Additional jobs to be added to Oman’s expat visa ban list

Additional jobs could be added to Oman's expat visa ban. (Shutterstock)
Updated 09 April 2018
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Additional jobs to be added to Oman’s expat visa ban list

DUBAI: Expatriates in Oman could face an extended visa ban on additional jobs in the country, according to a top official at the sultanate’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM), national daily Times of Oman reported.
“We are now discussing the subject and trying to learn if we need to extend the ban to more jobs or lift the ban on some jobs that we listed in the decision,” Director General of Development and Planning Salim Naseer Al-Hadrami told the Times of Oman.
Earlier this year, expat workers in the country faced a six-month visa ban across 87 industries, including media, engineering, marketing and sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration and HR.
The ban stops expat workers from working in those particular industries.
“In the decision, we specified six months for the job ban. During this time we will review the decision and its effect on the market. We will see whether the number of job seekers has decreased or not, if the job market needs to be opened for some jobs on the ban list, if we need to add more jobs or if we need to extend the ban — all that will be clear at the end of the six-month period,” Al-Hadrami told the daily.


Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the China Development Forum 2019. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 27 March 2019
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Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser attended the China Development Forum, a three-day event that focused on key issues such as the supply-side structural reform, new measures of proactive fiscal policy, and the opening up of the financial sector and financial stability. 

The Aramco chief met the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the forum. Li expressed his appreciation for Saudi Aramco’s investment in an integrated downstream project in Panjin city in Liaoning, coming right after the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China in February. 

The exchange also allowed Nasser to briefly outline Aramco’s plans in China including downstream investments in Zhejiang province.