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The Gulf Today, steering ahead for two decades
April 16, 2016
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When the whole world was going to sleep The Gulf Today woke up to the dissemination of truth because it involves us all. The daily newspaper’s Volume 1, issue 1, was published on April 16, 1996. It was preceded by a ceremonial edition on April 15.

From the influential world of the elite to the laborious world of the hoi polloi, from the powerful world of business to the unpredictable world of markets, from the sedate world of the academic to the impressionable world of the student, truth steers, nothing but the truth.

The Gulf Today packaged that reality, at times harsh, in 36 aesthetically enriched broadsheet pages under the stewardship of Taryam Omran Taryam and Dr Abdullah Omran and made it the readers’ best company across the United Arab Emirates. The daily saw that it became as uplifting as the morning coffee and more.

The publication used Dar Al Khaleej’s state of the art technology to showcase exhaustively political happenings, societal trials and tribulations and sporting events.

The newspaper, that came at a time when the United Arab Emirates was tellingly realising its programmes with regard to scientific, technological, educational, healthcare and space developments, took upon itself the pivotal task of reporting faithfully and convincingly the nation’s progress on a day to day basis.

Not for a day has its coverage relaxed as hasn’t the UAE with its agenda of growth. By all measures the UAE continues to march ahead breaking new ground both in the region and the world. The indices of healthy governance are clearly reflected at many levels — religious tolerance, liberal education and general happiness being just some. It made nations sit up and take note of its decision to appoint a happiness minister. The Gulf Today brought to its readers a good deal about the path-breaking move.

As a natural and nourishing corollary to the fruitful national effort The Gulf Today offered its pages as a platform to a set of well-informed and open-minded Emirati commentators. They have been talking regularly through its columns loudly and clearly. They are bold thinkers and the publication relishes that.

It also decided to offer literary fare for the thinking man and woman and at the same time saw that such stuff didn’t display the verve of a dry mouth university thesis.

The Gulf Today ensured that the newspaper’s weekend products — Timeout and Panorama — and website matched the best in the universe of information.

The daily is proud to say that it has not for a day compromised on the principles of equable journalism for it strongly believes that such a surrender, often made under the pressure of market forces, would convert its professional sprint into an unsightly trudge.

It has successfully fought off prejudices that are the result of non-journalistic players in the world of media. And it has done so without being pompous.

Tomorrow the publication begins its third decade, which would not have been possible without the love of its invaluable readers. The Gulf Today and all its happy crew thank them all. And wholeheartedly so.

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