Anwar Abdulrahman began his business career at the age of 19 as a young salesman in Bahrain with M. A. Almoayyed, a leading Bahraini company. He was seconded to Al Hilal Bookshop, a subsidiary of M.A.Almoayyed and in 1970, together with the late Mr Ebrahim Almoayed, took over the bookshop.
In 1973 he established with two other directors, Al Hilal Corporation, a company specialising in the distribution of imported newspapers and magazines. In 1976, under the tutelage of the late Mahmoud Al Mardi, Anwar spearheaded the launch of Bahrain’s first Arabic daily newspaper, Akhbar Al Khaleej and two years later, the same group launched the Gulf Daily News.
In 1977 Anwar established Al Hilal Publishing Group, an Anglo/Bahraini company, where he was elected Chairman of the Board. Al Hilal Group is a leading Publishing House in the Middle East, publishing a range of newspapers and magazines including Gulf Construction, Gulf Industry, Travel & Tourism News, Oil & Gas News, Arabian Knight, Gulf Weekly, The Gulf magazine.. Al Hilal also owns and operates TradeArabia.com the leading business information portal in the Middle East. The company has offices in London, Dubai, Al Khobar and Riyadh.
Mr Abdulrahman was born in 1942 and educated in Bahrain. He is fluent in Arabic, Persian and English. He was a member of the board of Bahrain University’s School of Literature from 1988 until March 2000 and writes regular columns for both Akhbar Al Khaleej and the Gulf Daily News. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of Akhbar Al Khaleej towards the end of 2000.
Mr Abdulrahman is an avid reader and renowned public speaker of history, biography and politics, and travels extensively. His fluency in three languages has earned him a reputation as a respected publisher both within the Middle East Region and internationally.