By Jonas Eckdhart
As the summer arrived, I decided to take a trip to the Middle East and look at the opportunities there. Not much to my surprise, the opportunities are vast and seemingly endless. The stunning metropolis are breathtaking and as soon as they fade away, you’re greeted by the most amazing and scenic landscapes panning thousands of miles covered in mountains and sand dunes.
As i worked out at a local gym around jeddah area, I wondered that surely the spoils of wealth can’t last forever, the commodities are slowly drying up and there isn’t enough paper money to go around for everyone. So how is it that we can expect to survive in the decades to come if the concept of currency – as we know it – were to finish?
The answer was simple. It was all around me. The one simple commodity that would always be there is land. Though limited, it is vast and can be controlled and apportioned. Unlike oil or water, it doesn’t dry up and if anything, it adds more value to the world based on what you actually put on that piece of land.
This, of course, is good and bad news. Where the option of owning land brings in a lot of opportunity. The misuse of such privilege can prove to be disastrous to millions of people i thought as i pushed harder in my jeddah gymnasium workout. Mismanagement and misappropriation of land among the people would most certainly mean that it is highly likely for a new elite to rise among people. The ones that scoop up the most land.
Instances of such practice can be seen already. Where the wealthy elite from the Middle East have acquired some of the most prime locations in Europe and Africa. They’re among the only few who can afford to take part in this game and they’re coming on top.
As i finished and left the gym for jeddah that night, i only hoped that my findings aren’t totally accurate and that the future of the world doesn’t totally rely on the ownership of land because in my opinion that would do more good than bad.