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Saudi Arabia’s Great Makeover Can’t Afford to Fail This Time

The real pain is just starting as the kingdom’s new young crown prince implements his ambitious plans.
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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Arrives At The White House To Meet With Obama

Visitors to Saudi Arabia could be forgiven for thinking the country just got a dynamic young new king. Images of him holding babies, drinking coffee with soldiers or meeting the world’s most powerful rulers are all over television. On National Day last month, a giant picture of him was projected onto a Riyadh skyscraper.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, has emerged as the unrivaled leader of the kingdom, now better placed to steer it through a transition no nation in history has managed to pull off: converting a major economy reliant on petrodollars into one that can survive in a post-oil 21st century.