Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

Gulf managers undermine innovation by stealing ideas from employees

In successful organizations, all employees contribute to innovation. In the Gulf, this process is undermined by predatory middle managers who steal their team members’ ideas while denying them any...

Building proper think tanks in the Middle East requires reforms and lots of patience

Arabs regularly complain about research on the Middle East conducted by western think tanks, describing it as inaccurate, misguided, and agenda-driven. These neocolonial research centers thrive...

By managing conflicts Gulf nationals can build the civil societies they yearn for

Economic success demands effective commercial, governmental, and civil society organizations. This requires organizations to adroitly manage the interpersonal conflicts that emerge when humans work...

Too much money to lose: The US war machine will create a new conflict

US presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden appear to be pulling America out of military interventions. However, it is only a matter of time until the war machine restarts.There are billions of dollars...

Talent immigration is the secret weapon the US can employ against China

In the struggle for global supremacy, the US has a massive advantage that China has yet to replicate: its ability to attract and absorb the world’s elite into its own citizenry. Unfortunately,...

Professors fail in their duty when coercing university students to study

As university students prepare to return to school, professors preparing classes must decide how to deal with disinterested students: coerce them into paying attention, or let them be. My...

Big football clubs skew VAR to their own benefit with the game’s integrity lost

In my last ever game of football in the US in 2012, as a defender with limited technique, I always played within my ability, meaning choosing short passes or aimless punts over attempting to dribble...

To infinity and beyond: Billionaires flying high should inspire us all

Much of the media reaction to billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson flying to space has been critical, focusing on the alleged repugnance of such “frivolous” spending during an unprecedented...