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Omar Al-Ubaydli is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain. He tweets @omareconomics.
Gulf universities need to lower the high teaching burden placed on their professors which currently undermines the potential for more research output from Gulf economies. This is a key and necessary...No major surgery needed as telemedicine streamlines healthcare
Telemedicine made a slow start, but Covid-19 has given it a boost. While many physicians and patients remain reluctant, despite compelling benefits, much of the hesitancy is due to false perceptions...Education is key in the fight against elite mafias trying to control governments
In July 2021, 130 countries announced coordinated reforms to prevent multinationals evading tax. Many rejoiced at the prospect of Amazon and Facebook finally paying their fair share. However, unless...The Gulf is swamped with lazy project managers: It's time for a change
Among their citizens’ talent pool, the Gulf countries are awash with project managers with huge egos, while lacking productive specialists, such as data scientists and sales managers. Realizing their...The profit motive drives innovation, not government
The Gulf countries spend a small proportion of their income on research and development (R&D), and it has a modest return in terms of innovation and economic growth. Part of the reason is that the...Tackling academic gangsters can only happen when the science community fights back
Science is increasingly being perverted by research mafias. These academic gangsters distort the process of evaluating and certifying research as they seek a larger slice of the pie. Promoting bad...Cutting-edge research in universities can’t rely on Zoom
Covid-19 has increased people’s appetite for remote higher education. However, Zoom has failed to recreate the informal and spontaneous interactions that typify daily campus life, and so traditional...Fighting xenophobia hand-in-hand with the battle against COVID-19
Xenophobia always rises during crises such as Covid-19. In the Gulf, a popular manifestation has been blaming migrant workers for the disease’s spread. Such sentiments contribute to reckless behavior,...