buzzon is a separate tabloid of 28 to 32 pages published daily along with the Khaleej Times main paper. It carries local advertisements about cars, real estate, recruitment, educational services and matrimonial announcements.

WKND Magazine, is published on Fridays along with the broadsheet, discusses a range of topics that are of interest to men, women and children. Stories are balanced between topics and themes of local interest and international relevance.

Khaleej Times Online is the global face of the newspaper on the internet. The online version offers additional stories and exclusives not found in the print version.

Khaleej Times Spotlight also publishes special supplements, including on the national days of countries including UAE, Pakistan and India.


  1. ^ "Shining through". Khaleej Times Magazine. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. ...welcomed warmly by Suhail Abdul Latif Galadari, Director of Galadari Brothers...
  2. ^ Kapur, Vicky. "KT@40: Celebrating four decades of togetherness". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ Reinisch, Lisa. "Environmental Journalism in the UAE" (PDF). Arab Media & Society. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ Ibrahim Al Abed; Peter Hellyer; Peter Vine (2006). United Arab Emirates Yearboook 2006. Trident Press Ltd. p. 264. ISBN 978-1-905486-05-2. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b Pejman, Peyman (Winter 2009). "English newspapers in the United Arab Emirates: Navigating the crowded market". Arab Media and Society (7). Archived from the original on 15 March 2009.
  6. ^ Anantha S. Babbili; Sarwat Hussain (1994). "United Arab Emirates". In Yahya R. Kamalipour; Hamid Mowlana (ed.). Mass Media in the Middle East:A Comprehensive Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 299. Retrieved 27 September 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  7. ^ The Report: Dubai 2007. Oxford Business Group. 2007. p. 211. ISBN 978-1-902339-77-1. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  8. ^ Payne, Malcolm (16 April 1983). "A newspaper is like many other businesses but is very different in a number of ways". Khaleej Times. Archived from the original on 26 December 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  9. ^ Hope, Bradley (7 September 2008). "The 30-year-old Khaleej Times is on a recruiting drive". The National. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  10. ^ "UAE newspaper 7Days closes down". Gulf Business. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  11. ^ "UAE Media Sustainability Index" (PDF). IREX. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  13. ^ "How to sign up for Khaleej Times alerts on WhatsApp". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 26 December 2019.

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