The Saudis’ dream and the Prince’s dialogue

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent television interview was a rich conversation that demonstrated the significance of top officials making appearances before the people to correct and clarify public information. This also helps in the process of explaining and reviewing the decisionmaking process and the progress made by reforms.

Considering he is in charge of development, economy and defense, Mohammed bin Salman wanted to explain to the society the thinking behind decisions being taken. During the interview, the Deputy Crown Prince discussed housing and the proposed solutions.

This is among the most complicated arena for the government as projects set decades ago have stumbled. It is every young man’s dream to own a comfortable house somewhere in his vast country.

As someone in charge of development, economy and defense, Mohammed bin Salman wanted to explain to the society the thinking behind decisions being taken

Turki Aldakhil

Yemen conflict

In the interview, he also spoke about the ongoing war and said Saudi Arabia can crush Houthi and Ali Abdullah Saleh within days. However, the priority since the beginning of Operation Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope has been to avoid bloodshed. Entering Sanaa will cause a civil war that Saudi Arabia will not allow to happen.

The prince also addressed several important matters including relations with Egypt. The relation with Egypt, like any other, may be affected but media’s escalation, as the Deputy Crown Prince put it, was created by those who are affiliated with the Brotherhood and who cheer for any dispute between a Gulf country and Egypt.

This article was first published in Okaz on May 4.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

Last Update: Thursday, 11 May 2017 KSA 08:21 - GMT 05:21
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