Omar Al-Ubaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

The Gulf needs fewer project managers and more thinkers

The Gulf countries are obsessed with pushy project managers who can “get things done.” While competent project managers are an essential component of effective government, their value is enhanced by......

ChatGPT destroying jobs is a good thing

For the first time, all labor market echelons simultaneously fear losing their jobs due to a new technology, and not just a small minority of “luddites.” The good news is that this offers humanity the......

ChatGPT offers Gulf countries an opportunity to close the educational gap

The Gulf countries have been behind their Western peers in education for decades, and they are struggling to catch up. ChatGPT raises the possibility of a revolution in education that will temporarily......

What the Gulf countries should learn from the UK asylum controversy

The UK is currently gripped by controversy regarding how to handle asylum seekers entering its shores. The Gulf countries have their own, distinct brand of immigration challenges, but there is a......

The Gulf should emulate the US Federal Reserve Research Division

As the world economy’s structure continues to evolve unpredictably, the need for high quality research as an input into policy decisions grows. The heavy investment model used by the US central bank......

The sinister side of recommending people for jobs in the Gulf

Recommending people for jobs should be an exercise in impersonally conveying information you have about someone’s suitability for a position. In the Gulf, it can sometimes be about putting someone in......

Criticizing whataboutism contradicts supporting rule of law

In discussions of international relations, people who see themselves as morally righteous often dismiss their critics as being guilty of “whataboutism,” a pejorative term that implies the use of......

Will Arsenal and Manchester City compete in the European Super League next season?

A year ago, plans for a European Super League lay in tatters, with Arsenal joining other clubs in issuing groveling apologies to their fans. Now, the idea has been unexpectedly resurrected by......