The recent pledge of allegiance ceremony to Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been landmark. Many in Saudi society believe that Prince Mohammed resembles his founder father Abdulaziz as he is determined and decisive. He learnt management since his early days thanks to his upbringing in the library belonging to his father, King Salman, which is described as one of the most important libraries in the world. King Salman had obliged all his sons to read one book a week.
When Prince Mohammed became a young man, he learnt management skills during his work in Riyadh. The king wanted him to learn the real skills of management to apply what he learnt in university after he attained a bachelor degree in law. The king realized his son’s knowledgeable and ambitious characteristics, and saw him as having a real plan. He then believed in his son’s talents and realized he could become a distinguished political and administrative figure. He then paved the way for him to work in the rough path of politics, and Prince Mohammed has mastered it.
Prince Mohammed attracted attention from all during his years of work. He did not know defeats, and he strongly and resolutely overcame challenges. The Saudis have now pledged allegiance to him as new crown prince for this promising country with its persistent youth.
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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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