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Print Media in Abu Dhabi

The country has four major Arabic daily papers, two in Abu Dhabi, Al Ittihad and Akhbar Al Arab; one in Dubai, Al Bayan; and one in Sharjah, Al Khaleej. Dubai's two English-language newspapers, Gulf News (most widely read) and Khaleej Times, as well as Sharjah's Gulf Today are available throughout the UAE. All papers feature stories from the Western wire services, such as Reuters, AP and UPI. News is fairly current, but some may be censored.

The International Herald Tribune, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal can be purchased locally 1-3 days after publication. The major British dailies can also be purchased.

Distribution of Time, Newsweek, and the Economist is timely, although sometimes articles offending local moral or political sensitivities are censored. Some book stores carry a wide selection of English-language magazines, but at about twice the normal price.

The creative climate of Abu Dhabi is growing more vibrant by the day, with both government-sponsored initiatives and a steady flow of foreign investors pushing the media sector towards new heights. Certainly, advertising sales have not escaped the grip of the global recession, but the sector – aided by the relative stability of the emirate’s economy – is steadily emerging as a new regional centre of media and culture. Like other national markets in the Arab region, the print sector still dominates the UAE advertising market, accounting for double the amount spent on television. Promising new additions – such as The National, an English-language daily launched by Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) in 2008 – and expansions planned by Reuters should help ensure the industry stays on its toes.




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