Al-Watan (Qatar)

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Al Watan
Type Daily
Owner(s) Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani
Publisher Dar Al-Watan Printing, Publishing and Distribution Company WLL.
Founded 1995; 22 years ago (1995)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Doha
Circulation 15,000 (2008)
Website Al Watan website

Al-Watan (Arabic: الوطن‎‎ meaning The Homeland) is a daily morning Arabic language political newspaper based in Doha, Qatar.[1] The paper is one of the three Arabic newspapers in the country along with Al Raya and Al Sharq.[2]

History and circulation[edit]

Al-Watan was founded in 1995 and was the first newspaper to be launched in Qatar after the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, abolished press censorship.[3] Its parent company is Dar Al Watan Printing, Publishing and Distribution Company WLL. With the publication of the daily the other leading Qatari Arabic paper Al Raya lost its one-third of its circulation.[4] The 2008 circulation of the daily was 15,000.[5]


The former foreign minister, Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, owns half of the newspaper.[6]


  1. ^ Amin H (2001). Mass media in the Arab states between diversification and stagnation In Kai Hafez and David L. Paletz (Editors) Mass media, politics, and society in the Middle East. Hampton Press, ISBN 978-1-57273-303-9
  2. ^ Barrie Gunter; Roger Dickinson (6 June 2013). News Media in the Arab World: A Study of 10 Arab and Muslim Countries. A&C Black. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-4411-0239-3. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clients". KnowledgeView. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  4. ^ William A. Rugh (2004). Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-275-98212-6. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Media sustainability index 2008" (PDF). IREX. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Arab Media Review: Anti-semitism and other trends" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League (ADL). July–December 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 

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