Oman To Replace Expats With Citizens In 207 Job Categories

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Dubai- Oman has banned expats from being employed in more than 200 professions in the Sultanate as part of its ongoing efforts to boost Omanisation, local media reported.

The Sultanate’s Minister of Labour on Sunday issued a decision No 235/2022 regulating the practice of certain professions now reserved for Omanis.

The decision shall be published in the Official Gazette and take effect from the day following the date of its publication. In 2018, the ministry had banned expats in 87 professions spread across nearly 10 sectors.

The decision was based on the Labour Law issued by Royal Decree No 35/2003 and Royal Decree No 89/2020 establishing the Ministry of Labour, defining its specializations and endorsing its organizational structure.

Article 1 of the decision says that expats will be prohibited from practicing 207 professions, and they can continue until the expiry of the current work permits.

The Ministry of Labour aims to provide 35,000 jobs through recruitment, replacement and training for citizens in 2022.


1. Administrative manager

2. Director/manager of staff affairs

3. Human resources manager

4. Public relations manger

5. Manager of the CEO’s office

6. Recruitment manager

7. Follow-up manager

8. Security supervisor

9. Director for students affairs

10. Career guidance manger

11. Coordinator

12. Data entry

13. Street vendors

14. Grocer

15. Sweets seller

16. Refreshments seller

17. Perfumer

18. Tellers

19. Postman

20. Watchman

21. Gateman

22. Gas seller

23. Farm tractor driver

24. Gas meter reader

25. Operators

26. Manager and deputy managers

27. HR and recruitment specialists

28. Librarian

29. Store supervisors

30. Water and electricity meter readers

31. Travel ticket officers

32. Delivery agents

33. Security guards

34. Bus drivers

35. Public car drivers (transport)

36. Head of departments and trade unions

37. Psychology/social specialists

38. Legal clerk

39. Payroll and wage accountants

40. Insurance, reinsurance and risk insurance specialists

41. Occupational safety inspector for oil and gas

42. Public relations writer

43. Tourist reservation clerk

44. Tour guide

45. Ticket clerk

46. Shipping services clerk

47. Flight operations inspectors

48. Car rental clerks

49. Transport supervisors

50. Freight risk insurance

51. Real estate insurance

52. Auto insurance, factories insurance and customs clearance brokers

53. Salesmen in commercial complexes

54. Vegetable and fruits seller

55. Drivers of refrigerated trucks, ambulances, fire trucks, water trucks, gas trucks, scrap trucks and drivers of all vehicles.

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