Al Rai

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This article is about Kuwaiti daily newspaper. For similarly name Jordanian daily newspaper, see Al Ra'i.
Al Rai
Type Daily
Editor-in-chief Majed Al Ali
Managing editors Ali Roz
Founded 16 April 1961; 53 years ago (1961-04-16)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Kuwait
Official website Official website

Al Rai (in Arabic الرأي meaning The Opinion)), formerly known as Al Rai al Aam (Arabic: الرأي العام, meaning Public Opinion) is a Kuwaiti daily newspaper.[1] According to a 2007 survey by the Washington-based Intermedia group Al Rai ranked one among Kuwaiti newspapers for the fifth year in a row.

History and ownership[edit]

Launch as Al Rai Aam

The paper was launched by Abdulaziz Al Musaid on 16 April 1961 as a weekly with the name of Al Rai Aam.[2] Musaid was both the owner and the publisher of the paper that was initially published in Beirut.[2][3] Later it was relaunched as a daily.[2]

Sale and change of name

The daily was sold to Jassim Al Boodai in 1995, and it was renamed Al Rai in 2006 .[2]

Political stance and circulation

The newspaper is known for generally supporting the Kuwaiti government and ruling family.[1] The daily has been the leading daily newspaper in Kuwait since 2000. Out of a total number of 90,000 daily copies that are circulated in Kuwait, over 65,000 copies constitute its subscribers base, the biggest of its kind in the country. The paper contains numerous interviews with many world leaders.


The newspaper also launched its online content as a free service. In 2008, Al Rai received the Sheikh Salem Al Ali Al Sabah's award for best designed news website.

In 2004, Al Rai launched a satellite TV, Alrai TV, which merged with the newspaper to create the Al Rai Media Group.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kuwait". The Arab Press network. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Selvik, Kjetil (2011). "Elite Rivalry in a Semi-Democracy: The Kuwaiti Press Scene". Middle Eastern Studies 47 (3): 477–496. doi:10.1080/00263206.2011.565143. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Ali Abdulsamad Dashti (2008). "The effect of online journalism on the freedom of press: The case of Kuwait" (PhD Thesis). University of Stirling. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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