Khaleej Times (KT) is a daily English language newspaper published in United Arab Emirates. Launched on April 16, 1978, KT is the UAE's oldest and remains the country's longest running English daily.
Front page of 16 April 2018
Galadari Brothers Group|
Suhail Galadari (director)
|Publisher||Galadari Printing and Publishing|
|Founded||16 April 1978|
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. The founding team consisted to Mr. Muzammil Ahmed, Director, Mr M.J. Zahedi, Acting Editor, and Mr. Iqbal Noorie in charge of circulation. They were soon joined by Mr. Malcolm Payne, Editor.
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. The broadsheet comprises the general news section, City Times (lifestyle and entertainment), an accomplished Business section, a lively Sport section, the WKND magazine, and a Classifieds section (Buzzon). Khaleej Times is not audited and it is believed to print around 150,000 copies, making it one of the most popular English language newspapers in the Persian Gulf area. 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 7DAYS (Please note 7DAYS officially closed from 22-Dec-16), The National and Gulf News.
The Ipsos data in 2009 showed that the paper had a readership of 78.8%. The paper has an extremely strong digital footprint, and khaleejtimes.com 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.
As part of a restructuring process, Khaleej Times laid off up to 30 staff in restructure in late 2016.As part of the plan, Shishir Kapadia who used to be the finance head was elevated to the position of Senior Vice-President - Finance & Operations. Prior to joining Khaleej Times he used to with a construction company and has no experience of working in a media house. And Executive Editor Vicky Kapur took charge of the Editorial operations in mid-February 2018.
Under the earlier Senior Vice President’s leadership who had over two decades of media experience the company had launched an Events and Conferences division in 2017 in a strategic decision to diversify its operations from being a pure-play news platform to branching out into the lucrative B2B and B2C conference segment, leveraging its 40-year brand equity.
In July 2018, Khaleej Times introduced news service on WhatsApp (+971 54 586 0953), sending regular news updates every day to its subscribers.
Young Times, which Khaleej Times stopped publishing in 2008, was aimed at children and was a hugely 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 school kids.
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.
...welcomed warmly by Suhail Abdul Latif Galadari, Director of Galadari Brothers...