An additional 1,000 jobs will soon become available in Oman’s hotelier industry. Together with Omani developers, Omran (the Oman Tourism Development Company) will be requiring more staff to operate three new hotels. And this will be expanded over the next 5 years, according to James Wilson, CEO of Omran. He said that there will need to be the training of around 10,000 people who will be working in the hospitality, tourism and real estate industries. This will ultimately move employment away from just being reliant on oil.
Furthermore, Omran recently started work on Muscat’s Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Project, featuring a multi-use waterfront. It is hoped that this will span 64 hectares and will be ready by 2020.
Meanwhile, Oman’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also been working toward escalating employment in the area. Via the Human Resource and Job Market Development Committee, the Chamber recently held a seminar on ‘Creating opportunities in the job market,’ for SME owners, entrepreneurs, representatives from OAMC and Orpic and more. OCCI’s Human Resource and Job Market Development Committee Chair, Mohamed Hassan al Ansi inaugurated the event and Orpic’s Ibrahim al Mamari delivered a presentation on how companies could support SMEs.
Now I might seem a little biased since I am from Oman and have a working relationship with Omran, but I have to say that what they are doing in terms of using the resources that the almighty gave Oman in order to encourage economic growth and increased tourist revenue is unparalleled in the Arab world. Our brothers throughout the middle east can learn from the contributions Omran is making to bolster Oman’s continued upward economic trends. To me Omran is not only a model, but an inspiration to follow.