Social media celebrates 40 years of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

Asharq Al-Awsat then and now.
Updated 05 July 2018
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Social media celebrates 40 years of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

  • The newspaper was launched in 1978 with London as its headquarters

Twitter was flooded with celebratory messages on Thursday for Saudi international newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on its 40th anniversary.

The newspaper was launched in 1978 with London as its headquarters, and belongs to the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. It covers news throughout the MENA region, the US, Europe and Asia and has bureaus and correspondents in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Washington, New York and Belgium.

The idea behind establishing an Arab newspaper in the center of the UK came from Hishem Ali Hafiz (co-founder of Arab News) and his brother, Mohammed Ali Hafiz, according to Asharq Al-Awsat’s first Editor in Chief, Jihad Khazen. Currently, it is run by Ghassan Charbel and is printed in 18 destinations.

Arab News’ Editor in Chief, Faisal J. Abbas, was among the first to contribute to the Asharq Al-Awsat 40th anniversary hashtag on the social media site: “I want to thank Asharq Al-Awsat for all that it has given me.”

The editor in chief established the media-supplement (section) for Asharq Al-Awsat, which has displayed some of the biggest experiences and unions of the most influential press institutions and journalists.

“Fourteen years I’ve spent here, and I still feel so welcome. It’s a factory of professionalism and journalism. Forty years of enriching knowledge and journalism,” said Mosaed Al-Ziyani, UAE bureau chief at Asharq Al-Awsat.

Saud Kateb, the Saudi deputy minister for public diplomacy affairs, tweeted: “My beloved (newspaper) and companion for 20 years: I’ve been living and breathing journalism, not for a job, because of it.”

“On this day, 40 years ago, Asharq Al-Awsat saw the light, taking the first steps for Arabic journalism for the first time in history to step out of its local sphere into the international arena,” said Saudi journalist Nasir Al-Haqbani.


Lost stars and World Cup hot topics on Google in 2018

Updated 12 December 2018
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Lost stars and World Cup hot topics on Google in 2018

  • An annual summary of “top trending searches” released Tuesday by the world’s most popular online search engine was meant to reflect fresh subjects or names in which interest rocketed this year

SAN FRANCISCO: The World Cup topped a list of this year’s hottest Google search topics that turned quickly to lost stars such as Avicii, Mac Miller and Stan Lee.
An annual summary of “top trending searches” released Tuesday by the world’s most popular online search engine was meant to reflect fresh subjects or names in which interest rocketed this year.
The top term for general search as well as in a news category was “World Cup” football.
But, seven of the 10 most keenly pursued new searches for the year globally centered on rising stars or established icons who passed, among them Anthony Bourdain, Stephen Hawking and Kate Spade.
The list of top trending searches globally included US actress Meghan Markle, who married British Prince Harry, and a “Black Panther” film that debuted this year.
The Royal Wedding was ranked the fourth hottest trending topic in news, after the World Cup, Hurricane Florence, and the results of a Mega Millions lottery.
Sizzling general search topics in the United States to a large degree reflected global trends at Google this year, but the Top 10 list here included “election results” from keenly watched midterm elections.