When the owner of an experience, which is one of the best in terms of modern-day wise Arab governance, has an opinion, listening is a must.
This is how you feel as you read excerpts from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s interview, the maker of the Dubai miracle and the man who inspires the UAE and Arabs.
In an interview carried out by Ashraq Al-Awsat’s Editor-in-Chief Ghassan Charbel, Sheikh Mohammed contemplated and eloquently spoke in Arabic about the disease and the cure in the Arab world.
Asked if the Middle East can develop and attract investments with the permanence of destructive conflicts, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, who has been acquainted with these conflicts for decades, said: “Tensions in our region is nothing new. It is practically a constant that has existed for 40 years.” It’s a frank description to which he added from his perspective as a visionary and statesman: “Moreover, investors know that countries have strong memories and that effective investment is marked by sustainability and they are not simply swayed by moments of tension or a passing development.”
According to this successful Arab leader, the real Arab spring is in heading towards the future and making a productive and creative generation that loves life. This is spring, and not the autumn of anger, wars and strifeMashari Althaydi
Here, the statement is clear differentiating between opportunists and the permanent strategic investor and the state differentiates between these two, because it’s aware and it has a vigilant rich memory!
How can we expect the Saudi state, for instance, to deal with whoever jumped off the boat, the boat of the vision, with the occurrence of the first “passing” development, as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid described it?
Tensions, “passing” developments and conflicts are part of the region’s nature, and we hope this changes but it will not change unless an alternative reality is created, whose essence is being oriented towards development and modernization, instead of towards religious, sectarian and ethnic wars, and where the logic of the state predominates the logic of the militias.
The wise Mohammed bin Rashid, the man of administration and development, further explains this saying: “I believe that conflicts offer further motivation to adopt modernization and development.. Can old circumstances, methods and ways of thinking produce anything else than the products that they had yielded before?”
These are the words of a wise man with a “realistic” optimistic soul, to see promising opportunities in crises.
Commenting on his experience over the years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid concludes saying: “For over 20 years I have warned of the severity of the situation and the need for change and modernization.”
According to this successful Arab leader, the real Arab spring is in heading towards the future and making a productive and creative generation that loves life. This is spring, and not the autumn of anger, wars and strife.
This opinion from the successful statesman is worthy of acceptance and appreciation.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “Views on the News” daily show, “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & the Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.