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Omar Al-Ubaydli is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain. He tweets @omareconomics.
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,...Doves and hawks set to battle over Biden’s $6 trillion budget proposal
US president Joe Biden’s $6 trillion budget proposal will take the public debt to its highest ever level, and so it must be debated thoroughly by Congress. Unfortunately, many of those well-positioned...How the other half live: Mandatory work experience for young Gulf nationals
Tackling youth unemployment is a priority for all the Gulf governments. Mandatory work experience in jobs that are culturally undesirable can help. Overcoming the dependence on migrant workers for...How to handle the Western media bias leveled against Gulf Arabs
Gulf nationals are convinced that western media has a bias against them. There is an ideological bias – western journalists find several aspects of the Gulf highly distasteful and this distorts their...Innovation over nepotism: The road ahead
Middle Eastern family businesses are usually poor innovators, and the built-in nepotism in upper management is partially to blame. The only solution is to separate ownership from control: family...Wealth tax: An Islam-friendly way to combat inequality
The Saudi tax system’s nascence allows room for experimentation. One trial that merits consideration is a wealth tax: it would combat inequality in an Islam-friendly manner, and would make foreign...Stop sneering at my religion
Universities gather the religious and non-religious in an environment where people evaluate one another’s intelligence. The non-religious often scoff at people of faith, wondering how anyone...