Spill the beans
By christophersaul on Nov 23, 2009
My last post mentioned that I had just learnt, via Twitter, that Sheikh Mohammed met recently with David Miliband, Britain's Foreign Secretary.
I would love to be a fly on the wall in these kinds of meetings. Britain has a long and close association with the UAE, something that I clearly have a personal interest in. Let's hope Mr Miliband did a good job. British foreign policy clearly needs to have close relations with Gulf states as a high priority. Seeing Sarkozy marching around promising co-operation on nuclear power and muscling in on military relations should be a motivating factor here :)
I would like to see Gulf nationals studying in the UK as a preference over the US, for example. The US seems easier, as well as culturally more attractive a place to go. We need to address that as best we can.
I would love to hear Sheikh Mo's feelings when it comes to the British statesmen he has spoken to over the years. They have come and gone over the years and he will have met many leading figures.
What would he think? Are the current bunch better than previous incumbents of power? Does he see a general decline? Where things better way back when, or better now? Or are things very much the same, with a fair sprinkling of outstanding candidates amongst the general dross?
I don't know if it's because I am simply getting older or because more transparency in government reveals the foibles and farces that used to stay hidden, but the current bunch of British 'leaders' do very little for me.
I would also love to hear Sheikh Mo's feelings on the various Brits he has known who have played a role in the development of the UAE - those who have helped build the armed forces and police, for example. He should be able to provide some fascinating insight on the calibre of individuals who have come to work in the UAE and Dubai in various capacities over the years.