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Gulf News No. 1 English online paper in Mena

New Forbes list is based on content and number of followers

  • By Samia Badih, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 October 28, 2010
  • Gulf News

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  • Gulf News is ranked number one among the English-language online newspapers in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region and in the UAE.
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Dubai: Gulf News is ranked number one among the English-language online newspapers in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region and in the UAE.

The compiled list is based on the newspapers' presence online, their content and the number of followers they generate.

Gulf News ranks seventh overall on the Forbes Middle East list of Top 50 Newspapers Online for 2010 in the Mena region.

The newspaper launched its website in 1996. It started the process of convergence in its newsroom to allow multi-platform publishing in 2008. Today, the website focuses heavily on multimedia and breaking news online.

Editor-in-Chief of Gulf News Abdul Hamid Ahmad expressed his pride in his team's accomplishment, but described the current ranking as an incentive to work harder in the future.

"It's very clear that we're the top English newspaper online and that's our achievement," he said.

"But this is not enough. This is an incentive to move forward and do more."

"It's a challenge for us to strive even higher on the list," said Brian Buchanan, portal editor at Gulf News.

He said that people are starting to recognise that Gulf News is strong in breaking news and is an important place to go to for detailed information when the good and bad happens.

Making the top of the list was Al Youm Al Sabea from Egypt. Other UAE-based newspapers on the list were Khaleej Times, Emarat Al Youm and Al Ittihad. The list was announced last night at the launch of Forbes Middle East, Arabic version of the US-based Forbes magazine.

Dr Nasser Al Tayyar, President of Arab Publisher House, and Robert Forbes, Vice-President of Forbes, presented an award to the top 10 newspapers online in the Mena region. This ranking was the first of its kind for the region. Forbes Middle East said it compiled the list according to the Forbes methodology of scientific research.

Top-50 online newspapers in Mena

Comments (6)

  1. Added 15:30 October 28, 2010

    Congratulations! I know how strongly you felt about such great achievement. You are a good example of how commitment and hard work pay off. This honor indicates a promising future in journalism and public service. We wish you the very best. May your future efforts be equally successful and rewarding.

    Katherine, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:47 October 28, 2010

    Congratulations to GN team members !!

    SHAMSUL HUDA, DHAKA, Bangladesh

  3. Added 13:12 October 28, 2010

    A very warm and heartiest congratulations to gulfnews on standing head high with #1 in UAE and other countries! What makes it very popular is bringing all the facts meticulously arranged before the readers, thats a feat! We dont feel uncomfortable while reading the news all the times ,eyes never get tired. Hope the newspaper will stand there forever.I also wish other newspapers to follow gulfnews style.

    Ikramuddin Akbar, Karachi, Pakistan

  4. Added 10:37 October 28, 2010

    I totally agree....eventhough we get newspaper daily i still read it online...its like an addiction..I congragulate Gulf News for this achievment and hope there news will always top and have more followers Inshallah.....

    Syeda Nasreen Ali Khan, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:11 October 28, 2010

    congratulations! not being cynical, but does help if the largest english speaking population with access to internet is in the UAE! Hoping to see Gulf News as number 1, irrespective of language

    Aslambhai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 09:57 October 28, 2010

    Big Up.Continue in your excellent work.

    Donald, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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