Much has been written about the role of the Arabs in the modern world, and the extent to which they can meet the political, social, economic and environmental challenges facing them. This new book by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber penetrates to the heart of the Arab situation by a new route, giving us a summary of his own contemporary Arab experience from an intercontinental perspective, notable for its success, variety and modernity. Sheikh Mohamed has been able to scale the peaks of international corporate and institutional life, and impose his presence and voice upon them. Here, in a distillation of wisdom drawn from a unique career, he presents us with a practical account of the lessons of his success, so that they can be applied to economic and social institutions and thence to society at large.
This book is a French translation of the Arabic original, first published in 2009. It therefore pre-dates the events of the ‘Arab Spring’ and other recent upheavals in the Arab world. Its insights are none the less valid, and are just as applicable to the Arab world today as in 2009.
Indeed, they have taken on extra urgency in the light of the author’s prescient diagnosis of the Arab peoples’ thirst for democracy, human rights and proper citizenship in their own countries.