Sarah Townsend

Senior Correspondent , The National


Sarah Townsend is an award-winning business journalist with more than 10 years’ experience working for national and specialist publications in the UK and Middle East. She is currently Senior Business Correspondent at The National, the UAE’s biggest English language daily newspaper, covering a range of topics including real estate, finance, start-ups, law and policy.

Prior to The National, Sarah was Chief Reporter at Arabian Business, a weekly current affairs title covering the Middle East and North Africa. Last year she won the CFA Institute’s Financial Journalist of the Year award, and the previous year was shortlisted for the Citi Journalism Award for Mena. She has a First Class degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Manchester in the UK, and a Diploma in Periodical Journalism.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys travelling, hiking, swimming, reading and music – especially if it’s live. She has lived in Dubai for four years, and is still discovering new places in the region.