Al Arab was first published on 6 March 1972 as a weekly tabloid and became Qatar's first post-independence Arabic publication The paper is also the first political paper of the country.
The founder and the first editor-in-chief of the daily was Qatari intellectual Abdullah Hussein Nemma,known as "Dean" of the Qatari press. The publisher was Dar Al Orouba. Al Arab was converted into a broadsheet daily on 22 February 1974.It was closed down in 1995.The license of the paper was sold by Nemma's family to then Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani in the 1990s.
It was relaunched on 18 November 2007 as online newspaper.Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud who also contributed to the foundation of the daily was named as editor-in-chief and served in the post until November 2009.Ahmed Al Romaihi is the editor-in-chief of the paper and his deputy is Mohammed Haji