Saudi Arabia: Miracles are not impossible
Saudi Arabia's ambitious vision has fascinated many and ignited their hopes
Saudi Arabia's ambitious vision has fascinated many and ignited their hopes. The announcement is being discussed by the media and people around the world. The vision will not be difficult to achieve because it is actually possible to accomplish.
Several countries have preceded us in this regard and became industrialized. The list includes Germany, Britain and South Korea. It is easier for us to understand Asian models due to their lack of resources - such as Singapore, which has marshy areas, or South Korea, the country which was destroyed 50 years ago.
Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said his country was one of the poorest in the world 50 years ago but today it is the fifth largest economy in the world. It had no natural resources, only human resources, and it focused on the quality of education which is the main reason behind economic and technological progress there.
It is easier for us to understand Asian models due to their lack of resources, such as Singapore, which has marshy areas, or South Korea, the country which was destroyed 50 years agoTurki Al-Dakhil
The South Korean example
In 1962, the annual average individual income in South Korea was $87 while in 2011 it reached around $22,500. In 1962, the value of its exports was estimated at $45.7 million while in 2011, it was estimated at $555.200 million. The country’s imports were estimated at $421.8 million in 1962 while in 2011 they reached $424.400 million.
Saudi Arabia has huge mineral resources that will certainly last for a generation and more. In addition to its significance at the religious level, it also has an important geographical location and vast human resources.
However, we’re looking at the experiences of other nations to prove that political will can achieve miracles.
The Saudi Vision 2030 is very ambitious and I say this just as a reminder and not to discourage anyone. This vision will not yield results today or tomorrow. It will require time, patience and hard work. The future will be better thanks to Almighty God.
This article was first published in Okaz on April 28, 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.