A partnership between the Dawn Group of Companies, UAE government and the Galadari Brothers 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 staff of the paper are mostly Indian and Pakistani journalists. The broadsheet comprises the general news section, the business pages and a lively sports section. 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), UAE WEEKEND Magazine",The National and Gulf News.
As a restructuring process Khaleej Times laid off up to 30 staff in restructure in 2017 and now is on an aggressive growth plan. As part of the plan, a very senior media professional has been identified to take over the reins of the group. It is rumored that media expert and well respected publishing professional Ravi Raman will take over Khaleej Times as the CEO. Ravi Raman is presently the Associate Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East edition, which he launched in 2014. Prior to which he was instrumental in launching the Qatar edition of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. In his career spanning over 20 years he has been associated with world class media brands like India Today, The Telegraph & the India edition of MSN.com. He is expected to take over by the end of April 2017. http://campaignme.com/2016/11/07/111503/khaleej-times-lays-off-30-staff-restructure/
The Classified 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 its print paper.
Khaleej Times Supplement also publishes special pages upon the national days of the nations such as UAE, Pakistan, India.
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