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Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain. He tweets @omareconomics.

Retired Gulf officials are left flapping in the wind

When high-ranking officials such as ministers reach the end of their government service in the West, they often transition to think tanks and civil society. Such organizations can make great use of...

The culture of meetings in the Gulf destroys productivity

Adopting the proper process for running a meeting impacts that meeting’s effectiveness. In the Gulf, the culture of corporate meetings is close to being the exact opposite of how to get good results,...

False victimhood is the new form of corruption

Some people always seek an unfair advantage whatever system they operate in. Today, thanks to advances in administrative sciences, many of the traditional forms of corruption have become difficult....

Woke research rules will hurt vulnerable groups

The leading academic journal Nature Human Behaviour published an editorial indicating that it will explicitly discriminate against research that “undermines — or could reasonably be perceived to...

Gulf countries can attract tourists avoiding hot European summers

It is becoming harder for tourists heading to Europe to experience comfortable temperatures. This opens the door for the Gulf countries to attract global travelers who traditionally head to the likes...

Interagency animosity stops Arab governments adopting best practices

Good public administration is complicated, but modern governments have an easier job because they have many successful models to emulate. Arab governments often fail due to their inability to enable...

UN chief Guterres’ proposal to tax energy profits worsens the crisis

Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged a tax on the “grotesque greed” of oil and gas companies as low-income groups worldwide struggle with rising energy prices. The goodness of...

Gulf tourists need to be more curious about other cultures

Gulf families frequently visit other countries as tourists. However, during their travels, they tend to fixate on shopping, leisure, beaches, and the countryside. They often lack interest in learning...