Let me just get this out there. Yes I’ve heard people talking about this topic, but I chose not to write about this until it was officially in press. Why? If I wrote about everything that I heard, I might as well change my name to Gossip
I thought that I’d share my 2
cents dirhams on this topic. The Telegraph wrote an article talking about “Qatar preparing for leadership change“. (Quick tangent, why doesn’t The Telegraph’s website have Qatar listed under their Middle East tab?). Here’s a bit about what they said,
“Senior figures in Qatar have briefed foreign counterparts that the time has come for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the 33-year-old crown prince to take over the leadership of the gas-rich Gulf state, the Daily Telegraph has learned.
The succession plan, which is due to be launched by the end of the month, will see Hamad bin Jassim, the prime minister and one of the biggest investors in Britain, give up his post.
Within weeks of that decision the royal court will announce that the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, who has struggled with health problems, will cede powers to the Sandhurst-educated crown prince.”
I think that’s fantastic news. Qatar is being a responsible country. I understand that there’s a transition plan, they’ve been grooming the Crown Prince for quite a while now, and he’s already familiar with Qatar’s goals and dreams. Think about it, we’ve all already got a roadmap, it’s called the Qatar Vision 2030. I don’t mean to say that this will be a walk in the park of course. Leading a country with such ambitious goals can’t be simple, but just as I trust in our Emir and Sheikha Moza, I trust in our Crown Prince.
The article continues,
“The legacy of the emir and the prime minister has been to make Qatar a player in the world,” said Michael Stephens, a Gulf researcher at the Royal United Services Institute. “It was an outpost when they took over and now it has grown into a modern city, it is one of the biggest investors in Europe and Britain, has set up a very powerful Arab television station [Al Jazeera] and has a very prominent foreign policy. That is almost all down to the driving force of those two men.”
Absolutely! It was because there was a vision, a dream, a goal, and we have leaders that care about the people. Every son, at least in Qatar, tends to live in his father’s shadow. The weak tend to forever stand in the second line, but the strong aim to outshine and create their own legacies. Personally it was a proud moment to go from “Oh you’re Saleh’s son?” to hearing people say “Oh you’re Khalifa’s father?”. Both my father and I have our own reputations, and inshallah we’re both seen as good men. We’ll both be remembered for different reasons. Sorry went off into a personal story there for a second.
Back onto the topic of a leadership change. Honestly, I’m not worried at all. In fact, I’m excited to see what new things a young, energized, open minded Qatari, will bring to Qatar.
Allah yigaweeh, wa i7na bin san-deh. (May God keep him stronger and we will be his support).
Read the full Telegraph article here: Qatar Preparing for leadership change.