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Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

COLUMNISTS
Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

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Why scaring people about the coronavirus can backfire

Thursday, 28 May 2020

The communications strategy of many governments is predicated on alerting people to the grave danger ...

Saudi Arabia reaps the benefit of establishing VAT

Friday, 15 May 2020

The coronavirus has caused the largest global economic crisis in nearly 100 years, forcing ...

The coronavirus pandemic reopens the debate about the ethics of experimentation

Saturday, 09 May 2020

The shutdown of nonessential businesses could cost the US economy nearly $6 trillion per year of ...

How to put a value on human life? A policymaker’s dilemma in time of coronavirus

Monday, 27 April 2020

The coronavirus is presenting policymakers with a tradeoff between economic and public health ...

Why global leaders are right to avoid giving deadlines to lift coronavirus lockdowns

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

In the midst of economically crippling lockdowns, global leaders are largely refraining from giving ...

Why do footballers expect to be paid for doing nothing?

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Superstar athletes, such as professional soccer players in the English Premier League, have been ...

How did governments suddenly find the money for a huge coronavirus stimulus?

Sunday, 05 April 2020

As the world wrestles with the coronavirus, some of the economic figures are eye-watering: in the US ...

How the coronavirus pandemic can help good leaders to clean house

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

If the coronavirus death toll makes for grim reading, then the economic fallout is scarcely better. ...

Forced working from home under coronavirus may spell the end of useless meetings

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Few workplaces are spared the torture of useless meetings. Among the coronavirus clouds, a silver ...

Why OPEC should welcome a US shale-oil bailout

Thursday, 12 March 2020

The sharp fall in oil prices threatens thousands of shale oil jobs, reportedly pushing an ...

What analysts get wrong about Saudi oil policy

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

After Russia’s withdrawal from OPEC+ and the sharp fall in oil prices, many analysts have ...

Saudi ‘instant visa’ and the challenges of open labor markets

Saturday, 07 March 2020

  The Saudi government’s new “instant visa” fast tracks the process of hiring ...

Coronavirus calculus: Unpacking the economic costs of pandemics

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

The health threats posed by the coronavirus have dominated media for the last month, and in the Arab ...

Saudi Arabia is not ready to close the door on low-skilled immigrants

Saturday, 22 February 2020

The UK recently announced the suspension of visas for low-skilled immigrants. Emulating this policy ...

Saudi Arabia is reforming its justice system, but quick decisions must be just

Sunday, 16 February 2020

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the ...

IMF orthodoxy meets hysterical response in the Gulf on a slow news day

Sunday, 09 February 2020

The International Monetary Fund’s latest report on Gulf oil wealth, which contained the ...

Measuring where the responsibility lies for the climate crisis

Tuesday, 04 February 2020

A burning question at the heart of the climate crisis is: “Where does the responsibility ...

Saudi FDI increases, but leaves room for improvement

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Saudi inward foreign direct investment reached its highest growth rate for the past decade in the ...

Latest Saudi growth data show to a turning point for Vision 2030

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Latest growth figures from Saudi Arabia—a third quarter contraction of 0.46 ...

Appetizing retail jobs await Saudi’s young night owls

Saturday, 04 January 2020

A 2014 paper in the academic journal Sleep Medicine found that Saudi adolescents went to bed later ...

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