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.
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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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