Khaleej Times

Khaleej Times
Front page of 16 April 2018
Type Daily
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Galadari Brothers Group
Suhail Galadari (director)[1]
Publisher Galadari Printing and Publishing
Founded 16 April 1978 (1978-04-16)
Language English
OCLC number 60637427

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

History and profile

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 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.[5] 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 35,000 copies. 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.[8]

The Ipsos data in 2009 showed that the paper had a readership of 78.8%.[9] The paper has an extremely 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.[10]

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 made Senior Vice-President - Finance & Operations. Prior to joining Khaleej Times he used to with a construction company and has no prior 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.

Additional publications

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. With print advertising falling, the weekly magazines has been struggling to get any ads.

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 2018-07-01.
  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. 1 2 Peyman Pejman (Winter 2009). "English newspapers in the United Arab Emirates: Navigating the crowded market". Arab Media and Society (7).
  6. Anantha S. Babbili; Sarwat Hussain (1994). "United Arab Emirates". In Yahya R. Kamalipour; Hamid Mowlana. 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. Hope, Bradley (7 September 2008). "The 30-year-old Khaleej Times is on a recruiting drive". The National. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  9. "UAE Media Sustainability Index" (PDF). IREX. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  10. "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
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