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Saudi Arabia and the Future of the Regional Order

Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP


Saudi Arabia is in a moment of profound transformation. From allowing women to drive to rounding up prominent businessmen at Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton, the actions of the royal family – driven by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman – captured the world’s attention in 2017, and will only continue to do so in the year ahead. In this special edition of the podcast recorded in Abu Dhabi at The National newspaper, we consider the changes unfolding in Saudi Arabia from a regional perspective.



In a conversation between emerge85 Lab editor-in-chief Joseph Dana, emerge85 co-director Mishaal Al Gergawi and Mina Al Oraibi, editor of the UAE’s leading English-language newspaper The National, we unpack the challenges facing Saudi Arabia, what Western media is missing, and the future of the regional order.