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Al-Sharq al-Awsat (Saudi Arabia)

new_logoBased: London

Founded: 1978

Circulation: 235,000 (est.)

Owner: Saudi Research and Marketing Group

Describing itself as the “international newspaper of the Arabs”, Al-Sharq al-Awsat is printed simultaneously in Saudi Arabia, London and several other capitals. It is an influential paper which carries pan-Arab and international affairs with a network of 20 correspondents who provide it with world news, and a number of leading columnists. It targets readers in Saudi Arabia interested in a wide range of news and opinions through its Riyadh edition. Its main readership, however, is composed of Arab expatriates world-wide. Al-Sharq al-Awsat is currently the only Arabic newspaper to own the Arabic copyright for many international syndicates such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and USA Today.