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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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Saudi FDI increases, but leaves room for improvement

Thursday, 30 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

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

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

Appetizing retail jobs await Saudi’s young night owls

Sunday, 05 January 2020

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

A changing Saudi Arabia needs workplace diversity: Here’s how to test for it

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Saudi Arabia’s tribal and family networks have traditionally identified and trained up certain ...

Saudi Arabia’s budget highlights the difficulties of job creation

Friday, 13 December 2019

The new budget of Saudi Arabia is full of fascinating insights for both citizens and foreign ...

Joshua v Ruiz fight is a genuine boost to Saudi Arabia’s tourism plan

Wednesday, 04 December 2019

This weekend, Riyadh will host the world heavyweight title rematch between Britain’s Anthony ...

France to Gulf countries: Macronian Multilateralism or Anglo-American alliance

Sunday, 01 December 2019

France was unusually assertive when describing its new Middle East policy at the Manama Dialogue in ...

Saudi Arabia’s FII shines light on importance of foreign direct investment

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Saudi Arabia is an attractive country for foreign investors for several reasons, including its ...

How the 2019 economics Nobel Prize winners can help Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The ground-breaking theory of social experimentation that was rewarded with the Nobel Memorial Prize ...

Saudi Arabia has limited its use of foreign consultants. But why now?

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Last month, government entities within Saudi Arabia were instructed to use domestic consultancies ...

Developing Saudi Arabian minerals is a key step toward diversification

Wednesday, 02 October 2019

On Sunday, the Kingdom’s Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) announced it had ...

Why a Boris Johnson government could benefit the Gulf countries

Monday, 22 July 2019

Boris Johnson is widely expected to be unveiled as the new prime minister of the UK tomorrow. His ...

Why developing countries should be wary of foreign aid

Monday, 15 July 2019

As part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has been offering many countries foreign aid in ...

Why the GCC and EU should restart negotiations on a free trade agreement

Wednesday, 03 July 2019

On June 27 and 28, a large Gulf delegation traveled to Berlin to participate in the first ...

Why is civic honesty lacking in Arab, Islamic countries?

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Late June saw the leading scientific journal, Science, publish an article ranking a sample of 40 ...

Should the Gulf countries ditch customs taxes?

Monday, 17 June 2019

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries currently have a single market with a common external ...

Why Saudi Arabia should consider increasing some public sector salaries

Sunday, 09 June 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is predicated upon making the private sector more attractive to ...

Should the China-US trade dispute worry Gulf countries?

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

US President Donald Trump has been ratcheting up the pressure on China in the Sino-American trade ...

Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the perils of military involvement in the economy

Tuesday, 07 May 2019

The IMF’s April 2019 Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East and Central Asia offered ...

Why are investors so interested in Saudi Arabia?

Sunday, 28 April 2019

The New York Times editorial board recently published an editorial bemoaning corporations’ ...

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