The UAE has introduced Ministers for happiness, tolerance, youth and the future. Interesting read in that it acknowledges the 'Arab Spring', the age of the population and in doing so is making a positive change starting with its youth.
Achieving that goal requires reconsidering our legislative, administrative, and economic system fully to move away from dependence on oil. We need a strong and appropriate regulatory infrastructure to build a sustainable and diverse national economy for our children and their children. In writing this commentary, I want to send a clear message to others in our region that change happens by our hands only. Our region does not need a super-strong external power to stop its decline; we need the power from within that can overcome the hatred and intolerance that has blighted life in many neighboring countries.