||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Al-Khaleej means “the Gulf” and is a newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its headquarters are in Sharjah, the third largest emirate in the country and close neighbor to Dubai. Al-Khaleej was founded in 1970, one year before the UAE gained its independence. The paper is published by Dar Al-Khaleej, a publishing company that struggled hard to survive during its first years. Al-Khaleej was therefore stopped between 1972 and 1980. In 1996, Dar Al-Khaleej also launched The Gulf Today, Sharjah’s first English-language newspaper.
Al-Khaleej is one of the most popular Arabic dailies in the UAE. Along with Lebanon and Egypt, the UAE is a regional media hub. Since a large majority of the country’s residents are non-Emiratis, English-language media has a large readership. Although the constitution provides for freedom of speech, content is subject to political and regulatory control. Newspapers noticeably lack negative reporting on the government and the ruling families of the different emirates.