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Gulf Madhyamam turns 25 today, pioneering excellence in media

Gulf Madhyamam turns 25 today, pioneering excellence in media

Gulf Madhyamam, the first Indian newspaper to be published outside of India in Malayalam, marks its 25th anniversary this year. Launched in Bahrain on April 16, 1999, the newspaper has served as a critical link between the Malayali community in the Gulf and their homeland, Kerala.

Foundational Beginnings

Under the patronage of Mr. Nabeel Al Hamar, the then Minister for Information and Culture of Bahrain, and now Media Advisor to the King of Bahrain, Gulf Madhyamam began its journey with a mission to deliver impartial news and in-depth analysis of events. The publication quickly became a staple among Malayali expatriates, catering to their unique cultural and informational needs.

Over the years, Gulf Madhyamam has expanded its footprint, with key milestones including the launch of its Dubai Edition on July 16, 2002, followed by the Qatar Edition on March 16, 2003 and the Kuwait Edition on February 1, 2006. The journey of growth continued with the introduction of the Jeddah Edition on January 16, 2006 and the Riyadh Edition on December 10, 2007. As part of its vision to provide comprehensive coverage, Gulf Madhyamam expanded further with the launch of the Dammam Edition on May 24, 2008 and the Oman Edition on February 1, 2010. Notably, the paper's dedication to engaging with its readership was achieved by the initiation of Gulf Madhyamam's CHIPS TEEN TIME on January 12, 2011.

Gulf Madhyamam, being the only Malayalam newspaper that is printed and published in every nation within the GCC, has introduced its readers to the socio-political narratives and cultural events of the Arab world. Chief Editor V.K. Hamza Sahib emphasized the newspaper’s role in fostering a deep connection between the Gulf countries and the Malayali community. "Our gratitude to the GCC rulers, who have embraced our community warmly, is immense," said Mr Hamza on the occasion of the 25th celebrations.

The newspaper also played a pivotal role in promoting new voices from the Gulf, giving many aspiring writers a platform to share their perspectives. Each edition across the Gulf countries was crafted to reflect the distinct experiences of the Malayalis in those regions, ensuring a diverse yet unified narrative.

Gulf Madhyamam is instrumental in organizing major trade, cultural and educational events aimed at strengthening the ties between India and the Gulf states.

Harmonious Kerala

The 'Harmonious Kerala' cultural festival, initiated by Gulf Madhyamam across different GCC countries, promoted messages of humanity and unity. This festival has become a platform for Malayalis to reaffirm their commitment to brotherhood and cultural values.

Ahlan Kerala

'Ahlan Kerala' was a major cultural trade fair organized in Riyadh in collaboration with the Kerala government and Expo Horizon. This event aimed to strengthen the Indo-Saudi investment ties and cultural exchanges, attracting thousands of attendees and featuring spectacular cultural displays.

EDUCAFE– Education & Career Festival 2023

As one of the largest education and career fairs in the Middle East, EDUCAFE opened avenues for students to explore global educational and career opportunities. The event included sessions with renowned experts and showcased a wide range of educational institutions.

Heal Me Kerala

In partnership with the Oman Health Exhibition, 'Heal Me Kerala' served as a platform for Indian healthcare providers to present their services internationally. This annual exhibition is among the largest health fairs in Oman, highlighting innovations and services from India, particularly Kerala.

Kerala Property Show

The Kerala Property Show, held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, offered expatriate Malayalis the chance to invest in property back home. Organized with the CREDAI Kerala Chapter, the event featured 34 builders and was inaugurated under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Qatar, showcasing a diverse range of housing options.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Gulf Madhyamam gracefully shines with quality journalism and active community involvement, consistently dedicated to the principles of truth and justice. This milestone marks a reflection of the enduring impact and legacy the newspaper has on the expat community in the Gulf.

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