Al-Watan (Kuwait)

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Al Watan
Type Daily
Publisher Al Watan publishing house
Editor-in-chief Khalifa Al Ali Al Sabah
Associate editor Waleed Al Jasem
Founded 17 January 1974; 40 years ago (1974-01-17)
Language Arabic
Circulation 100,000 (2006)
Website Official website

Al-Watan (in Arabic الوطن meaning The Homeland) is a Kuwaiti Arabic language daily published by the Al Watan publishing house. The editor in chief is Khalifa Al Ali Al Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti ruling family, Al Sabah.[1]


The paper was launched in 1974.[2][3] In April 2014, the paper and Alam Al Youm were temporarily closed down for two weeks by the Kuwaiti government due to the publication of a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup in Kuwait.[4] In June 2014, both papers were again shut down for five days because of the same reason.[1][5]


The circulation of the daily was 60,000 copies in 2001.[2] The 2006 circulation of the paper was 100,000 copies.[6]

The paper's online version was the second most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Kuwait orders temporary closure of newspapers over defiance of gag order". Middle East Eye. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Kuwait Press". Press Reference. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Barrie Gunter; Roger Dickinson (6 June 2013). News Media in the Arab World: A Study of 10 Arab and Muslim Countries. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-4411-0239-3. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kuwait shuts down newspapers after coup tape controversy". Your Middle East. AFP. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kuwait papers closed for violating 'plot' blackout". BBC. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kuwait". Publicitas. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014.