Oct 28 2010
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Forbes Middle East announced the official ranking of the Top 50 Newspapers Online for the MENA Region at its launch event
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Nasser Al Tayyar, President of Arab Publisher House , Robert Forbes, Vice President of 'Forbes' and Tom Wolf, Forbes Senior Adviser, International. In addition, a large number of editors in chief from leading Arab newspapers were invited as well as 200 chairmen and CEOs of companies in the public and private sectors from the UAE and other Arab countries
Dr. Nasser Al Tayyar, President Arab Publisher House said "It is a great honor for me to announce this new partnership between Arab Publisher House and Forbes Media. Forbes is the ideal partner and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Steve Forbes for the trust which he and Forbes Media have given us."
Robert Forbes, Vice-President of Forbes said "We were lucky to have a number of interested parties to partner with Forbes here in the Middle East, but the Arab Publisher House was the obvious choice given our shared vision. Forbes Middle East is armed with some of the most talented editors and journalists in the businessand not enough credit has been given to the Middle East for the role that it plays in the global marketplace. It is not only a critical source of international trade and capital for financing businesses across all sectors, but the region is an inspiration and model for the rest of the world."
The top ranked newspaper online was Al Youm Al Sabea from Egypt and was graciously accepted by Dr. Walid Mustafa, Chairman Al Youm Sabea. Other winners included Al Watan, ranked 1st in Kuwait, Ech-Chourouk, ranked 1st in Algeria, Al Riyadh, ranked 1st in Saudi Arabia, Gulf News, ranked 1st in United Arab Emirates, Al Ghad, ranked 1st in Jordan, Al Ahkbar ranked 1st in Lebanon, Al Nahar, ranked 2nd in Lebanon and Al Wasat, ranked 1st in Bahrain.
Forbes Middle East compiled this list according to the Forbes methodology of scientific research. Forbes has always highlighted the importance of the role that media play in raising awareness and educating communities in economic and social development. Forbes Middle East has closely monitored the achievements of Arab, English and French newspapers published throughout the MENA region and their transition to digital media. This is measured by the presence of these newspapers online, their content and the online following that they generate.
A special award was also given to Dubai Media City, TECOM to honor their efforts in media and Mr. Mohammed Abdullah, Managing Director Media Cluster for TECOM Investments collected the award on behalf of TECOM.
Forbes Middle East is headquartered in Dubai Media City. The magazines debut edition is in Arabic and will be followed in a few months by an accompanying website. The English-language edition, also accompanied by a website, will appear in 2011.
Arab Publisher House is a newly formed joint venture of influential Arab investors; it plans to bring to the region a number of other Forbes publications, as well as other magazines.
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