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How is one of Canada’s most creative novelists connected to one of the most influential businessmen in the Arab world?

March 4, 2009 2:33 by

Gulf News

“I remember the newspaper being printed at the Abulhoul printing press, and I was an avid reader right from the beginning,” said Isobel Abulhoul.

When Gulf News first launched in 1978, circulation was approximately 3,000 copies a week. Two years later, the newspaper’s format transformed from tabloid to broadsheet size and a weekly lifestyle magazine, Al Juma’s, was first published.

In November 1984, it was bought over by Al Nisr Publishing, a company that was formed by three UAE businessmen including Abdullah Al Rostamani, Juma Al Majid, and …


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