Paper trails – who is Times of Oman?
Times of Oman
is the oldest and the leading English daily newspaper in Oman. The paper consists of a printed daily broadsheet and an online version, which provides its readers with the latest news from Oman, the Middle East, Asia and the world. The newspaper contains 52 pages of politics, sports, finance and culture and has a wide readership in Oman and abroad. Times of Oman was the first newspaper in the Sultanate to have an online e-paper edition. Times of Oman has an overarching goal of providing reliable news along with information and entertainment.
The paper is published six days a week from Saturday to Thursday and the website is updated round the clock seven days a week . The newspaper has three sections:
Section A: contains pages of news from Oman
, the Middle East region, India and Pakistan and the world
. It also has a commentary section with perspectives from respected political analysts and opinion writers and features a reader's forum.
Section B: covers market, business and finance news
on local, regional and international financial matters. It also contains a lifestyle part in addition to entertainment pages with crosswords, daily horoscope, airlines and bus schedules. The back page features Bollywood news and feature articles.
Section D: is the daily guide with local ads and classifieds.
Social media and electronic platforms
was launched in 1998 as the first website for news information in the region. It was redesigned in December 2012 to include more sections for news coverage in the local department and across the globe.
Times of Oman e-paper: launched in 2004 and can be found here.
Mobile application for Ipad and smart phones: launched in 2007
Times of Oman Supplements
: was launched on November 18, 1999. It is a family magazine, which comes out with the main edition of Times of Oman every Thursday. It covers thought-provoking stories, special features, but also provides inspiration on subjects such as healthcare and beauty tips, crime, romance, travel, parenting, fashion and cooking. The magazine targets readers among expatriates and Omani females.
Heavenly homes: an annual magazine on interior design
Art of Cooking: an annual cook book
a weekly magazine that covers news, views, leisure, business and sports. It is circulated on Friday instead of the regular newspaper edition.
Mohammed Essa Al Zedjali is the Chairman of MPPH and Editor-in-Chief of Times of Oman.
Once upon a time…the story behind Times of Oman
Times of Oman was founded in 1975 and became a broadsheet daily in 1990. Founded in 1975 as tabloid news weekly, Times of Oman became a broad-sheet daily in 1990. The first paper was published on February 23, 1975. The target group was expatriates in Oman and the paper also aimed at promoting Oman abroad. As many of the readers are from the Indian subcontinent, the paper dedicated a proportional part of its pages to news about that region. A reader survey in 2013 stated that amongst the English daily broadsheets in Oman, Times of Oman was favored by 5.4% of the respondents.
The company behind the paper
Times of Oman is published by Muscat Press & Publishing House (MPPH) SAOC. The Muscat Press and Publishing House SAOC was established 35 years ago by founder Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali
. Its headquarter is in Muscat, and the newspaper is run by experienced journalists and production staff, backed by MPPH's state-of-the-art infrastructure and news gathering technology. The publishing house is behind a number of different publications from broadsheet dailies to tabloid weeklies and monthlies as well as weekly magazines both in Arabic and English languages. In addition to Times of Oman, Muscat Press & Publishing House also publishes the following newspapers and magazines:
: a monthly magazine, which targets business expatriates, working professionals and the local Omanis that fall in the 18-35 age group. It features stories on local personalities, reviews on movies, books, and restaurants, in depth editorial content on international news, health, fashion, relationship, food, travel gizmos and more. Faces is freely distributed with Times of Oman with 20,000 copies reaching the newspaper's subscribers, hotels, cafes, health clubs, corporate offices, government bodies, ministries, travel agencies and more. Faces reaches out to a pan-Gulf audience who has a keen interest in establishing their presence in Oman.
Sabbat Ayam (Arabic)
Al Khazina (Arabic)
Al Sayraat (Arabic)
Health & Beauty (English)
Future - Monthly (English)
Black & White (English)
Awards and certifications
Times of Oman has won the following awards:
The late founder and editor-in-chief of Times of Oman, Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali, was posthumously awarded the "Pen of Press Prize" by the Council of Gulf International Relations
(COGIR) on April 17, 2013.
Times of Oman has won 27 highly prestigious international SND awards
in the area of design and presentation.
MPPH is the first media company in Oman and the second in the Gulf region to have been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certifications
, which is an internationally recognized standard for quality management systems.