(Arabic: الأهرام )
Editor in chief: Mohamed Abdel-Hadi Allam
Originally founded in Alexandria in 1875 by two Lebanese brothers, Beshara and Saleem Takla, Al-Ahram began as a weekly printed newspaper and became a daily newspaper just two months later. The newspaper was distributed across Egypt, and in 1899 its headquarters were moved to Cairo.
Al-Ahram is owned by the Al-Ahram Foundation and is one of the largest circulating newspapers in the world. The Egyptian government owns a controlling share of the stocks of the paper and appoints the editors.
Al-Ahram is the most widely circulated Egyptian newspaper. It prints a daily Arabic edition as well as weekly editions in English and French, in addition to Arabic and English online editions. The daily is also a flagship of the Al-Ahram publishing house.
Its strong alignment with the National Democratic Party under the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak brought harsh criticism from opponents. Traditionally the paper offered little acknowledgement to other political forces, and colloquial opinion rumored that it ran Mubarak on the front page nearly 300 days out of the year during his three decades in power.