Al Riyadh (newspaper)

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Al Riyadh
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Al Yamamah Press Establishment
PublisherAl Yamamah Press Establishment
Editor-in-chiefTurki Al Sudairi
Associate editorYousuf Al Kuwailit[1]
Managing editorsNawal Al Rashed (for women section)[2]
Founded11 May 1965; 55 years ago (1965-05-11)
Political alignmentPro-government
Circulation150,000 (2007)
OCLC number12593490
WebsiteArabic website
English website

Al Riyadh (in Arabic الرياض) is a Riyadh-based, pro-government Saudi daily newspaper. Its sister paper was Riyadh Daily that was disestablished on 1 January 2004.[3] Al Riyadh is one of the dominant papers in Nejd.[4]

History and ownership

Al Riyadh is the first daily newspaper that was published in Arabic in Riyadh.[5] Its first issue was published on 11 May 1965 with a limited number of pages.[6] Later, it became a daily publication with 52 pages, 32 pages of which were colored pages.[6] Its current issues are with 80-100 pages.[5][6] The paper is published in broadsheet format.[7]

Al Riyadh is also pioneer in other aspects. It is the first Saudi paper that included caricatures which were drawn by Ali Kharjy, a then-leading caricaturist. It is argued that Al Riyadh gained popularity among the public due to these caricatures at the end of the 1960s.[8] Al Riyadh is also the first Saudi newspaper to open a women's bureau.[9]

Al Riyadh is owned and published by Al Yamamah Press Establishment.[7] The company is also the publisher of weekly magazine Al Yamamah.[6][10]

Political approach

Al Riyadh is officially independent because it is being published by a private company.[11][12] However, the World Association of Newspapers considered the paper to be under the direct influence of the then Crown Prince Salman.[11] The association also regards Al Riyadh as a semi-official newspaper.[11] It is further argued that the paper presents relatively conservative attitude and praises House of Saud as many of the other Saudi daily papers.[13] Although Al Riyadh is usually regarded as a pro-government newspaper, it expresses relatively liberal views. Additionally, it publishes very influential editorials, if one wants to have good insight into what the Saudi official view on different matters.[14]


Al Riyadh employs the following news feeds: AFP Arabic, AFP Sports, AP, DPA Arabic, GPA Arabic, Kuwait News Agency Arabic, MENA Arabic, QNA Arabic, Saudi Press Agency Arabic, Reuters Arabic, Reuters Photos, Reuters Graphics, RSS news, and full-body feeds from PR Newswire, GNN Network and CCN Matthews.[15] The paper heavily covers the news regarding political, social, religious, economic and cultural events. It also provides its readers with sports news.[8]

Turki Al Sudairi, the chief editor of the paper, argued in December 2011 that Iran was much more dangerous threat for Saudi Arabia than Israel, since the latter's enmity is limited to Palestinians.[1] On 23 March 2012 Yousuf Al Kuwailit, the associate editor of Al Riyadh, questioned the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov's stance concerning Syrian uprising and stated that Lavrov did not seem to be aware of the fact that Sunnis are the majority in Syria. Al Kuwailit further claimed that Lavrov had sided with the devil in this regard.[16]

In March 2013, the then Lebanese foreign minister Adnan Mansour publicly argued that the Arab League should reinstate Syria's membership.[17] After this declaration, Al Riyadh described Mansour as "the foreign minister of the terrorist Amal Movement," due to Mansour's close relations with the Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, who is also the leader of the Amal.[17] The daily further claimed that Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, is "a terrorist".[17]


Al Riyadh is regarded as one of the major daily newspapers published in Saudi Arabia. The others are Al Watan, Al Madina and Al Jazirah.[13] Al Riyadh competed with Al Jazirah for influence in Najd and each claimed to be a larger and more influential paper than the other at the beginning of the 1990s.[9]

Al Riyadh is described as one of the most respected dailies for local and regional news.[18] Since the paper is edited and published in Riyadh, its target population is government officials, military officials, professionals, academics, businesspeople.[8]

Prominent columnists

The chief editor of the paper is Turki Al Sudairi and has been for a long time.[6][9] He is considered to be the most influential newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia.[19] He is also regarded as a pro-government editor.[20] Al Sudairi has been the chairman of the Saudi Journalists Association (SJA) for a long time, and he was elected again for the post on 17 May 2012.[2]

Sultan Al Bazie who is the executive vice president of International Public Relations Association-Gulf Chapter (IPRA GC) and co-founder CEO of Attariq Communications was formerly a reporter and managing editor for Al Riyadh.[21] Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Uqaili who was the deputy chief of Royal Protocol formerly served at the paper's political desk.[22]

Circulation and offices

The estimated circulation of Al Riyadh during the early 1990s was between 100,000 and 120,000 copies.[9] In 2001 the paper had a circulation of 121,000 copies, being the third best selling Saudi newspaper.[23] As for 2002, its estimated circulation was 91,000 copies.[24] The estimated circulation of the daily in 2003 was 170,000 copies, making it the largest newspaper in the country.[25] Arab Reform Bulletin gives its 2004 circulation as 170,000.[26] Its 2006 and 2007 circulations were reported to be 150,000 copies.[7][11] Global Investment House reported that Al Riyadh's 2009 market share is about 8.3%.[18]

The paper has a very impressive website, where readers can comment on articles.[14] The website won the digital excellence award in the second rank after Al Jazirah by the Saudi ministry of Communications and Information Technology in 2007.[27]

Al Riyadh has also an English-website which was the seventh top on-line newspaper among the fifty English-language online newspapers in the MENA region in 2010.[28] In 2011, it was again among top ten online newspapers, keeping its rank as the seventh.[29]

The paper's Arabic online version was the fifth most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[30] In 2012, it was again ranked to be the fifth in the MENA region by Forbes Middle East with 123.9 million hits.[31][32]

Al Riyadh has offices in many Saudi cities in addition to its editorial offices in Cairo and Beirut.[15]

See also


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