No. 635

Arabian Gulf Elites and Their Role in the Renaissance of the Region

  • 12 December 2018

Like any populous and active society, Gulf societies have always enjoyed an abundance of men and women elites and pioneers in all areas of life. However, these elites have not been given the attention they deserve, depriving our fellow Arabs outside the region from knowing about them, their work, and their contributions. This has also stressed the prevalent perception that the Gulf region is known only for its oil fields, deserts, Bedouin tribes, and camel herds. Moreover, the lack of extensive scholarly work shedding light on Gulf elites, their roles in building the modern civil state as well as their activities in the finance and business worlds, decades before the discovery of oil, has resulted in a knowledge gap among young Gulf generations, for the most part since school curricula fail to mention such issues.

Therefore, it is necessary for Gulf intellectuals to dedicate their research and writing to highlight Gulf elites, including technocrats who moved up the ladder of knowledge and higher academic disciplines before serving in the government, and politicians who engaged in political and social action to ensure the independence and sovereignty of their countries, in addition to those who opted for economic activities and became prominent figures in the business world. There are also those who invested their knowledge in the fields of culture, creativity, and enlightenment; those who dedicated their talents to improve the artistic taste of their fellow citizens whether through theater, cinema, television, and music; and those who joined foreign universities to study specialized scientific disciplines that aim to resolve many of the difficulties facing humanity.

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