My father – a Bedouin – was born in a tent.
He went on to have a successful army career, reaching a high rank.
My mother – who never attended formal school – married him at 16. Together they raised 13 sons and daughters. I was born in the middle and I, like my siblings, now live and work around the world – from Los Angeles to London.
My parents’ story and those of their children mirrors the trajectory of Saudi Arabia itself: from a formal, strictly hierarchical tribal society proudly aware of its importance as the home of Mecca to, through oil wealth, hard work and education, an unprecedented modernisation of the country.
Read more in the i paper.