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Omani workers to get same status as UAE nationals

Omani manpower in UAE will soon be at par with UAE nationals in terms of remuneration, allowances and benefits

In a major development that is likely to have a profound impact on the labour markets of Oman and UAE, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on June 11 between UAE and Omani officials to facilitate the entry of Omani labour into UAE.

According to WAM, the official news agency of UAE, the agreement was signed during the visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during which he held talks with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, in Salalah.

According to the reports appearing in UAE media, under the MoU, signed by Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, UAE Labour Minister, and his Omani counterpart Dr Juma Bin Ali, the two ministries will establish a joint office to coordinate and regulate employment of Omani citizens in UAE. It also provides for treating Omani manpower at par with UAE nationals in terms of remuneration, allowances and benefits.

The WAM report quotes Al Kaabi as saying that the MoU reflects the two countries commitment to the GCC resolutions aimed at enhancing bilateral and multilateral co-operation in different fields.

The report also adds that an MoU on open skies has also been signed by the aviation authorities of both countries, allowing passenger and cargo movement between the two countries without restrictions.

Business in UAE and Oman is built on the basis of a good relationship between the two parties and the two countries share deep-rooted historical as well as geographical ties. The UAE shares 450-kilometer border with Oman. The two countries, along with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar constitute the GCC.

For the Omani workforce living in UAE, the decision will surely bring a marked change in terms of remunerations, allowances and benefits. And as the remuneration improves, there is likely to be a greater movement of labour from the Sultanate to the UAE.

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