Like many countries who rely on oil as the backbone of their economy, Oman’s finances are under increasing pressure.
According to the Times of Oman the country’s budget deficit currently sits at a crippling OMR 3.5bn, something that the government is understandably keen to reduce.
This is equivalent to a 15% overspend last year, which is expected to grow further in 2016.
Over recent months the Omani government has, like so many others, been going through a painful process of belt-tightening.
Looking for ever more ...
Oman has a big problem at present; a considerable budget deficit which seems to be growing progressively larger.
Like any other well-run government, policy-makers in Oman have begun to look for solutions to reduce this unfortunate set of circumstances, especially as oil revenues continue to underperform.
One strategy being used in Oman is changing how expat worker visas are being processed. In the past companies could simply apply for visa on behalf of overseas staff and receive these free-of-charge. Of course there are ...
The Gulf States have long maintained a series of policies to help them police and control the large numbers of expat workers flooding into the country.
For example, it is perfectly normal for expat workers who leave the employment of one company to be forced to leave the country before re-applying for another position. Only those in gainful employment are permitted.
Whilst in the past this was a major inconvenience for many expat workers, a recent change to the law promises to make ...
It’s a fact of life that many of us are becoming ever more aware of the environment, and the impacts that our road travel has on it.
To this end many people enjoy the practical and environmental benefits of taking public transport when appropriate.
Still others “lift share”, driving together in groups when all parties are heading for the same destination.
Likewise, expats in Oman are not immune to this “lift sharing” philosophy, which can not only save passengers money but also make travelling ...
The vast majority of expats are law-abiding citizens, working hard to fit into their adopted country.
If faced by a police officer demanding to see their papers most will, for obvious reasons, happily comply.
The last thing that a hard-working expat in an unfamiliar country wants is unnecessary trouble with local law enforcers. Such things can quickly spiral out of control.
However it is this very nature of the law-abiding expat, plus the difficulty in identifying police officers in some countries, that some unscrupulous ...
Why would anyone agree to move half way round the world for work, leaving behind friends and family (not to mention the glorious British weather)?
For some of us, global moves represent exciting new opportunities to grow and develop in our career of choice.
For others the change of scenery in itself can be enough to tempt us to exotic foreign climes.
And then of course there’s the money.
The reality is that many expats find themselves being handsomely compensated for the life-changing decision to ...
Oman boasts one of the largest expat populations anywhere in the world; the Times of Oman records that over 1.7 million expats currently reside within Oman.
Most of these have been drawn by the opportunities for work that exist there, where low salaries or unemployment in their home country make Oman a tempting destination.
The majority of expats living in Oman hail from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, while Moroccans, Jordanians and Filipinos also feature prominently.
That said, as reported here at Expatriate Healthcare in ...
Oman boasts over 1.7 million expats living and working within its borders. And while many of these expats provide essential services, there has long been debate about the effects of this expatriate workforce on the native population.
A number of high-ranking officials in the Omani government have claimed over the years that this expat population is robbing local workers of job vacancies. Just as bad, these expat workers are then filtering their salaries back out of the country in the form of ...
Like many of the Gulf States, Oman is a key employer of expatriate workers from across the globe. Every year it welcomes vast numbers of workers from overseas, and maintains an expat work force totalling 1.7 million. While these workers form an important part of the Omani economy, concerns have been raised over the years about foreign workers outcompeting native employees when it comes to securing jobs.
This concern has slowly led to a number of government policies over the last few ...
Over the last few months Oman has been fighting an ongoing battle with the vast numbers of illegal expat workers present within its borders. A number of initiatives have been introduced recently to reduce the incidence of illegal workers and to encourage expat workers with expired visas to leave the country without penalty. Now, though, the government is cracking down, penalizing both workers and employers where work being done isn’t approved.
When a foreign worker gains approval to work in Oman, their ...