Arab world has 'too many politicians' and 'too little managers', says Sheikh Mohammed

Dubai ruler says political discourse in the Arab world is a 'waste of time', urging politicians to let their achievements speak for themselves
Arab world has 'too many politicians' and 'too little managers', says Sheikh Mohammed
Sheikh Mohammed used the hashtag “life has taught me” to tackle a number of issues facing the Arab world.
By Lubna Hamdan
Sun 05 Aug 2018 10:01 AM

The Arab world has a management crisis due to having too many politicians and too little managers, according to Sheikh Mohammed, vice president and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed used the hashtag “life has taught me” to tackle a number of issues facing the Arab world.

“We have a surplus of politicians in the Arab world, and a shortage of managers. Our crisis is a managerial one, not one of resources,” he said.

The leader suggested regional oil-rich countries learn from Asian nations, which he praised for evolving despite their limited natural resources.

“Look at what China and Japan accomplished without having natural resources, [while] countries rich with oil, gas, water and human labour lack development. Some of them can’t even provide basic services such as road infrastructure and electricity for their people,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammed added that political speeches are unnecessary and a ‘waste of time’, urging politicians to let their achievements speak for themselves.

“Life has taught me that political discourse in our Arab world is a waste of time, a corruption of morals, a waste of resources... Either great achievements speak for themselves or [you get] hollow speeches with meaningless words…” he said.

He criticised politicians in the Arab world for interfering in the economy, education, media and even sports, as opposed to making the lives of consumers, academics, businessmen and press easier.

“A politician’s job is to make the lives of people easier, and to solve crisis instead of creating them. And to build achievements instead of destroy them,” he said.

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