The UAE’s leading English newspaper Gulf News has decided to stop printing on weekends. In an editorial, published on Gulf News front page on June 2, the newspaper informed its readers about discontinuation of its print edition on Saturdays and Sundays, starting from June 3, 2023.
Gulf News stops printing on weekends
The Dubai-based newspaper’s Editor-In-Chief Abdul Hamid Ahmad citied the financial challenges as reason behind this “sad development.”
He said that rising costs of paper, ink, logistics and declining advertisement revenue have contributed to this decision.
Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok have also impacted ad revenue for national media outlets.
‘Journalism will continue’
Despite the discontinuation of weekend print editions, Gulf News assured its readers that journalism will continue through comprehensive online content on its official website.
Earlier, in a letter dated May 29, 2023, sent to advertisers and other business partners, Al Nisr Publishing informed that it would stop publishing on weekends from June 03, 2023.
“We have observed a significant shift in reader’s preference and consumption habits, with an increasing number turning to our online platforms for news and information, and it is crucial that we adapt to these altered dynamics and realign our resources strategically.”
“We want to assure you that this decision was not made lightly. It was driven by our dedication to serving the interests of our readers and advertisers alike and ensuring a sustainable and vibrant future for our brand,” the letter said.
About Gulf News
Established in 1978, Gulf News is a well-known newspaper based in the UAE. It has a long history and has been serving readers for over four decades.
The newspaper covers a wide range of topics, including local and international news, business, sports, entertainment, and more. It has gained a reputation for its comprehensive coverage and reliable journalism.
In recent years, Gulf News has adapted to the changing media landscape by transitioning to a digital-first approach. Recognizing the shift in reader preferences towards digital platforms, the newspaper has expanded its online presence and offers a variety of multimedia content to engage its audience.
Gulf News has faced challenges common to the print media industry, such as rising costs and declining advertising revenue. To address these challenges, the newspaper made the difficult decision to stop printing on Saturdays and Sundays. However, it remains committed to delivering high-quality journalism through its digital platforms, ensuring that readers can continue to access news and features on their preferred devices.
It became the first newspaper to adopt the now-popular Berliner format in 2012.