|Editor-in-chief||Majed Al Ali|
|Managing editors||Ali Roz|
|Founded||16 April 1961|
|Official website||Official website|
History and ownership
The paper was launched by Abdulaziz Al Musaid on 16 April 1961 as a weekly with the name of Al Rai Alam. Musaid was both the owner and the publisher of the paper that was initially published in Beirut. Later it was relaunched as a daily. The daily was sold to Jassim Al Boodai, and it was renamed Al Rai in 1996.
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. In 2008, Al Rai received the Sheikh Salem Al Ali Al Sabah's award for best designed news website.
Political stance and circulation
The newspaper is known for generally supporting the Kuwaiti government and ruling family. 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
In 2004, Al Rai launched a satellite TV, Alrai TV, which merged with the newspaper to create the Al Rai Media Group.
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