London- Asharq al Awsat will launch its new compact format on Saturday 1 April 2006 across Europe, as it continues to search for ways to maximize the reading experience.
Readers will find it easier to navigate the newspapers. The new format will not affect the news content or the advertisements.
Tariq Alhomayed, Editor in Chief of Asharq al Awsat commented on this significant occasion saying, “This bold move is aimed at facilitating the reading experience, wherever the reader may be, whether on public transport or at home. Our goal is to provide readers with a practical size that will make the newspaper easier to handle. Asharq al Awsat will continue to feature readers’ favorite daily and weekly supplements.”
A compact Asharq al Awsat will be available on newsstands across Europe on Saturday. The new format will be adopted in the Arab world in August and in 2007 across Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf.
Asharq Al-Awsat is printed simultaneously on four continents in 12 cities.
Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan- Arab and international affairs, offering its reader’s in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab World.
In 2005, Asharq Al-Awsat successfully launched its English Language website not only breaking the language barrier but also redefining online Middle Eastern news coverage. With its in-depth reporting of groundbreaking events, exclusive interviews with leading political figures and decision-makers, Asharq-e.com has become the Middle East’s leading English Language news source.