It is the job of a newspaper to inform, and sometimes even surprise, its readers, and that was certainly the case last week.
The almost universal reaction among the business community to the revelation by The National that Abu Dhabi was to create a financial free zone in the emirate was one of surprise.
The idea had been rumoured and gossiped about for months. After all, all that land on Al Maryah Island had been designated a "business centre" in the Abu Dhabi 2030 strategy. Business necessarily involves finance, so perhaps with hindsight it should have been obvious.
But to see in the cold hard print of the Abu Dhabi Official Gazette that there had been presidential and prime ministerial decrees setting up a specifically financial free zone certainly caused a stir.
As with any new strategy, financial professionals immediately began to weigh up the opportunities and the challenges the new free zone will present. At the moment, the feeling is pretty much summed up by the phrases I kept coming across in chats with financial people over the past few days: "we don't know enough; it's too early to tell."
What we know for certain is that the new entity has been called the Abu Dhabi World Financial Market, at least for the time being. The branding people may come up with something snappier, but ADWFM it is for now.
We know it will be located on Al Maryah, the huge construction project undertaken by the Abu Dhabi investment firm Mubadala Development since 2007. Some 50 local and international companies (including a fair representation of legal firms) have already opened offices on the island.
We know also that, purely in terms of square footage under development, it will be the biggest financial free zone in the UAE. But what got the chatter going was what we don't know, and specifically what kind of financial centre the ADWFM will be.
There are basically two models for comparison.
One is the financial hub just a couple of hours' drive along the E11 highway in Dubai. The Dubai International Financial Centre has been operating pretty successfully as a semi-autonomous financial free zone since 2004, with its own legislative framework, law courts, stock market and regulator. That's one model.
The other is a rather less well-defined concept, a business district housing the UAE Central Bank, the federal regulator the Securities and Commodities Authority, and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Financial firms would be encouraged to open offices there by the fact of the proximity to these important bodies and by the no-doubt world-class facilities on offer.
So far, we do not know which model Abu Dhabi will opt for, but just over the past few days speculation has been hardening that the ADWFM will go for the former.
This seems eminently logical.
As the DIFC's success has shown, the attraction of a free zone lies in the special features it can offer potential participants: the rights of full ownership and business-friendly privileges like its own rules and regulations. Having announced the ADWFM, it would seem counter-productive not to go the whole way.
The other hot topic, inevitably, is: what effect the new market will have on the existing business of DIFC. Most of the professionals I've talked to mention short-term challenges while highlighting long-term advantages.
Because of its energy revenue, Abu Dhabi has always been the natural locus for the oil and gas and the capital management businesses that go with it. Wealth management is one area that seems especially suited to the Abu Dhabi environment.
Dubai, on the other hand, has always been a trading hub, specialising in the financial businesses that go with commercial activities, such as equity and debt capital markets or more specific trade finance activities.
It requires no great leap of imagination to see these two operating in a complementary way, once the initial transitional details are worked through, consolidating the UAE's position as the premier marketplace in the Arabian Gulf.
But at the moment, we don't know what those details will comprise. There is an army of financial professionals out there keen to get cracking on the UAE's latest - and perhaps most significant - phase of its financial development. They just want more information.