Mohammed bin Salman: Prince of the East, Hope of the Nation, Builder of the Ideal State

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
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Mohammed bin Salman: Prince of the East, Hope of the Nation, Builder of the Ideal State

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, has made a name of himself as one of the world’s leading figures by spearheading a “revolution” that has reached all aspects of life in his country and transformed Saudi Arabia into an international political, economic and social heavyweight.

Riyadh has made itself a model capital of an ideal state. In several countries, people carry the images of Prince Mohammed in protests against their own states that have failed to resolve their political, economic and development problems. In search of freedom and a dignified life, they chant: “We want a ruler like Mohammed bin Salman.”

The Saudi Crown Prince has prioritized the fight against corruption - in all its financial, ideological and cultural forms – since he became the country’s number two leader. He believes that corruption in all its forms is the bane of the age and hurdle in development. Saudi Arabia is unique because it boasts what no other country does, the Two Holy Mosques. It also boasts a wealth of natural resources, such as oil and metals, and thousands of years of historical and cultural heritage.

The young prince managed to find the “secret formula” and rode the fast train that has moved in all directions, bringing with him change against everything that was familiar, ordinary and fixed. He drew a plan to build the country of the future, taking advantage of the resources and by keeping an eye on the regional and international arenas.

He became an influential player, closely read the local, regional and international files – both old and new – and realized that many needed revising in line with the times and the conditions at hand. He prioritized the interests of his country, region and ummah. To achieve this goal, he formed a team of ministers and advisors inside the country and beyond. He tasked them with missions that he directly supervises.

At the top of his priorities was the comprehensive development of Saudi Arabia and searching for new sources of income that don’t rely on oil. Through his wisdom and long-sightedness, he realized that this mission needed legislation and a roadmap and so, Vision 2030 was born. It set the course for development in all aspects of the country. The world has seen its goals come to life. Saudi Arabia has become a workshop that tackles all aspects of development.

Crown Prince Mohammed also realized that countries cannot work alone politically and economically in achieving their goals and demands for development. Rather, this demands the application of economic integration, a concept that emerged after World War II. This will promote trade exchange between countries, coordinate financial and monetary policies and fortify them against sudden crises. To this end, Crown Prince Mohammed proposed initiatives that take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s resources and wealth to build a country of the future. Everyone recalls his call for the formation of a new Middle East that was followed with the forging of alliances and signing of economic and trade agreements with influential countries.

Furthermore, Crown Prince Mohammed succeeded in achieving the independence of Saudi political decision-making, transforming it into a rising Arab power with international weight in all fields and that should not be underestimated.

To that end, he tackled perhaps one of the thorniest issues, that of Iran, which for years had posed a threat to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and other Arab countries. He was convinced that the political solution through dialogue was the best option. Iran, he believes, is a country with a long history and differences with it cannot be tackled through direct military confrontation.

He dismissed American and Israeli threats to strike Iran, believing that they are a form of political blackmail. Such threats had been on the table for decades and they have never been proven credible. So, reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran took place. They restored relations that had been severed for years. Through his wisdom and vision, Crown Prince Mohammed effectively put behind him a thorny issue and he also returned both Syria and Iraq to their Arab fold.

On the local level, Crown Prince Mohammed approved the system of the personal status law, replacing laws that had been in place for years, out of his conviction that the Holy Quran is applicable during all times and in all places. His country is bound to apply Quranic texts. He believes that texts must take into account circumstances, the place and time they were adopted. In order to achieve the goals of Vision 2030, he believed that religious speech and rhetoric should be addressed without infringing on clear religious principles.

All of the above are accomplishments and files that were achieved by Crown Prince Mohammed. Only a charismatic leader, with unique characteristics and a drive for change and one who can take the initiative could have made these achievements.

Researcher in Saudi history and sociology, Dr. Ismail al-Salamat told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Man is born with talents bestowed upon him by God. These talents either remain untapped or are exploited. God blessed this nation with a young prince and skilled leader. He was born with exceptional talents and capabilities. He was aided by circumstances, a good upbringing, multiple talents and a balanced and strong personality.”

“He is also driven by positive personal ambition and desire to succeed, and love for goodness and building a promising future for the people,” he added.

Crown Prince Mohammed enjoys unique characteristics that played the greater part in achieving the Arab dream of living in the ideal city. He is the hope of every individual of the nation that has for years endured fragmentation, division, loss and weakness. The nation was overpowered by world forces surrounding it. It was not taken seriously, as Arab citizens in the majority of Arab countries are being misled, are suffering from poverty, are oppressed and are forced to immigrate. They see hope in the accomplishments of Crown Prince Mohammed and a salvation from their miserable reality.

Al-Salamat spoke of the characteristics that have made the Crown Prince a model ruler and leader. He is a responsible ruler - one of the most important traits of the young prince that motivates him to work hard to achieve his goal. He has integrity that makes others trust him. He is dedicated to his principles and responsibilities. His principles are unchanging, which motivates the people on his team and builds confidence that their efforts will achieve their goal.

