Al Rai

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This article is about the Kuwaiti daily newspaper. For similarly named Jordanian daily newspaper, see Al Ra'i.
Al Rai
Type Daily
Editor-in-chief Majed Al Ali
Managing editors Ali Roz
Founded 16 April 1995; 20 years ago (1995-04-16)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Kuwait
Website Official website

Al Rai (in Arabic الرأي, meaning "The Opinion"), known as Al Rai al Aam (Arabic: الرأي العام, meaning "Public Opinion") from 1995 to 2006, 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 profile[edit]

The paper was launched by Abdulaziz Al Massaeed on 16 April 1961 as a weekly with the name of Al Rai Aam.[2][3] Al Massaeed was both the owner and the publisher of the paper that was initially published in Beirut.[2][4] Later it was relaunched as a daily.[2]

The daily license was rented to Jassim Al Boodai in 1995, and it was renamed Al Rai in 2006. Egyptian journalist Abdallah Kamal was the advisor of the paper.[5]

The paper contains numerous interviews with many world leaders. The newspaper is known for generally supporting the Kuwaiti government and ruling family.[1] Its circulation 2001 was 87,000 copies.[3]

In 2004, Al Rai launched a satellite TV, Al Rai TV, which merged with the newspaper to create the Al Rai Media Group.[6] 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.

The paper's online version was the eighth most visited website for 2010 in the Middle East and North Africa.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kuwait". The Arab Press network. Retrieved 18 September 2013. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c 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. 
  3. ^ a b "Kuwait". Press Reference. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Abdullah Kamal". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kuwait Media Market Description" (PDF). WARC. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 

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