Omar Al-Ubaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

Gulf countries are not producing enough research about diversification

The Gulf countries are attempting something globally unprecedented: transitioning from resource dependence to a knowledge economy while maintaining high living standards. A critical success factor is......

Blaming fossil fuel companies for climate change is hypocritical

A recently published study concluded that fossil fuel companies owe climate reparations over $200 billion a year to compensate communities damaged by their pollutive activities. This line of thinking......

The Arab dysfunction of tearing down ‘homegrown stars’

While successful people in all societies have their detractors, Arabs suffer from an unusual phenomenon where they prefer to celebrate non-Arabs’ successes over those of Arabs, often taking great......

The Gulf governments need to openly discuss the risks of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is entering a phase where it raises more questions than answers, and human critical thinking is essential for ensuring that the technology remains benign. Each country has its......

Why we should eliminate monopolizing the discussion on discrimination 

Eliminating discrimination is a worthy societal goal. However, the unwritten rule that only members of group X can discuss discrimination about group X, and that everyone else can only listen and......

Exploiting expatriate workers inflates the ego of Gulf project managers

In the Gulf, there is an over-representation of project managers whose primary skill is their willingness to ruthlessly hound underlings. This phenomenon is caused by the abundance of easily......

Why newspapers infrequently quote locals on Middle East affairs

When top Western newspapers report about the Middle East and quote experts, there is a notable bias in favor of ones based in the West, while local experts get minimal exposure. All sides are at fault......

While embracing its benefits Muslims must be wary of artificial intelligence

Islam is a progressive religion that allows its adherents to get the best out of new technologies. Artificial intelligence (AI) brings many promising opportunities for Muslims, but it also contains......