Oman’s expat exodus continues as country continues nationalization push

The massive decline in the number of expats in Oman has resulted in a general 3.88 percent population. (File/AFP)dip
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Updated 21 September 2020

Oman’s expat exodus continues as country continues nationalization push

  • The expat population in Oman stood at 1,747,844 in August
  • The new figure comes as the country continues to implement nationalization programs

DUBAI: More than 50,000 expatriates left Oman in August, national daily Time of Oman reported, citing government data.

The new figure comes as the country continues to implement nationalization programs, particularly integrating more Omanis into the country’s workforce.

According to the new census provided by the National Center for Statistics and Information, the expat population in Oman stood at 1,747,844 in August, which showed a decrease of 53,895 from the previous month.

More than 6,000 locals have been added to the country’s national population in the same period.

But the massive decline in the number of expats in Oman has resulted in a general 3.88 percent population dip – from 4,527,934 to 4,480,333 between August 2019 and 2020.

All governorates in Oman reported a decline in population, but Muscat, the country’s capital city, showed the drop at 6.2 percent, followed by the southern governorate of Dhofar with a 5.6 percent drop.


Tens of thousands of Sadr supporters pack Iraqi capital

Updated 27 November 2020

Tens of thousands of Sadr supporters pack Iraqi capital

  • Despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, tens of thousands gathered shoulder-to-shoulder for noon Muslim prayers in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square
  • The Sadrist movement had called for protests to back the reform of what it says is Iraq’s corrupt state

BAGHDAD: Tens of thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr packed the streets of the Iraqi capital Friday in a show of force as preparations ramp up for June parliamentary elections.
Despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, tens of thousands gathered shoulder-to-shoulder for noon Muslim prayers in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, spilling out into the surrounding streets.
The Sadrist movement had called for protests to back the reform of what it says is Iraq’s corrupt state, but its populist leader has also been making moves ahead of next year’s vote.
In a tweet this week, Sadr said he expected major wins for his party and would push for the next prime minister to be a member of the Sadrist movement for the first time.
Sadrists had already won big in the May 2018 vote with 54 of parliament’s 329 seats, granting him the biggest single bloc.
This summer, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi set June 2021 as the date for the next parliamentary elections — nearly a year ahead of schedule to fulfil a key demand of the youth-dominated protest movement that erupted across Iraq in October 2019.
They will take place under a new electoral law agreed by parliament that will see district sizes reduced and votes for individual candidates replacing list-based ballots.
Most observers expect a delay of at least a few months while political parties prepare the groundwork of their campaigns, but experts say the new system is likely to benefit Sadr and his candidates.
On Friday, Sadr supporters carried Iraq’s national tricolor and posters of the cleric, some of which evoked his past as a militia leader by depicting him in camouflage.
Volunteers dressed in light blue — the movement’s color — sprayed disinfectant from plastic tanks on their backs.
Sadr, who is very rarely seen in public, did not attend the rally.