||January 30, 2016
Abdullah Omran Taryam was more than a path-breaking owner of a media
house or an understanding statesman: he was a national icon. On his
second death anniversary, leading industry bigwigs in the UAE tell The
Gulf Today that he left behind a void that will be hard to fill.
surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. Today we observe
with great dignity and respect the second death anniversary of the late
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam (May his soul rest in peace). He was a national
symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab
Emirates. He was the youngest Minister for Education and Justice
Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
As Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej Dr Abdullah revolutionised the dynamics of
the media in the UAE.
The tragic news of his sudden demise two years back left the whole nation and the entire Gulf region in a state of shock.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and
Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, mourned the death of Dr
Abdullah. Sheikh Mohammed said: “I offer condolences to our people on
the death of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, Emirati loyal son, statesman and
renowned mediaperson. Today I lost a dear brother, Abu Khalid, and a
loyal friend, known of good conduct, courage, clarity of opinion,
intention and sense of belonging and loyalty to his homeland and
The void left by his untimely departure is something which will never be filled.
The Gulf Today shares the views of some of his close friends, foreign
diplomats and members of the expat community, who are deeply aggrieved
over his untimely death. They pay tributes and homage to him and always
remember him in their prayers.
May Allah Almighty grant him the highest place in heaven and provide
courage to his family members and torch-bearers, including his sons
Khalid Abdullah Taryam, Dar Al Khaleej Chairman and Editor in Chief of
Al Khaleej newspaper, and Omran Abdullah Taryam, Vice Chairman of Dar Al
Khaleej, daughters Amira Taryam, Editor in Chief of Kul Al Usra, and
Aysha Taryam, the first Middle Eastern female Editor in Chief of an
English language newspaper, The Gulf Today, to bear his great loss and
give them strength to move forward their late father’s legacy (Ameen).
Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE
As we observe the second death anniversary of the late Dr
Abdullah Omran Taryam, we are reminded of his dynamic personality who
with courage and dedication laid the foundation of objective journalism.
Together with his brother, the late Taryam Omran Taryam, Dr Abdullah
Omran Taryam had the unique distinction of founding Dar Al Khaleej. This
seedling has now grown into a big media empire and a prominent leader
in national journalism.
I can confidently vouch for the fact that Dar Al Khaleej is a shining
example of objective journalism. Undoubtedly, the publications pioneered
by Dr Abdullah are rendering great service to its readers by imparting
credible information and knowledge.
I avail this opportunity to pray to Allah to bless the departed soul of
Dr Abdullah in eternal peace and continue to guide the present
leadership of Dar Al Khaleej to follow the footprints of its founders
Tanvir Khawaja, President, Pakistan Business Council
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was a media icon and role model in the
field of journalism. His sad demise has deeply grieved readers of the
publications of Dar Al Khaleej Group.
He contributed to the UAE and Arab media. His death has deprived the
media professionals of the United Arab Emirates of a great teacher.
He also set up The Taryam Omran Centre for Media Training and
Development, which provides free training to Emirati mediapersons. May
Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant him the highest
place in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).
Dr Ram Buxani, Chairman, ITL-Cosmos Group
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, co-founder of Dar Al Khaleej for
Press, Printing and Publishing along with his late brother Taryam Omran
devoted his rare life and brought credibility to his chosen field while
distancing himself from yellow and commercial journalism. He always
found his way to reach out to the common man with his liberal thoughts
within the permissible parameters.
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was one of the pioneers of the national press
and established the first private newspaper. This showed the importance
he gave to pen and the press. Still, even with the mighty pen in his
hand, he loyally followed the national policies of a strong federation
and stability within it.
I have always felt that The Gulf Today, founded by Dr Abdullah, is
currently one of the most readable papers in the region. May his soul
rest in eternal peace.
Paras Shahdadpuri, Chairman, Nikai Group of Companies
While we mourn the second death anniversary of the great son of
the UAE (late) Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, co-founder of Dar Al Khaleej
for Press, Printing and Publishing, we remember him as a pioneering
mediaperson who believed in the freedom of expression, free thinking
while keeping the interest of the nation supreme. He was a dynamic
person with qualities of leadership, statesmanship, courage,
nationalism, righteousness, clear thinking and a man of literature. He
was a role model for the youth. UAE residents, nationals and expatriates
alike will remember him for a long time with utmost respect and as a
great son of the UAE. We pray to Allah to grant him peace (Ameen).
