Al Jazeera Digital announced Thursday the launch of Reyada, its Arabic language business news vertical that will report on innovation, entrepreneurship and the booming start-up ecosystem of the Middle East. The new offering will be a significant expansion of Al Jazeera's business coverage and comes at a time when economies in the region are moving towards diversification. Reyada will be the destination for readers seeking strong journalism covering the new economic changes.
Reyada will combine Al Jazeera's original coverage with a selection of independent reporting and in-depth news analysis from The New York Times under a licensing agreement with The New York Times Licensing Group (NYTLicensing). The licensed articles, videos and photos will be focused on economics, finance and entrepreneurship and will run alongside Al Jazeera’s original business coverage across Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language digital properties.
“With a market of nearly 440 million people, the Middle East is moving aggressively towards economic diversification. Reyada will be uniquely positioned to monitor, explain and report on this evolution," said Dr. Yaser Bishr, Executive Director (EVP) of Digital for Al Jazeera Media Network. "We are thrilled to collaborate with The New York Times, an organisation that possesses such high journalistic integrity and a well-earned legacy, to support the launch and coverage of Reyada.”
"The New York Times is an invaluable resource for audiences looking to stay informed of the global business landscape," said Michael Greenspon, Global Head of NYT Licensing and Print Innovation for The New York Times. “We are delighted to participate in Reyada and look forward to providing the in-depth, impactful journalism of The New York Times to Al Jazeera’s business audience the world over,”
"Reyada will frame news coverage to benefit not only the Middle East business community but the increasing pool of rising leaders and ambitious young people who will be the major players in the economic diversification programs of tomorrow. Our initial emphasis will be on innovation, tech trends, start-ups and entrepreneurship,” said Anas Fouda, Manager of Al Jazeera Arabic website.
Reyada will be run from Al Jazeera's offices in Washington D.C. and Doha, Qatar and will draw on the worldwide news-gathering resources of Al Jazeera.