التمويل الخاص ضرورة لمراكز الفكر الخاصة

عمر العبيدلي | جريدة الحياة | ١٠-٠٥-٢٠١٧

تحضّ رؤية السعودية 2030 الشعب السعودي على خفض اعتماده على الحكومة، وعلى المبادرة الخاصة لمواجهة التحديات الاقتصادية والاجتماعية التي تبرز في حياته اليومية، لأن كل الاقتصادات الناجحة تتميز بتعدد الجهود المستقلة التي تسعى إلى تنمية المجتمع في أبعاده كافة. More

أهمية الاستثمار الفعّال في المراكز الفكرية

عمر العبيدلي | جريدة الحياة | ٠٥-٠٩-٢٠١٧

نهض مفهوم المراكز الفكرية في الدول الغربية خلال القرن العشرين، بعد تأسيس أول مركز فكري في المملكة المتحدة في مطلع القرن التاسع عشر (المعهد الملكي للخدمات المشتركة RUSI). وهناك اليوم في الولايات المتحدة ما يزيد عن ألف مركز فكري، تتميز بموازنات إجمالية تبلغ بلايين الدولارات، منها أموال عامة. فما هي أفضل وسيلة لاستثمار تلك الأموال؟ More

Should the Gulf Countries Decrease Low-Skilled Immigration?

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 26-08-2017

As the Arabian Gulf countries look to generate private sector job opportunities for nationals, a common complaint among job seekers is that the wages in many occupations are unacceptably low. More

Should the Arabian Gulf tweak its migrant worker system?

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 19-08-2017

Donald Trump recently proposed a new US immigration system that uses points, drawing inspiration from the existing Australian and Canadian versions. The stated motivation is the desire to ensure that the United States opens its economic doors to the “highest quality” prospective migrants. Should the Arabian Gulf countries consider a points-based system? More

The Economics of Succeeding at University

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 12-08-2017

Every year, over 100,000 people are enrolled in universities in the UAE, reflecting its growing commitment to education. More

التنوع الجندري وأداء الصناديق الاستثمارية

عمر العبيدلي | الحياة | ٠٨-٠٨-٢٠١٧

تسعى الدول الخليجية إلى تعزيز مساهمة القطاع الخاص في الاقتصاد وإلى تمكين المرأة، وهما هدفان منفصلان شكلياً. لكن ورقة بحث جديدة كشفت أن إعطاء الإناث دوراً أكبر في قرارات الصناديق الاستثمارية، يتسبب بتحسن في أدائها، بالتالي يجب على الحكومات والقطاعات الخاصة الخليجية، أن تنظر في نتائج ذلك البحث كجزء من تنفيذها لرؤاها الاقتصادية. More

When Family Ties and Good Governance Come into Conflict

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 05-08-2017

Family businesses are the backbone of the private sector in Arabian Gulf countries, as they continue to offer many advantages over conventional firms. More

Why Do Governments Bother with Rent Controls?

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 29-07-2017

In our last two articles, we have seen how rent controls cause housing shortages, damage housing quality, and waste the valuable time and resources of the low-income groups that the policy is designed to assist. Yet despite the manifest malfunctions of rent controls, they remain an intensely popular policy, both at the grass roots level, and among senior policymakers. Do they have any redeeming qualities, and are there superior alternatives? More

Rent Controls are a Waste of Society’s Time and Resources

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 22-07-2017

Rent controls are a policy favoured by many governments, including those of the Arabian Gulf countries, with the goal of helping low-income families access affordable housing. More

Rent Controls Create Shortages and Diminish Quality

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 16-07-2017

Most people are convinced that housing shortages are the result of greedy landlords charging rents that are unjustly high. More

The Risks and Rewards of Automation

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 08-07-2017

As robots and automated services increase in number globally, scholars have been quick to point to the potential threat such developments pose to a harmonious society. More

المرأة العاملة وهموم الأسرة

عمر العبيدلي | جريدة الحياة | ٠٤-٠٧-٢٠١٧

يعتبر تعزيز مساهمة الإناث في القوة العاملة أحد أهم أهداف الإستراتيجيات الاقتصادية للدول الخليجية، وذلك لتحقيق العدالة والمساواة بين الذكور والإناث، وأيضاً للاستفادة من كل الموارد البشرية المتوافرة، بخاصة في فترة الانكماش الاقتصادي. More

Encouraging a More Open Economy Helps Society Too

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 01-07-2017

As the governments in the Arabian Gulf seek to shift economic activity away from the public sector towards the private sector, a debate alien to recent generations of Gulf citizens potentially takes centre stage: do freer markets make societies more virtuous, or do they push them towards selfishness and vapid materialism? More

Economics 101: Sharjah science park research sets finely finessed example

Omar Al Ubaydli | The National | 24-06-2017

Sharjah recently commenced construction of a science park that is to bring together investors, companies and scientists, as part of the emirate’s drive to become a knowledge economy. More

Decentralize car checkup process in Lebanon!

Dima Karam | 04-10-2016

Long, draining, inefficient… These are a few words to describe the car checkup process in Lebanon. Most countries require car owners to submit their cars to a periodical mechanical check up to increase road safety. Cars that are up to the standards are given a license or a sticker that proves that these obligations were met. In Lebanon, the ‪government contracts with one private company to do‪ ‎car checkups and ‪mechanic ‪licenses. So what are the consequences of allowing one company to do the job? And are there any different examples of how to run these checkups? More