Oman announces the creation of thousands of new jobs for locals

Government plans to start project to reuse Muscat's old airport. (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 February 2019

Oman 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.

Yemen central bank is ready to supply banks with foreign currency

Updated 8 min 53 sec ago

Yemen central bank is ready to supply banks with foreign currency

  • The central bank was divided to two branches after the war started
  • The central bank almost doubled its rate last year to stabilize the economy

DUBAI: Yemen’s central bank said it is ready to supply commercial and Islamic banks with foreign currency to finance imports of goods into the country, which has been pushed to the brink of famine by a four-year war, a Yemeni news agency reported.
The central bank has split into two rival head offices, reflecting the war between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, creating hold-ups and payment problems that have exacerbated an urgent humanitarian crisis.
The branch in the southern port of Aden, the seat of the internationally recognized government, issued a circular saying it was ready to sell banks foreign currency at a rate of 506 rials to the US dollar or at market rates, “whichever is lower,” state news agency Saba reported late on Monday.
It cited the statement as saying this would cover letters of credit and financing guarantees for imports of goods not covered by a $2 billion grant from Saudi Arabia to help finance imports of basic goods and petroleum products.
The United Nations says about 80 percent of the 30 million population needs some form of humanitarian assistance and two-thirds of all districts in Yemen are in a “pre-famine” state.
The rival central bank headquartered in Sanaa, the capital now held by the Houthis who control most urban centers in Yemen, did not receive any funds from the Saudi loan. An official in the Sanaa branch said last year that traders must get letters of credit in Aden.
The conflict has devastated the economy of the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation. It has cut supply routes, reduced imports and caused severe inflation. The central bank nearly doubled its interest rate late last year to stabilize the currency.