In The World Bank’s 2017 Ease of Doing Business Survey, Oman was ranked 66th out of 190 countries. Although it’s fairly business friendly, salaries are good and paying tax is easy, expats are finding it more difficult to get jobs in the country.
The state’s Omanisation programme plays a big part in this. Skilled locals are being appointed to many positions traditionally held by expats, but you may still find jobs in education, medicine and the oil industry. As Oman tries to rely less heavily on oil profits, there are also opportunities in the growing service sector.
If you want to start your own business in Oman, you’ll need a local partner with a controlling interest in the company – this is common practice in the Middle East.