A successful leader is inspiring and knows what he wants and where he is headed. “We can see this through the quality of projects and plans that are part of Vision 2030 and that aim for development and prosperity,” said Al-Salamat. The successful leader does not rely on luck, but on serious hard work and accurate planning.

Crown Prince Mohammed is also just and fair, assigning the right man to the right position and choosing people based on their skills and capabilities. He is a good communicator and listener and displays emotional intelligence, which is one of the most important traits a leader needs as he forges ahead on his path to glory and improving the lives of his followers.

Moreover, Crown Prince Mohammed’s ambitions know no bounds and his drive will not be stopped and will not stop. It will continue to confront and overcome challenges. He is also a risk-taker. He doesn’t view challenges as obstacles, rather as necessary steps to achieve what is demanded. The greater the task the more innovative and determined he becomes. He does not take risks for the sake of taking them and is unafraid to get out of his comfort zone to achieve his goals.

Crown Prince Mohammed is good at managing and leading his team. He has directly and indirectly overseen all state institutions and their way of work. He has motivated the people to work and cooperate together, offering rewards and benefits, which has produced successful government agencies that are constantly developing and improving.

Moreover, Crown Prince Mohammed has displayed openness, making it his motto. His policy and constructive vision are based on openness, which is accepting the other and their differences, while maintaining the principles of his people and religion. “These are rare traits in a leader – ones we can find in a few great leaders throughout history. He is open-minded and represents the hope of his people and nation.”

Al-Salamat said that if one were to examine the Arab region and Middle East, stretching from the Levant, Anatolia, Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Jordan, Iran and Iraq, “we find the gleaming star of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

“He has earned the title Prince of the East – a young ambitious man, who exudes innovation and energy and boasts the massive ability to give and innovate and soar towards dreams and ambitions.”



Deal to Transport 12,000 Yemeni Pilgrims Via 5 Airports Including Sanaa

A previous flight of Yemenia Airways at Al-Ghaydah International Airport during its reopening by the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (Asharq Al-Awsat)
A previous flight of Yemenia Airways at Al-Ghaydah International Airport during its reopening by the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Deal to Transport 12,000 Yemeni Pilgrims Via 5 Airports Including Sanaa

A previous flight of Yemenia Airways at Al-Ghaydah International Airport during its reopening by the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (Asharq Al-Awsat)
A previous flight of Yemenia Airways at Al-Ghaydah International Airport during its reopening by the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Yemen’s Ministry of Endowments and Guidance has teamed up with Yemenia Airways to fly Yemeni pilgrims from five airports, including Sanaa International airport, for this year’s Hajj season.

The agreement comes after coordination with Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Mukhtar Al-Rabash, a deputy from the ministry, highlighted the cooperation between Yemen and Saudi Arabia in facilitating flights from Aden, Seiyun, Al Rayyan, Al Ghaydah, and Sanaa to the holy sites in the Kingdom.

Al-Rabash pointed out that this step will ease the suffering of pilgrims, sparing them the hardship of long travels due to the ongoing closure of routes between provinces by Houthi militias, backed by Iran.

He expressed gratitude for Saudi cooperation in facilitating flights from Yemen’s airports, including Sanaa, to the holy sites, aiming to make the pilgrimage easier for them.

“The ministry will oversee all stages of issuing air tickets for pilgrims through specialized committees at all airports,” added Al-Rabash.

Mohsen Haidarah, Deputy Managing Director for Commercial Affairs at Yemenia Airways, stressed the importance of the cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Endowments to transport around 12,400 pilgrims via Yemenia Airways.

Haidarah emphasized the need for continued coordination to ensure smooth transportation and the best services for pilgrims.

According to the Yemeni Ministry of Endowments, this year’s Yemeni pilgrims number 24,255.

Early preparations were made through coordination with relevant Saudi authorities and the signing of several agreements to serve Yemeni pilgrims in Makkah, Madinah, and the holy sites.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Rabash described Saudi efforts for this year’s Hajj and Umrah season as “blessed and commendable,” operating in an organized and developmental manner, reflecting the insightful vision of the Kingdom’s leadership in serving the pilgrims.

A delegation from the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation visited Al-Ghaydah International Airport in Al-Mahra Governorate last week to prepare for international flights, including those for Yemeni pilgrims for this year's Hajj season.

The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen rehabilitated and equipped the airport, with flights resuming in July 2023, enhancing transportation services in Yemen.


