Reasons for Optimism

Khaled Almaeena says most of the cynicism about Saudi Arabia’s future is not justified:

There is an urgency, a fire that flows among the nation’s youth, to work hard, produce and be part of this great drama as the Kingdom strives hard to take its place in a progressive world.

The human element is an integral part of growth and progress, and thus thousands of young Saudis have been sent abroad to acquire knowledge and skills to put to use upon their return.

This is a country that has talent. Young people playing musical instruments, athletes, writers, poets and those with many other talents all look to the future with energy.

Is this youthful urgency matched by the government? Can elderly bureaucrats keep up with these talented young people and their dreams and aspirations?