by: JCF • 139
Kuwait Times is the first daily newspaper in the Gulf region. Founded by Yousuf Saleh Alyan in September 1961. Forty pages English language broadsheet. Provides news, analysis and features on local and international issues. Over four decades ago, a dream became reality when one man had a ‘vision with focus’. Inspired by the need for accurate information, he established the first English language newspaper in the Arab Gulf. By doing so, Yousuf Saleh Alyan wanted to strengthen the bonds of unity between his fellow countrymen and the rest of the Arab world. An English-language newspaper, reputable and reliable, would be the perfect mechanism for bridging the communication gap with the rest of the world. Kuwait Times has never looked back. It has grown to ensure that citizens and expatriates alike know what is happening in Kuwait and the rest of the world. The Arab media was still in its infancy Today, it continues unflaggingly to perform this service. Diversity for a diverse readership Kuwait Times communicated with the country’s burgeoning communities by becoming the country’s only multilingual newspaper, publishing in English, Urdu, Malayalam and Tagalog. A separate 16-page daily insert provides thorough coverage of the Indian and Pakistani communities in Kuwait and political and economic events shaping South Asia. The weekly Filipino Panorama pages highlight the activities and contributions of the Filipino community in To succeed, newspapers like civilisations, must evolve. In the latest leap in Kuwait Times’ evolution, the newspaper introduced April 1st, 2005 the first ever tabloid in Kuwait, Friday Times. Now an 80-page weekly, The Friday Times is the brainchild of Editor-in-Chief Abd Al-Rahman Alyan. Seeing the need to provide continuity to Kuwait’s English-language readers, Abd Al-Rahman decided to make the newspaper a true daily by offering readers seven-days-a-week coverage, thus making Kuwait Times the only English paper to publish daily. A first for Kuwait, the Friday Times provides an exciting mix of local commentary, news, opinion and analyses. Filled with colour pages showcasing interesting features about culture, technology, society and entertainment, Friday Times provides a relaxing read for the weekend. From Abd Al-Rahman’s weekly commentary ‘From The Editor’s Desk’ to attention-grabbing centrefold features, Friday Times takes the key issues and events of the week and examines them in depth. An innovative idea, the Friday Times is reshaping the face of Kuwait’s newspaper industry. Friday Times carries forward the heritage and traditions of its parent, the Kuwait Times by providing a forum for debate and discourse on everything from expatriate labour laws to the business and investment environment. It embodies the ideals of innovation and creativity, encouraging and inspiring the evolution that keeps Kuwait Times and the Friday Times connected to and loved by Kuwaitis and expatriates alike.