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Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

Gulf visions should make people less tardy

People in the Gulf can be infuriatingly bad timekeepers. A key cause is the fact that the region never industrialized, meaning that the stakes for punctuality have always been relatively low. Among...

Social barriers remain for women reaching top positions in the Gulf

While Gulf women have made considerable progress during the last 20 years, their representation in corporate boards and executive management teams remains low. This is partially due to the role that...

Inflation is an opportunity to recalibrate Gulf public sector salaries

The generous nature of public sector salaries in the Gulf contributes to the chronic weakness of the private sector, and its perpetual dependence on migrant workers. The current bout of consumer price...

Divide and rule policies fail organizations in the Gulf

When an organization in the Gulf is saddled with an incompetent leader, a frequent phenomenon is the use of divide and rule within the body. The chief pits high-ranking subordinates against one...

Arabic language kid’s books need to improve

Reading is central to a child’s intellectual formation. Arab children are disadvantaged compared to their English-speaking peers because of gaps in the texts available to early readers. For Arabs to...

Bitcoin shows that the get-rich-quick dream never dies

Cryptocurrencies are valuable to the global economy, but too many people mistakenly believe that Bitcoin and its cousins will make them super-rich. Whether it was the lost city of El Dorado in the...

The tightrope that economists turned politicians must walk

Treasury Secretary Dr Janet Yellen has always been a first-rate economist, and as US Treasury Secretary, she has become a cabinet level politician, too. During a recent Senate hearing, she discovered...

Cooperation between government agencies remains weak in Arab countries

Effective government requires agencies to cooperate because modern problems are too complex to be solved by a single ministry working alone. In the Arab world, such collaboration is often hamstrung by...