Front page of Al-Ahram of 1973
Egypt's largest newspaper, founded in 1875 by the Taqla family.
The newspaper is published in Arabic, and is the most known and the leading newspaper in the Arab world today. It now has a circulation of about 900,000, of which a substantial part is sold abroad, principally in Arabic countries. But the newspaper has subscribers in most of the world's countries, and is often the first Arabic newspaper that libraries in non-Arabic countries make available in their newspaper selections.
Al-Ahram has a wide coverage of world affairs, but as for Egyptian affairs, it is counted for expressing views that are close to the governments own.

The first Issue of Al-Ahram was released at August 5, 1876. Thus, it is the oldest newspaper in the Arab and Third world, and one of the oldest papers in the world.
Al-Ahram headquarters was transferred from the old building in Mazloum Street to the present premises at Galaa Street on November 1st, 1968. The new building, widely acclaimed as very modern and sophisticated, is home to one of the most efficiently-run press houses in the world. This building includes Al-Ahram newspaper printing press that prints Al-Ahram daily and all other Al-Ahram publications in addition to newspapers of other clients. It also includes the various departments: Editorial, Al Ahram International, Al-Ahram Hebdo, Advertisements, Pyramid Advertising Agency, Computer Center, Distribution, Subscriptions, Export and Import, Engineering and Projects, Personnel, Accounting, Legal, Medical, Security, Mail, Communications, and Al-Ahram buildings Department. Since its inception, Al-Ahram has covered events from an Arab national perspective. Al-Ahram has always been a forum for expressing the views and ideas of leading Arab intellectuals and opinion-makers, and through which they could convey the concerns and aspirations of the great Arab nation.

"Al-Ahram Weekly is an independent English-language newspaper issued by Al-Ahram Organisation. Since it first hit the newsstands on Thursday 28 February, 1991, it has rapidly established itself as the leading English-language newspaper, not only in Egypt, but also -- as we know from the many letters we receive from our readers -- throughout the Arab world. As we launch our electronic edition, we hope that a new and ever larger public will come to share their opinion -- and particularly those readers who in the past have had difficulty obtaining access to the print edition of our newspaper.


From the start, Al-Ahram Weekly set out to provide the English-language reader with objective, in-depth coverage of the Egyptian and Arab scenes: politics, economy, culture and society. The challenge we set ourselves was to do this from "an Egyptian perspective". As we hope our readers will have realised over the past years, this has never meant whitewashing or propaganda, but rather providing as honest and objective a look at contemporary Egyptian and Arab reality as possible -- as seen through Egyptian and Arab eyes.

Moreover, Al-Ahram Weekly has also sought to provide, through guest columns and in its opinion pages, an open platform for the free expression of a wide range of different views and analyses. We may safely claim that no other English-language newspaper from the Arab world provides as comprehensive and wide-ranging a picture of the manifold ideological, political and cultural currents which characterise the region today.

Al-Ahram Weekly is proud to have hosted in its pages many leading international political commentators, both Arab and non-Arab. Our regular contributors have included Noam Chomsky, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, Edward Said, Eric Rouleau and Eqbal Ahmad. Top Egyptian political commentators with regular columns include Ibrahim Nafie, Mohamed Sid-Ahmed and Salama Ahmed Salama




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