The future of news
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.
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