Daily Mail reporter Tahira Yaqoob has left to join the new English language broadsheet The National as senior news and feature writer.

Yaqoob had been with the Daily Mail for six-and-a-half years. Nearly six years as a general news reporter covering a wide range of stories from crime and special investigations before spending the last year as second in command on the show business desk.

Speaking to BizAsia.co.uk, Yaqoob said, “Where else does one go after working on one of Britain’s biggest titles but the newspaper that has got the whole world talking? In an industry where newspaper circulations elsewhere are flagging and increasing numbers are turning to the Internet, this was an irresistible opportunity to work on what may be the last national newspaper launch in history.

There is an incredible buzz about the newsroom and a real excitement about what we can achieve here. The National puts Abu Dhabi on the world map while reflecting the extraordinary and diverse community here in a way which has never been done before.”