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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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Coronavirus: Gulf universities can learn from Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine project

Sunday, 26 July 2020

The University of Oxford is leading the world in the quest for what would be a hugely valuable COVID ...

Cancel culture: Dangerous mob rule or new form of accountability?

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Recently both celebrities and ordinary people have found themselves being “canceled” – a new term ...

Adapt and overcome: Gulf family businesses need to evolve to survive

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Family businesses in the Gulf are some of the strongest in the region and across the world, but ...

Coronavirus lockdown: Can we save lives and protect the economy during COVID-19?

Sunday, 28 June 2020

The coronavirus lockdowns have become a highly polarizing issue. Some believe that there is a clear ...

Does coronavirus prove women make better leaders? Ask Finland, Iceland or New Zealand

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Thanks to social media and news reports, people realize that some of the best performing countries ...

Coronavirus: Central banks must lend directly to business, or risk economic collapse

Sunday, 14 June 2020

The unique circumstances of the 2020 coronavirus crisis mean that giving banks access to cheap ...

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

Friday, 13 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

Wednesday, 11 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

Sunday, 08 March 2020

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

Coronavirus calculus: Unpacking the economic costs of pandemics

Thursday, 27 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

Sunday, 23 February 2020

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

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