Oman sees drop in number of expat workers

Employment in both the public and private sector has declined

The number of expatriate workers in Oman has been declining in recent months, in both the public and private sectors.

The number of expatriate workers in the private sector declined from 1,259,814 in at the end of June 2020 by 31,101, or 2.5 percent to 1,228,713 at the end of July in 2020.

The number of Bangladesh nationals dropped from 590,748 in June 2020 to 580,132 in July 2020, Pakistanis from 192,676 to 185,626, and the Filipinos from 47,537 to 46,531 during the same period.

Elsewhere in the region, Saudi Arabia has also been struggling to hold onto its expat workers. Figures posted in June by Jadwa Investment Company estimated that upwards of 1.2 million expat workers could leave the Kingdom this year, with more than 300,000 already gone

Oman, like other Arab countries, has been working to reduce its dependency on expat workers and employ more locals. As of mid-2019, more than 16,000 Omanis worked in the Sultanate’s hospitality sector, with W Muscat alone employing 100 locals.

The Sultanate has a target of creating half a million tourism jobs for by 2040

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