The young prince and the new Saudi Arabia

The prince reminds us that he is from a new generation where challenges are different

Turki Aldakhil

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s interview with Bloomberg has shown glimpses of a progressive vision for a new Saudi Arabia. Since the implementation of these plans, the country has been going strong and has made progress in times of difficult challenges.

The prince reminds us that he is from a new generation where challenges are different - a young generation which aspires to a modern horizon where Saudi Arabia is a leader in modernization within a vital heritage that does not obstruct it from performing this role.

The deputy crown prince said that the vision of Saudi Arabia comprises of developmental, economic, social and other plans, adding that one of the elements of this vision is the national transformation program.

Saudi Arabia has started acting on these promises even before these words came out. Exceptional measures have been put in place, which is exactly what the country needs for the post-oil era. Among these are issues related to broadening liberty, making adjustments to the world we live in to facilitate investments that are non-binding by system and religion.

Journey into the future

This is a significant journey toward building a new country, which is structured on the basis of the past 100 years. At the same time, there is a pursuit to achieve integration and harmony with this post-globalization era, growing economic challenges and utilizing human and natural resources.

Over-dependence on oil is a thing of the past. The society will one day see that plenty of what is restraining it has no legal or religious basis and that it is instead due to the accumulation of history and pre-judged convictions.

This article was first published in Okaz on April 24, 2016.
Turki Al-Dakhil 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.

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