Adeeb Ahamad, CEO, Lulu International Exchange
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was a national symbol of the UAE and
one of the country’s most respected sons, statesmen and journalists. He
constantly promoted the virtues of reason and dialogue through his
publications to uphold the truth and dedicated his life to the uplift of
society. His passing was a true loss to the nation and on the occasion
of his second death anniversary I would like to extend my heartfelt
sympathy to his family and pray that his legacy shines across
Raja Mohammad Sarfraz, MD, Tanja Engineering
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was a very humble person and a unique
personality. He played a major role in the development of the UAE and
the establishment of the union together with the founding fathers of the
UAE. Losing him has been a great loss for the UAE that cannot be
compensated for. He thoroughly loved Pakistanis.
I have personal contacts with the Taryam family for almost three decades
and I can ensure he belongs to a very pleasant and promising family.
May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace.
Chaudhry Khalid Hussain, President, Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah
My heart grieves over the loss of a great statesman. The late Dr
Abdullah Omran Taryam was a great leader and a game-changer for many of
us. He was a man of vision who worked tirelessly with exemplary
steadfastness for the social development of the nation through
He was very loyal and hardworking. His efforts to promote English and
Arab media are laudable. We salute his efforts in the field of culture
and media. He is still alive in our hearts. May Allah rest his soul in
eternal peace and give strength to his immediate family members to move
forward their late father’s legacy (Ameen).
Masood Ahmed, Vice President, Braiform for Middle East and Africa
A million words or tears cannot bring anyone back but one cannot stop his or her heart from remembering the loved ones.
One such great human is (the late) Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam (also known
as Abu Khalid among his friends and in family circles); the co-founder
of Dar Al Khaleej for Press, Printing and Publishing, who left for his
heavenly abode two years back.
Dr Abdullah was a very loyal statesman of the homeland. He was a
‘National Icon,’ who played a key role in forming the Union of the
United Arab Emirates and occupied several positions in the government
from his youth, including being the Minister for Education and Minister
Dr Abdullah, as the Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej, not only reformed the
dynamics of media in the country but also contributed in constituting a
prestigious media group at the local and regional levels.
Dr Abdullah has been an amazing friend, a caring father and a passionate
mediaperson and above all, a loyal Emirati and a remarkable human
We miss him a lot and pray that his soul continues to rest in Paradise by the grace of Almighty Allah (Ameen).
Mumtaz Khan Yousufzai, a leading Pakistani businessman and social worker
It is true that we all are born to die but the sad demise of
(late) Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam two years back is a great loss to the
nation, journalist fraternity and society. He will always be remembered
for the great legacy he is leaving behind for journalism and the way
forward to the youth. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and grant
him the highest place in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).
Saad Elsayed, Media Consultant and owner of MTC Media & Translation
The late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was one of the intellectual pioneers
in the UAE and co-founder of Dar Al Khaleej. He was one of the pioneers
of the national press. He and his late brother Taryam Omran Taryam
established the first private newspaper in the country.
He was a national symbol who contributed to the UAE union and was a
member of the delegation that paved the way for the British departure
from the Gulf in 1971.
He subsequently served as Minister of Education, and later as Minister
of Justice. He introduced many important reforms in the fields of
education and justice during his tenure.
A character like him cannot be forgotten easily; history will remember him as an intellectual forever.
Al Khaleej, The Gulf Today and many other publications of Dar Al
Khaleej are signs of his efforts to revolutionise the media in the UAE
and across the Arab world. May Allah Almighty grant him the highest
places in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).
Malik Amer Naveed, Bureau Chief, DIN NEWS Dubai
The late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam is a legend who cannot be
forgotten and cannot be erased from the memory of everyone who dealt
His untimely departure is a big loss to the media sector of the Arab
region. He was very loyal to his country and played a key role in the
UAE carving a niche in the whole world.
He added, “Two years have passed since the demise of Dr Abdullah, but
his memory is still fresh in the hearts of all those who love him,
because he was a man of thought and pen, policy and administration,
education, journalism and media. He left his imprint on each of these
May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and grant him the highest place in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).
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