Two Omanis arrested for allowing more than 1,300 expats to work illegally

Two Omanis arrested for allowing more than 1,300 expats to work illegally
An expat visa ban was introduced 2018, and has already led to the employment of tens of thousands of locals in the private and public sectors. (Shutterstock)
Updated 09 May 2019

Two Omanis arrested for allowing more than 1,300 expats to work illegally

Two Omanis arrested for allowing more than 1,300 expats to work illegally
  • The pair are accused of having traded in 88 companies that employed 1302 expats and allowed them to leave the company and go work for others
  • An expat visa ban was introduced 2018, and has already led to the employment of tens of thousands of locals in the private and public sectors

DUBAI: Two Omanis have been prosecuted for allowing more than 1,300 expats to work illegally for other companies, breaking the expat visa ban law that was introduced to lower unemployment among Omani citizens, local daily Times of Oman reported.

The Ministry of Manpower say the two Omani nationals had hired workers on so-called ‘free visas’.

The pair are accused of having traded in 88 companies that employed 1302 expats and allowed them to leave the company and go work for others.

The actions were in violation of national laws aimed at helping Omanis into work.

The law states: “Employers are prohibited from allowing expat workers to work for someone else, employing expat workers who have been permitted to work for someone else or are illegally in the Sultanate.” 

This latest court hearing comes in the midst of the Omanization project.

An expat visa ban was introduced 2018, and has already led to the employment of tens of thousands of locals in the private and public sectors.

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


Riyadh investment forum sends ‘message of optimism’ with global linkup

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 30 min 46 sec ago

Riyadh investment forum sends ‘message of optimism’ with global linkup

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
  • FII embraces unique high-tech format in bid to reinvent global economy

DUBAI: Olympic medalists, political leaders, Nobel laureates and global CEOs are among speakers due to take part in the fourth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), a two-day event that will embrace a hybrid format for the first time when it starts on Wednesday.

Jamaican eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is one of the star speakers among the 150 names set to take part in the event, organized under the theme “The Neo-Renaissance.”

Travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic mean some speakers will attend in person in Riyadh, while many others will participate virtually from hubs in New York, Paris, Beijing and Mumbai.

Other high-profile speakers announced in recent days include Sen. Matteo Renzi, former prime minister of Italy; Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister; Alberto Fernandez, president of Argentina; and Bruno Le Maire, French finance and economy minister.

READ MORE: FII confirms over 140 global speakers for 2021 event

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event, as the Saudi Arabian economy opened up to foreign investment.

Richard Attias, CEO of organizing body the FII Institute, told Arab News that pandemic restrictions mean the 2021 event will be “totally different” from the first editions.

“But we still need to carry a message of optimism, a message that the global economy should not stop and cannot stop. This is why we are hosting this conversation in a unique format.

“The conversation will be about the rebirth of the global economy. In fact, this rebirth will be the neo-renaissance of the global economy. I hope this renaissance will positively affect all sectors. Under the leadership of the FII Institute, speakers and participants will discuss how the investment world, the sports industry, the sustainability industry — how all these industries will be reinvented.”

Attias said that the two-day event will embrace “first time ever” conference technology, “which is bringing together all participants in a virtual world.”