Oman re-extends expat visa ban across the country

According to Oman’s National Center for Statistics and Information, 87.7 per cent of the work force in the private sector are expats, with 250,717 of the 2,041,190 workers being Omani. (Shutterstock)
Updated 04 February 2019
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Oman re-extends expat visa ban across the country

  • The visa ban was first announced at the end of January 2018 when 87 job sectors were banned from hiring non-Omani employees, before it was extended after six months
  • Small and medium businesses are exempted from the ban, according to the ministry

DUBAI: Oman’s Ministry of Manpower extended its expat visa ban on some occupations for the second time in its continued Omanization push, national daily Times of Oman reported.

The visa ban was first announced at the end of January 2018 when 87 job sectors were banned from hiring non-Omani employees, before it was extended after six months.

The job sectors affected include information technology, accounting, finance, marketing, sales, administration and Human Resources, insurance, information and media, some medical and airport professions, as well as engineering and technical jobs.

However, small and medium businesses are exempted from the ban, according to the ministry.

“This decision does not apply to business owners who are registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprise Development, or to the owners insured by the Public Authority for Social Insurance,” the MoM said.

According to Oman’s National Center for Statistics and Information, 87.7 per cent of the work force in the private sector are expats, with 250,717 of the 2,041,190 workers being Omani.

The Omanization drive is part of a government’s push to employ more of its own citizens. A similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also been trying to increase the number of their nationals in employment.


Oman govt announces the creation of thousands of new jobs for locals

Updated 21 February 2019
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Oman govt announces the creation of thousands of new jobs for locals

  • Government says new highway project will be completed by Fall 2019
  • More than 65,000 nationals were employed since Oman introduced an expat visa ban

DUBAI: Oman’s government has announced the creation of 2,500 jobs for its citizens in a series of transport development projects, national daily Times of Oman reported.

The projects are the development of the Adam-Thumrait highway in the south of the country which is due for completion by autumn 2019, the reuse of the old Muscat airport, and the research on the operation of Musandam Airport.

This announcement comes as the Omanization project continues as the government works to reduce the number of Omanis out of work.

An expat visa ban was introduced last year, which has led to the employment of more than 65,000 locals in the private and public sectors.

Before Omanization, almost 71 percent of Oman’s labor force were expatriates.