Monday, March 25, 2019


About three years ago we stopped our subscription to Gulf News, not because we weren't happy with the paper itself, although it did contain an above average amount of rubbish on occasion, but because I was sick of the amount of waste paper I was accruing on a daily basis. I like so many people globally, turned to the web for my daily update of news in the Gulf and the rest of the world for that matter. I didn't miss having a hard copy one bit, infact it was quite nice not to have it littering the kitchen worktops. I even contacted Gulf News and told them of they would just deliver the main newspaper and the tabloid section I would continue with the subscription, I didn't want the other supplements and classified sections, but sadly they couldn't do that. I wonder how many other people did the same?

When we lived in TECOM we got a copy of 7Days, which is actually 5Days I think these days, soon I am pretty sure it will be 0Days, let's face it the content is lame, the advertisers appear desperate and the journalists get alot of their information from local forums. The most coverage it gets is when a letter is read out daily on The Breakfast Show on Dubai 92. The letters are repetitive and boring and come from disgruntled expats who feel that airing their opinions in a local rag will make a difference to their lives. Think again Batman.

In my opinion there is only one paper in the UAE that is worth an annual subscription and that is The National, published in Abu Dhabi, which contrary to popular belief is the Capital of the UAE. A very easy to read publication with unbiased opinion and good reporting. I don't subscribe to the paper but do read the on line version a few times a week, down the fact that I feel it is a waste of paper lying about the house.

I leave you with this to ponder in your mind ... I wonder how many actual newspapers will be left in the world in ten years time?

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