Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

Latest Saudi growth data show to a turning point for Vision 2030

Latest growth figures from Saudi Arabia—a third quarter contraction of 0.46 percent—present a mixed picture. They demonstrate that the transformation outlined by Vision 2030 began to show...

Appetizing retail jobs await Saudi’s young night owls

A 2014 paper in the academic journal Sleep Medicine found that Saudi adolescents went to bed later than their peers in other countries, and that they were predisposed to reverse sleep cycles, whereby...

A changing Saudi Arabia needs workplace diversity: Here’s how to test for it

Saudi Arabia’s tribal and family networks have traditionally identified and trained up certain male heirs to succeed from their fathers, which has served a useful purpose in preserving and...

Saudi Arabia’s budget highlights the difficulties of job creation

The new budget of Saudi Arabia is full of fascinating insights for both citizens and foreign investors, including an update on the rich range of Vision 2030-related projects under implementation. A...

Joshua v Ruiz fight is a genuine boost to Saudi Arabia’s tourism plan

This weekend, Riyadh will host the world heavyweight title rematch between Britain’s Anthony Joshua and champion Andy Ruiz Jr of the United States, in a landmark fight dubbed the “Clash on...

France to Gulf countries: Macronian Multilateralism or Anglo-American alliance

France was unusually assertive when describing its new Middle East policy at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain last week. French Minister of Defense Florence Parly said France would protect the oppressed...

Saudi Arabia’s FII shines light on importance of foreign direct investment

Saudi Arabia is an attractive country for foreign investors for several reasons, including its market size and state capacity. After falling to $264 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, the Kingdom...

How the 2019 economics Nobel Prize winners can help Saudi Arabia

The ground-breaking theory of social experimentation that was rewarded with the Nobel Memorial Prize this year is already being used in Saudi Arabia to achieve some of the government’s social...