By Ahmed Khan, The Rahnuma Daily Editor-In-Chief (Online English Edition), @editor_therahnuma, email@example.com
(RAHNUMA) Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, who is announced as the next in line to his father’s throne, has overseen many reforms during his tenure, such as the upcoming end of the ban on female drivers in the Kingdom. Add to that the lifting of a long-standing ban on public cinemas, and the opening of sporting stadiums to women, the country has seen vast reforms under his ambitious Vision 2030 plan. To celebrate, we’ve gathered some of his most powerful soundbites which highlight the bold reforms he is ushering into the kingdom.
On Islam in Saudi Arabia
“We want to go back to what we were: moderate Islam. Saudi Arabia was not like this before 1979,” the royal said in a Fox News interview at Future Investment Initiative. “We want to go back to what we were, the moderate Islam that’s open to all religions. We want to live a normal life… Coexist and contribute to the world.”
On the kingdom’s future
“Neom, gives you the sense that this is a name of the future. You feel like Neom is a name from outer space” the Crown Prince said in an interview with Fox News.
“We try to work only with the dreamers,” Crown Prince Mohammed told investors last year while announcing the new Neom mega-city project, according to Arab News. “This place is not for conventional people or companies.”
On the changing face of women’s rights
“I just want to remind the world that American women had to wait long to get their right to vote. So we need time. We have taken many steps,” the royal told Bloomberg. “In King Salman’s time, women were able to vote for the first time and 20 women won in these elections. Women can now work in any sector. In business and commerce, as a lawyer, in the political field and in all sectors. Women can carry out any jobs they want. What is left is that we support women for the future and I don’t think there are obstacles we can’t overcome.”
On the status of women
“I support Saudi Arabia, and half of Saudi Arabia is women. So I support women,” he said in a 2018 interview to The Atlantic.
On the guardianship law
“Before 1979 there were societal guardianship customs but no guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia,” the Crown Prince added in the same interview to The Atlantic. “It doesn’t go back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. In the 1960’s women didn’t travel with male guardians. But it happens now, and we want to move on it and figure out a way to treat this that doesn’t harm families and doesn’t harm the culture.”
On his dream
“My dream as a young man in Saudi Arabia, and the dreams of men in Saudi Arabia are so many, and I try to compete with them and their dreams, and they compete with mine, to create a better Saudi Arabia,” he told The Economist in 2016.
What he fears
“I fear that the day I die, I am going to die without accomplishing what I have in my mind,” MBS told the New York Times. “Life is too short, and a lot of things can happen, and I am really keen to see it with my own eyes – and that is why I am in a hurry.”
Ahmed Khan is the Editor-In-Chief & Publisher of The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper. Established in 1921, ReDD is ranked by the INA (Indian Newspaper Association) as among the top five most widely circulated Urdu newspapers in India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home with his uncle H.E. Mr. Syed Vicaruddin, Editor-In-Chief, Publisher, The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily. He can be contacted at, @editor_therahnuma, firstname.lastname@example.org