Saudi Commander of Joint Forces Meets with Chief of General Staff of Yemeni Armed Forces

A previous meeting between Saudi and Yemeni military officials in Riyadh. (SPA)
A previous meeting between Saudi and Yemeni military officials in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Commander of Joint Forces Meets with Chief of General Staff of Yemeni Armed Forces

A previous meeting between Saudi and Yemeni military officials in Riyadh. (SPA)
A previous meeting between Saudi and Yemeni military officials in Riyadh. (SPA)

The Saudi Commander of the Joint Forces and Deputy Chief of the General Staff, First Lieutenant General Mutlaq bin Salem Al-Azima, met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Yemeni Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Sagheer Hammoud Aziz, in his office at the Joint Forces Command on Sunday.
The visit is part of ongoing coordination and continuous support from the coalition countries, led by the Kingdom, to achieve the desired goals and aspirations of the Yemeni people and their legitimate leadership.

It also reflects the Kingdom's role in achieving security and stability in the sisterly Republic of Yemen.


Saudi Armed Forces Participate in Eager Lion 2024 Exercise in Jordan

The armed forces participating in the exercise carried out field maneuvers alongside troops from 32 countries. - SPA
The armed forces participating in the exercise carried out field maneuvers alongside troops from 32 countries. - SPA
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Saudi Armed Forces Participate in Eager Lion 2024 Exercise in Jordan

The armed forces participating in the exercise carried out field maneuvers alongside troops from 32 countries. - SPA
The armed forces participating in the exercise carried out field maneuvers alongside troops from 32 countries. - SPA

Units from the Saudi Armed Forces continue their participation in the Eager Lion 2024 exercise held in Jordan, SPA reported.

The armed forces participating in the exercise carried out field maneuvers alongside troops from 32 countries.
The field exercises involved joint targeting operations, missile air defense, and counter-terrorism operations in populated areas, in addition to hostage-liberation operations, defense and attack operations with vehicles and tanks, cyber operations, information operations, and strategic communications.
The exercise aims to exchange experiences and train on planning and implementing joint and missile defense operations, in addition to carrying out anti-terrorism and maritime security operations to confront regional threats.

It also intends to train the participating forces on border security operations and develop the capabilities of military units to confront and manage crises.


King Salman to Undergo Treatment Program at Al-Salam Palace

Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters
Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters
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King Salman to Undergo Treatment Program at Al-Salam Palace

Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters
Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, completed medical examinations on Sunday at the Royal Clinics of Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.
According to a statement by the Royal Court, it was revealed that King Salman has lung inflammation, and will undergo a treatment program consisting of antibiotics at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah until the inflammation clears.


Saudi Arabia Says Following Reports About Raisi Helicopter with ‘Great Concern’

Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Saudi Arabia Says Following Reports About Raisi Helicopter with ‘Great Concern’

Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Saudi Arabia expressed its support for Iran and said it was ready to provide any assistance required after a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashed on Sunday.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry also said the Kingdom was following reports about the crash with "great concern,” according to the Saudi state news agency.


Saudi Foreign Minister Makes Phone Call to Pakistan’s Deputy PM and FM

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
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Saudi Foreign Minister Makes Phone Call to Pakistan’s Deputy PM and FM

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, made a phone call on Sunday to Pakistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ishaq Dar.

During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, opportunities for developing them in various fields, and discussed preliminary arrangements for the visit of the Crown Prince and Prime Minister to Pakistan, which will be scheduled at a later date through agreement between the two sides.

They also discussed the dangerous developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, as well as the latest regional and international developments.


Saudi King to Undergo Tests at Al Salam Palace Royal Clinics in Jeddah

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
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Saudi King to Undergo Tests at Al Salam Palace Royal Clinics in Jeddah

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz will undergo medical tests on Sunday due to "high temperature and joint pain,” state news agency SPA reported.

The examinations will be conducted at the royal clinics at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah.

“The treating medical team decided to conduct some examinations to diagnose his health condition and to check on his health,” the statement said.

 


Saudi Crown Prince, US National Security Adviser Discuss Strategic Agreements Between the 2 Countries

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA
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Saudi Crown Prince, US National Security Adviser Discuss Strategic Agreements Between the 2 Countries

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan met to discuss Israel's war in Gaza and seek to complete a broad bilateral agreement, the Saudi state news agency reported on Sunday.

The meeting in the Saudi city of Dhahran included reviewing "the semi-final version of the draft strategic agreements between the two countries, which are almost being finalized," a statement read.
The Crown Prince and Sullivan also discussed the need to find a "credible track for bringing about the two-state solution" for Israel and the Palestinians, and to stop the war in Gaza and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid, the statement said.


Saudi Crown Prince Meets with UAE President in al-Khobar

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)
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Saudi Crown Prince Meets with UAE President in al-Khobar

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received on Friday United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in the Eastern Region.

Bader Al Asaker, head of the private office of the Crown Prince, posted on the X platform a photo of the two leaders at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar city.


Saudi King Salman Issues Royal Order Promoting 26 Judges at Board of Grievances

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)
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Saudi King Salman Issues Royal Order Promoting 26 Judges at Board of Grievances

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued on Friday a royal order to promote 26 judges at the Board of Grievances.

President of the Board of Grievances and Administrative Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Yousef said the royal order underscores the keenness of the wise leadership on supporting the judiciary and developing its performance.