|Publisher||Saudi Research Publishing Company|
|Company||Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG)|
|Country||United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia|
|Language||Arabic, English and Persian|
History and profile
The Majalla was launched by Hisham Hafiz in London in 1980. The magazine is currently owned by Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), and was reestablished in 1987 by Ahmed bin Salman, then chairman of the SRMG. The current chairman of the SRMG is Turki bin Salman Al Saud.
The SRMG owns many other newspapers such as Arab News, Al Eqtisadiah, Urdu News and Asharq Al Awsat and magazines, including Sayidaty, Al Jamila, Arrajol, Bassim and Heya. From 1980 to 2009 a print edition was issued weekly, every Sunday. In April 2009 the magazine moved to an all-online format. Online version continues to be published weekly.
Gabriel G. Tabarani served as the deputy managing editor of the Majalla from 1980 to 1984. From 1983 to 1987 the chief editor of the magazine was Othman Al Omeir who currently owns news portal Elaph. Then Abdel Rahman Al Rashid served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine from 1987 to 1998. Adel Al Toraifi was appointed editor-in-chief of the Majalla in 2010, and is the current chief editor of the magazine. In July 2012, Toraifi was also appointed deputy deputy chief editor of Asharq Al Awsat, a daily published by SRMG. His term ended in July 2014.
The Majalla offers the readers an overview of the main weekly news, analysis and exclusive reports with a focus on political affairs. The magazine also provides news from USA today, Time Magazine, World Monitor and MEED.
Because of its close connection with the Arab world, The Majalla has often broken stories from sources close to militant groups like the PLO, Hamas, and Al-Qaeda. It also publishes articles written by senior Saudi princes like Prince Turki Al Faisal.
The magazine is also well known for its political cartoons, particularly those by the late Mahmoud Kahil. These were often critical of Israel and the United States. The Majalla sponsored London's first Festival for Arab Caricature in 1989.
The 1994 circulation of The Majalla was 116,000 copies. The audited circulation of the magazine at the end of the 1990s is stated to be just under 100,000 copies. Its 2009 circulation was 86.961 copies.
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