Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers

Posted by Mark

According to Forbes, two out of the Top 10 online newspapers in MENA are Kuwait based. Al Watan came in at #2 and Al Rai at #8. The next local newspaper comes in far behind at #39 which is Al Anba. Both Arab Times and Kuwait Times didn’t make the Top 50.

1- Youm Al Sabea – Egypt
2- Al Watan Newspaper – Kuwait
3- Chorouk – Algeria
4- El Heddaf – Algeria
5- Al Riyadh – Saudi Arabia
6- El Khabar – Algeria
7- Gulf News – United Arab Emirates
8- Al Rai Newspaper – Kuwait
9- Ennahar – Algeria
10- Al Ghad – Jordan

For the full top 50 list and more information here is the [Link]

via Jad


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Woohoo no more foam!

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KUWAIT: The national holiday celebrations next year will be completely foamless, reported Al-Qabas. The Environmental Public Authority (EPA) recently announced that an agreement was reached to ban the use or import of foam sprays in the country. The move is an attempt to control the chaotic use of the substance that has experienced an increase in popularity these past few years. “The EPA has reached an agreement with the Interior Ministry, the Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Health to ban the substance for being a serious health risk,” said the Director of the Industrial Environment Department at the EPA, Mohammad Al-Enizy. The substance has been accused of causing allergic reactions to the eyes and skin in addition to containing carcinogen material. “A detailed report was sent to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to stop importing or selling foam sprays in the country,” Al-Enizy added. [Source]

This was in the papers a few days ago, not sure how I missed it. I guess I am now looking forward to national holiday celebrations.

Thanks Mike


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Couple of Cops

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Saw this article in Arab Times today and thought it was worth sharing.


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Abu Dhabi police to use televised shaming as tool to deter motorist

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I just read about this on Autoblog and thought it was a pretty cool idea and one they should apply here in Kuwait as well.

Police in Abu Dhabi take traffic violations very seriously, and they’re reportedly adding a new tool to their arsenal – public shaming. After the evening news bulletin, videos will be shown of various traffic offenses along with the fines and penalties they incur. They have already lined up 30 such video violations and plan to run the series for a month.

It would be cooler though if the show was more like the popular reality American TV show COPS. [Link]


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Earthquake?

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Did anyone feel an earthquake around 2:25PM?

Update: Looks like an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit near a city called Kazerun in Southern Iran. More information [Here]


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No more sponsorship system in Kuwait starting February

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Great news which you can read over [Here]

I’m more interested in the Reuters photo used in the article which I’ve posted above. I thought Reuters was against photoshopped images yet the one above looks fake. It looks like someone took all the skyscrapers in Kuwait and then shoved them next to each other… but I could be wrong.


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Kuwait is the 40th best country in the world

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I know being 40 isn’t like being #1 or in the top 10 or top 20 but it’s still an accomplishment since Kuwait according to Newsweek is the best Arab country in the world. The results were based on Education, Health, Quality of Life, Economic Dynamism and Political Environment. Kuwait came in 24th place for Quality of Life while it loss mostly in the Education category coming in 76th place. That’s not good news. Lebanon on the other hand didn’t even make the list! Now that’s embarrassing. [Link]

Thanks Ahmed


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Exercise won’t help you lose weight

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This really doesn’t make much sense to me. [Link]

Thanks instant cravings


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Kuwait will build four nuclear reactors

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Two years back I posted about the possibility of Kuwait building nuclear plants, well it looks like they’re going to be building four! I just hope they don’t put the guy in charge of the sewage treatment plants to handle the nuclear power plants. [Link]


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Kuwait Running Out of Water

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Kuwaitis are consuming almost more water than the country can produce.

An estimated 1.5 million cubic meters of water was being consumed daily in Kuwait, dangerously close to country’s maximum production capacity at, the business news site Arabian Business reported.

According to the report Kuwait, which produces nearly all of its water from desalination plants, produces just 1.51 million cubic meters of water a year.

Looks like next year we are going to have water cuts in addition to the power cuts. [Link]

Thanks Burhan


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