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Nabil Alhakamy

The 21st Century's Greatest Success Story: A Glimpse from 2040

الخميس - 16 نوفمبر 2023

Thu - 16 Nov 2023



As the second decade of the 21st century dawned, many nations sought to make their mark on the global stage. However, by 2040, one country stood out from the rest, not just as a success story but as the most compelling and transformative journey of the century: Saudi Arabia. Under the leadership of Mohammed bin Salman and propelled by Vision 2040, the country experienced a metamorphosis that would go down in history.

Saudi Arabia is no longer an oil-rich nation but the epicenter of global innovation. With cities like Neom leading the charge, the kingdom showcased a blend of advanced technology, sustainability, and forward-thinking that became a benchmark for cities worldwide. From the northern regions to the east, research facilities nationwide continuously broke barriers in sectors from renewable energy to biotechnology. The world now looked to Saudi for the next big breakthrough, not just the next barrel of oil.

From the archaeological wonders of Al Ula to the pristine beaches of the Red Sea Project, Saudi became a magnet for global travelers. But it wasn’t just the destinations that captivated us; it was the harmonious blend of ancient traditions with ultra-modern facilities. The country crafted a unique tourism tapestry that wove in its rich history, culture, and cutting-edge amenities, making Saudi a must-visit for every global traveler.

By this year, 2040, the Saudi Arabian economy is a force to be reckoned with. Diversifying from its oil-centric past, the nation flourished in various sectors. Riyadh transformed into a global financial hub, Jeddah's ports became models for intelligent logistics, and the southern regions attracted eco-tourism and sustainable farming ventures. The kingdom's growth wasn't just vertical; it was expansive, covering sectors few had imagined.

By 2040, Saudi Arabia had firmly established itself as a global epicenter of innovation. Vision 2040's relentless pursuit of fostering innovation has yielded remarkable results. The nation had become a living testament to what visionary leadership, strategic investments, and an unwavering commitment to progress could achieve. From the advanced technological marvels of Neom to groundbreaking research in renewable energy and biotechnology, Saudi Arabia's innovation ecosystem has set new benchmarks for the world. It wasn't just about creating cutting-edge technologies but addressing global challenges, from climate change to healthcare, sustainable energy solutions, and food security. Saudi Arabia's journey has redefined the role of innovation, positioning it as the lifeblood of future economies and highlighting the nation's indispensable role in shaping global narratives and strategies.

Here, dear reader, are some examples that highlight why the success story of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considered the greatest of this century:
  • Economic Transformation: From its previous reliance on oil as a primary resource to successful diversification into various sectors, including innovation, industry, tourism, and more, it is a global economic powerhouse.
  • Innovation and Technology: Initiating a revolution in innovation and technology with significant investments in research and development.
  • Tourism: Saudi Arabia has transformed into a splendid destination, combining natural beauty, authentic culture, and modern facilities.
  • Diplomatic Role: Expanding its role in international relations and playing a crucial role in mediating regional and global conflicts.
  • Sustainability: Commitment to sustainable growth and environmental protection through innovative ecological projects.
  • Culture and Arts: Solidifying the role of culture and arts as essential elements of Saudi identity by organizing international festivals and artistic events.
  • Investment and Entrepreneurship: Supporting startups and creating an attractive investment environment.
  • Participation in Humanitarian Projects: Effective contribution to global humanitarian projects and supporting countries in times of crisis.
  • Infrastructure Development: Modernizing infrastructure, including transportation, communications, energy, technology, etc.
  • Sports and Entertainment: Hosting international sports and cultural events, making the Kingdom a global hub.

What made Saudi Arabia's journey truly remarkable was its holistic transformation. Under Vision 2040, the country didn't just evolve; it reinvented itself. The Saudi populace, empowered with education and opportunities, became active contributors to this national renaissance. Women in the workforce, technological advancements, and cultural revolutions – every facet of Saudi society echoed with progress and promise.

The success of Saudi Arabia was not confined to its borders. The nation emerged as a beacon of hope and a testament to what visionary leadership can achieve. Its metamorphosis taught the world about ambition's power, sustainable growth's importance, and the magic of melding traditions with modernity.

In this year, 2040, as the world looked back, Saudi Arabia's journey from a desert kingdom with a great heritage to a global superpower in innovation, economy, and culture was not just a success story but a success story of the century. Under the aegis of the inimitable and inspiring leader Mohammed bin Salman and the roadmap of his Vision, Saudi Arabia didn’t just meet the challenges of the times; it soared above them, crafting a legacy that would inspire generations to come.