A leading liberal voice in Saudi Arabia, Dr Al Gosaibi obtained his early education in Bahrain, where he has relatives, and where later on in his long career he served as Saudi Ambassador.
From the UAE, Sultan Al Qassemi tweets:
I would say this about a very small number of people in power: The Arab world is a better place because Ghazi Al Gosaibi was born into it.
Bahraini Yacoub Al Slaise adds:
Last night I told my friend that our generation doesn't have a TRUE role model, I was wrong and he passed away today #GHAZI
iLandBahrain feels the loss:
Ghazi Al-Gosaibi – voice of enlightenment and reason – You will be sorely missed ♥ God bless your beautiful soul ♥
And bint battuta digs into her archive:
In memory of Ghazi Al Gosaibi, an old post on my blog (in Arabic): “The pleasure of not having to understand” http://is.gd/eiC1U
The announcement of Dr Al Gosaibi's death on his fan page on Facebook has attracted more than 750 messages so far, from across the world.
Hussain Hashem writes:
فلم نوفه حقه الا بعد وفاته
حزنتك لفراقك كما لو كنت من أعز أقربائي
My sadness for losing you is similar to having lost one of my dearest relatives.
Nora Aboushoushah adds:
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die..
U will always be in my heart..
books.. have inspired my life.. touched my heart..brought me so much
joy.. enlightened me.. made me laugh & cry.. helped me make some
My number 1 writer.. u will live forever..
From Saudi Arabia, Crossroads Arabia‘s John Burgess says:
I’m truly sorry to read of the passing of Ghazi Al-Gosaibi. Not only did I know and like him, but he represented the sort of government official who is in far too short a supply in Saudi Arabia. His love for his country and for his fellow Saudis was amply demonstrated by the regulations he sought to create to bring more Saudi women into the workplace, to control the explosive growth of expatriate labor, to reduce the unemployment problem that desperately needs a solution.
Dr. Ghazi Algosaibi passed away at the age of 70, a career Saudi government man who held more high positions than anyone in my limited knowledge of government officials and ministers, what I know is he was criticized for reasons I thought were absurd, so I knew he was on the right track.
Recently the Information Minister Aziz Khoja lifted the ban which was imposed on some of his literary works, which made me wonder, how one can be a Saudi minister and still have some of his books banned from the market? I am sure I am not alone in wondering about that
Bougi, meanwhile, describes Dr Al Gosaibi as “a one of a kind gentleman.” The blogger adds:
As Labour Minister, he urged unemployed young Saudi men to take the jobs they had traditionally left for foreigners, driving his point home by memorably serving hamburgers at a fast food restaurant in Jeddah.
As well as his ”9 to 5”, Mr. Al Gosaibi's literary works included a series of novels discussing corruption at home, Arab alienation and essays analysing relations between Islam and the West. His poems were touching, profound and relative to many, from all walks of life.
Kuwaiti Ain Bhaghzi too is moved and writes:
And writing at the Angry Arab News Service, Lebanese American Dr Asad Abu Khalil describes Dr Al Gosaibi as ” an interesting writer and poet who squandered his talents and his skills in the service of House of Saud.”
He further notes:
This Saudi ambassador and Minister died: the ban on all his books was
lifted weeks before his death, when he was on his deathbed.