Abu Dhabi newspaper The National appoints new editor

Mohammed Al Otaiba replaces Hassan Fattah as editor of state-owned newspaper

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Abu Dhabi’s state-owned newspaper The National has appointed Mohammed al-Otaiba as editor-in-chief, according to its parent company.

The appointment coincides with “a shift in editorial focus and resourcing” towards more local coverage of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE, said a statement issued by Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), which publishes The National.

Otaiba was previously head of ADM’s film arm Image Nation Abu Dhabi. He also spent 10 years representing the UAE at the United Nations in New York, Beijing and London, according to the ADM statement.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mohammed Al Otaiba as Editor-in-Chief of The National, and are confident that his well-rounded experience in media, foreign policy and diplomacy will add a valuable global perspective to The National,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Media.

Otaiba said he was “delighted” to join the newspaper. “Writing has been a strong passion of mine for years and I look forward to being part of such a dynamic team of journalists,” he said.

The move follows several changes in senior management at ADM.

Otaiba replaces Hassan Fattah, who stepped down as editor-in-chief of the newspaper last October.

Ayman Safadi, former chief executive of ADM, left the company in November.

The National was launched in April 2008 under the editorship of Martin Newland, former editor of The Daily Telegraph.