Baladna, Syria’s only English-language daily, launched on 6 December 2009

The 32 page paper is published daily (weekdays) and caters for the varied needs of Syria’s burgeoning English-speaking residents, both Syrians and expats.

With a large youth population of over 60% of the country’s inhabitants, and increasing numbers attending university and mastering English, Baladna will be an essential read for Syria’s students and young professionals seeking to learn more about their nation and the opportunities awaiting them. The paper, published by the country’s premier advertising and publishing enterprise, United Group, will also provide a quality read for the large number of student and professional foreigners residing in Syria seeking to read timely, accurate and in depth articles about Syria and the social, creative and professional opportunities it offers.

A dedicated Development section presents news and features about the increasing number of development programmes the country is enjoying, as well as advice and features about education and careers. The Arts and Lifestyle sections, in addition to giving our readers comprehensive information about places to visit and events to attend nationwide, presents interviews with the plethora of creative and professional talent residing in Syria and the individuals and projects supporting the country’s creative boom.

The Business section supports decision makers and investors by presenting the latest business development and legislative news across the nation, region and globally.

Editorial Team
The Editorial team is made up of writers and editors, from Syria, Europe, the USA and Australia. The team is headed by Editorial Director Reem Maghribi. After establishing a strong reputation as an editor, publisher and communications consultant in London, founding Sharq, an English language publication about Arab culture & lifestyles in 2005, Maghribi, 31, moved to Syria in 2008 from Britain, where she was born and raised. In addition to writing for the Guardian CiF, Maghribi has appeared as a guest on various primetime programmes, including SkyNews, BBC World and AlJazeera.

Baladna English launched with a free three-month trial subscription, confident that the uniqueness and quality of its content will encourage long-standing commitment from Syria’s English speaking residents. To enjoy the free trial subscription (within Syria only) send an email, with your name, telephone number and address, to or call 011 2000.

Just as United Group has enjoyed commercial success across its range of publications, which include Baladna Arabic daily newspaper, alWaseela classifieds newspaper and What’s On, Top Gear, Layalina, Gala and Marie Claire magazines, so it is confident that the uniqueness of Baladna English, with its sought after readership, will achieve commercial success for its latest publication. To enquire about advertising in Baladna English and promoting your business, project or event to Syria’s English speakers, email Laila al Fahed at

United Group, Syria
United Group for Publishing, Advertising and Marketing [UG] is proud to be one of the leading players and founders of Syria’s modern media industry. The company has enjoyed commercial success across its range of publications, which include Baladna Arabic daily newspaper, alWaseela classifieds newspaper, What’s On, Top Gear, Layalina, Gala and Marie Claire magazines and Yellow Pages guides. UG also owns and runs United Group for Printing and United Group for Distribution, both of which print and distribute both for in-house publications and external clients. For more information visit

For further information about Baladna English please contact
Reem Maghribi
+963 9 4543 0322