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Jun 08

Noble, Eleanor and the Diplomatic Quarter

Jun 08, 2022

Passed by Riyadh to meet my fellow serial expat friends Noble Coker and his wonderful wife Eleanor. I know Noble from his times at Hong Kong Disneyland and when he was heading Chinese theme park developers Dalian Wanda Group & Kaisa Group. Last year he became CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter, a landscaped district in Saudi Arabia's capital hosting a record 80+ foreign embassies. Noble knows every diplomat in there, and boy, every time we talk I feel he really is the epitome of an ethical, value-driven top executive.

If everyone were to live abroad, there'd be no wars, so from me to all the diplomats out there: with the Cold War having turned Hot with a 30-year delay, we really need you now!! Putting that genie back in the bottle may prove a colossal diplomatic challenge, but there is no alternative, and hopefully the outcome will be a safer world for all. If alternatively we eventually end up with a nuclear World War, the survivors – if any – won't be busy looking back at political convictions or national pride, but forever wonder about the mind-bending collective stupidity of their ancestors. Thank you for your genuine efforts to avoid this!

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