Oman expats to now only be allowed select jobs

MUSCAT: Oman on Sunday announced the nationalisation of several jobs, barring expatriates from holding them.

In a region that depends heavily on cheap foreign labour, expats in the sultanate make up about 40% of the country’s 4.5 million-strong population.

Faced with an economic slump and a sharp drop in oil revenues, Oman and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have stepped up efforts to create jobs for their own citizens.

“A number of jobs in the private sector will be nationalised,” the Omani labour ministry announced on Twitter on Sunday.

It added the work permits of foreigners in those professions will not be renewed after their expiry date.

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