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The year was 2008. The world is roiled by a fi­nan­cial cri­sis; Barack Obama be­comes the first AfricanAmer­i­can pres­i­dent in the United States; and here – a new English-lan­guage news­pa­per is launched.

In this pho­to­graph from April 16, Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces, shakes hands with Martin New­land, edi­tor of The Na­tional at its launch at Emi­rates Palace. The paper had a staff of 200 and the first edi­tion ap­peared on April 17.

Al­most a decade later, the paper has made its mark. It has cov­ered ev­ery­thing from mu­nic­i­pal affairs to the suc­cess­ful Expo 2020 bid, to the UAE’s devel­op­ment – all dur­ing a time of rapid change. But now the paper is mov­ing on. Ear­lier this year, In­ter­na­tional Me­dia In­vest­ments ac­quired the paper from Abu Dhabi Me­dia. And from to­mor­row, there will be a new Na­tional – with a new print edi­tion and new-look web­site. And you can find Time frame on Fri­days in the new Week­end sec­tion.

John Den­nehy

Time Frame is a se­ries that opens a win­dow into the na­tion’s past. Read­ers are in­vited to make con­tri­bu­tions to yourpics@then­

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