Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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


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 ...

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

Monday, 17 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

Monday, 10 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

Wednesday, 05 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

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 ...