Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

What analysts get wrong about Saudi oil policy

After Russia’s withdrawal from OPEC+ and the sharp fall in oil prices, many analysts have framed the scenario as a head-to-head battle between Russia and Saudi Arabia. This line of thinking is...

Saudi ‘instant visa’ and the challenges of open labor markets

  The Saudi government’s new “instant visa” fast tracks the process of hiring foreign workers for nascent firms, and is accompanied by a one-year grace period on Saudization...

Coronavirus calculus: Unpacking the economic costs of pandemics

The health threats posed by the coronavirus have dominated media for the last month, and in the Arab world, they have become tangible, with the number of cases rising. While it remains too early to...

Saudi Arabia is not ready to close the door on low-skilled immigrants

The UK recently announced the suspension of visas for low-skilled immigrants. Emulating this policy might seem attractive to Saudi Arabia, which is striving to create jobs for nationals, but doing so...

Saudi Arabia is reforming its justice system, but quick decisions must be just

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice,” said the French philosopher Montesquieu, and that is why judicial reform,...

IMF orthodoxy meets hysterical response in the Gulf on a slow news day

The International Monetary Fund’s latest report on Gulf oil wealth, which contained the worrying prediction that “at the current fiscal stance, the region’s financial wealth could be...

Measuring where the responsibility lies for the climate crisis

A burning question at the heart of the climate crisis is: “Where does the responsibility lie?” Extinction Rebellion would have everyone stop driving cars immediately, while other climate...

Saudi FDI increases, but leaves room for improvement

Saudi inward foreign direct investment reached its highest growth rate for the past decade in the first nine months of 2019, but its contribution remains significantly below the Vision 2030 goals....