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Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

The GCC needs to understand foreign people and share vital interests

The GCC countries’ recent high-level visit to China concluded warmly. Still, the imbalance between the two sides extends well beyond population and economics: China understands us because it invests...

Arabia cannot woo international investors until everyone plays by the same rules

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ conviction of fraud is the latest example of a powerful individual being held accountable for greed-induced crimes. It is an illustration of the rule of law...

Accurate student assessment can reinforce inequality

COVID-19 has ensured that educational institutions can continue to offer hybrid learning after the pandemic’s conclusion. Among the benefits are greater inclusion, as geographical remoteness and...

It’s time to build on Bahrain’s successful pandemic management policy

Bahrain’s successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic is the direct result of several public administration innovations recently enacted. The benefits can be amplified if they are exported from the...

Do as I say and not as I do isn't a recipe for political success

Our ignorance about Covid makes managing the pandemic very hard even when people are willing to follow government guidelines. The job turns into mission impossible if leaders refuse to set an example,...

Population growth is no bad thing for the economy or environment

In the sustainability era, many see population growth as damaging to economic development. Yet before the days of climate change and environmental degradation, scholars found that a growing population...

Using sustainable finance theory to save the environment

People usually perceive the finance sector to be the environment’s arch enemy, with its supposed fixation on short-term profits whatever the cost. However, the theories the Goldman Sachses of this...

Corporate greed isn’t causing inflation

It might be comforting to think that the rising price inflation is caused by corporate greed. However, when senior politicians, including the president of the US himself advance such nonsense due to...