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Al-Ittihad (Emirati newspaper)

TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherAl Ittihad Press and Publishing Corporation
Founded20 October 1969; 54 years ago (1969-10-20)
Circulation109,640 (2013)
Sister newspapersThe National
WebsiteAl Ittihad

Al-Ittihad (Arabic: الإتحاد, lit.'The Union')[1] is an Arabic language newspaper published daily in the United Arab Emirates. It is part of the Abu Dhabi Media group, a state-owned organization.[2] The paper is the first regular publication of the country.[3]

History and profile

Al-Ittihad was launched as a 12-page weekly publication with a distribution of 5,500 copies. It started as a weekly publication as there was no local printing press and the papers were produced in Beirut and shipped. It was distributed free local newspaper to stand in the face of competition from newspapers, mainly from other Arab countries. The first issue of Al Ittihad appeared on 20 October 1969.[4] The publisher is Al Ittihad Press and Publishing Corporation which also publishes English daily the National.[5][6]

The estimated circulation of the daily in 2003 was 58,000 copies, making it the second after Al Khaleej in the country.[1] Its 2006 circulation was 94,275 copies,[7] while it was 76,000 in 2008.[6] The Ipsos data in 2009 showed that the paper had a readership of 59.3%.[8] The paper's online version was the 24th most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[9] The circulation of the daily during the first half of 2013 was 109,640 copies.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b William A. Rugh (2004). Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 61, 64. ISBN 978-0-275-98212-6.
  2. ^ "Al Ittihad". The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative. 2019.
  3. ^ Krishnamurthy Sriramesh; Dejan Vercic (2012). The Global Public Relations Handbook, Revised Edition. Routledge. p. 372. ISBN 978-1-135-84554-4.
  4. ^ Barrie Gunter; Roger Dickinson (2013). News Media in the Arab World: A Study of 10 Arab and Muslim Countries. A&C Black. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-4411-0239-3.
  5. ^ Anantha S. Babbili; Sarwat Hussain (1994). "United Arab Emirates". In Yahya R. Kamalipour; Hamid Mowlana (eds.). Mass Media in the Middle East:A Comprehensive Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 297. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b The Report: Abu Dhabi 2009. Oxford Business Group. 2009. p. 209. ISBN 978-1-907065-04-0.
  7. ^ "UAE" (PDF). Publicitas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  8. ^ "UAE Media Sustainability Index" (PDF). IREX. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  10. ^ "List of represented titles" (PDF). Publicitas International AG. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
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