Omar Al-Ubaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

Arabs must celebrate and build upon Earthshot Prize success

The UK’s Prince William recently announced that the Omani climate change company 44.01 was one of the five winners of the prestigious Earthshot prize for environmental innovation. Arabs must celebrate......

Sports success should not draw Gulf countries’ attention from innovation

The Gulf countries are experiencing considerable success in using sports as a source of income. However, given the Gulf countries’ lofty aspirations, sports must always be a secondary driver of......

Joint Sino-American sanctions can help the environment

US President Joe Biden’s meeting with Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping in Indonesia affirmed the need to cooperate on “transnational challenges such as climate change.” The world’s two most......

FTX collapse reminds us how seductive get rich quick schemes are

The stunning collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX is a stark reminder that there are only three ways to accumulate wealth: work hard, have an inside track, or be lucky. Sadly, the false dream of......

Elon Musk and the woke left need one another

Entrepreneur Elon Musk and Twitter’s woke left-leaning users have declared war on one another. Victory for either side would be pyrrhic, as the mutual antagonists have a symbiotic relationship, even......

Europe must ask itself why it doesn’t have its own Twitter

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has made many Europeans wary of the hate speech that may now become permissible, driving them to embrace government regulation of social media. The ownership change is......

Gulf managers crush curiosity and undermine their teams

For a team to excel, people must feel safe enough to ask their colleagues probing questions, and to receive them in return. In the Gulf, the prevailing culture works in the opposite direction, as......

Oil prices are playing a marginal role in US inflation

Democrats’ anger with OPEC+’s decision to cut production is partially fueled by a belief that rising oil prices are driving consumer price inflation. This perception is inaccurate, since oil......