Omar Al-Ubaydli

Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW

Omar Al-Ubaydli is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is also an affiliated associate professor of economics at George Mason University; an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center; an adjunct visiting professor at the King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals; and a non-resident fellow at Trends, UAE. His research interests include political economy, experimental economics, and the economics of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Al-Ubaydli previously served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists and a visiting professor of economics at the University of Chicago. He regularly publishes his research in international peer-reviewed academic journals, and his mainstream media articles appear in Arabic- and English-language newspapers and blogs such as Al-Hayat, The National, Forbes Opinion, and US News. Al-Ubaydli earned his BA in economics from the University of Cambridge and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

What’s in Store for the Gulf Region in 2022?

AGSIW hosted a session as part of Gulf Intelligence’s Global UAE Energy Forum 2022: “What’s in Store for the Gulf Region in 2022?”

The European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council: A New Path for Cooperation?

On September 23, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining prospects and challenges for increased cooperation between the EU and Gulf countries.

Reaching for the Golden Ticket: Long-Term Residency and Citizenship Schemes in the Gulf

On June 2, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the economic future of expatriates and citizens in the Gulf.

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Why is GCC Inflation So Low?

Consumer prices have risen much less in the Gulf states than in the United Kingdom and United States largely because of the idiosyncrasies of GCC economies.

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VAT Hike in Bahrain Points to Fiscal Challenges, Unattractive Choices Government Faced

Even though an increase in the VAT seems the most viable option, higher levels of public buy-in could be secured through greater transparency in fiscal policy.

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Gulf States’ Demographics Favorable to the Growth of the Sharing Economy

Gulf governments see the sharing economy as a source of jobs for young people and promising outlet for entrepreneurs.

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Bahrain’s Path to a Balanced Budget

Many natural resource-dependent countries have tried to restructure government finances in the wake of falling commodity prices, with little success. However, Bahrain’s current efforts may bear fruit.

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Bahrain Moving toward Implementation of U.N. SDGs

Bahrain recently hosted the sixth meeting of the interagency and expert group on the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), gathering international experts from dozens of countries and U.N.

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Bahrain Beckons Tourists as It Diversifies Its Economy

Augustine of Hippo once remarked: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” In the last few years, the Bahraini government has launched a multipronged strategy to ensure that the kingdom’s page is more frequently read by the world’s travelers.

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UAE Labour Mobility Reforms Create Winners and Losers

In 2011, the UAE dramatically reformed its kafala system by allowing migrant workers with expiring contracts to change employers without the initial sponsor’s permission.