An open letter to Paulo Coelho

I advise others to buy your books although the price of the translated versions in Arabic are a little expensive

Turki Aldakhil

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Mr. Paulo

I am not the General Manager of the most important television news channel in the Middle East.

I am an avid reader of Paulo Coelho.

I advise others to buy your books even though the translated versions in Arabic are a little expensive. This means those who recommend your books have to pay from their own pockets.

We used to be masters of knowledge but we no longer are. However, a project has been put in place which promises to tackle our challenges. We will continue to pursue it.

We still have a long way to go. A nation, which is not led by men like Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, is bound to face many challenges.

I believe, we will find your heart and good wishes in our endeavor. All the faithful men, who believe in the greatness of humanity, will become part of this initiative. We will not let this go in vain.

We will face the challenges ahead of us because of the capacity of our youth, men and women. We will be strengthened by those who tried and succeeded as well as those who tried but couldn’t succeed for a valid reason.

You will remain a teacher and a source of inspiration to all of us!

(Editor’s note: This is in response to comments made by Paolo Coelho praising Dubai’s reading initiative). The article was first published in al-Bayan on Oct. 27, 2016.
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.

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