I have noticed recently that in every social setup the most dominating conversation in the room is “the wave of change in Saudi Arabia,” where the youth have become seekers of knowledge and innovation in a bid to ride the wave.
However, the real question is why has the Kingdom developed from a society that had always been programmed into a certain system, into one that is moving out of its comfort zone in the pursuit of growth?
I genuinely believe that young people have matured to understand the potential we have as a country and when this type of awareness hits home, not even the sky is the limit.
Nevertheless, the reality is that change is never easy. Some heavyweight challenges are in the pipeline and the youth will require patience.
History reveals that Saudi Arabia is not alone in meeting the challenge of change. In every developed country in the world, whether in Europe, Asia, the US or the Middle East, there was always a point where change seemed almost impossible. But then suddenly the struggle and patience paid off. The UAE is a prime example.
It is crucial that the country invests not only in the economy but also in its human relationships with the rest of the world, with the Saudi youth riding the crest of the wave.
The world perceives the UAE as a well-advanced country with huge economic potential in areas such as entertainment, science, culture, medicine and technology through its many strategic partnerships in key global markets. And it would seem the country has always been that way.
Yet the perception reflects enormous efforts to position the UAE on the global stage and proves that change is possible in a relatively short time with the right mindset, collaboration and sense of unity.
It is reassuring to know that the UAE shares the same values, culture and beliefs as Saudi Arabia which also has very similar potentials.
Regardless of the similarities the Kingdom might share with neighboring countries, Saudi Arabia has its own unique identity.
As the nation travels on its historic journey of change, it is only a matter of time before it reaches its desired level of growth. It is crucial that the country invests not only in the economy but also in its human relationships with the rest of the world, with the Saudi youth riding the crest of the wave.
• Nada Al-Tuwaijri is an adviser at the Saudi Ministry of Media.