The Omani government said on Thursday it was working to create 25,000 jobs in six months, part of efforts to curb high unemployment in the small, oil-exporting Gulf Arab state.
The announcement came after hundreds of unemployed people demonstrated on Monday at the Ministry of Manpower in Oman’s capital Muscat, and another protest in the southern city of Salah, according to witnesses.
“The cabinet is closely monitoring the implementation of the decision to create 25,000 jobs … in no more than 6 months as a first phase,” said a statement published by the state news agency.
Oman was rocked by Arab Spring-style protests in 2011 in which demonstrators demanded jobs, political reforms and an end to corruption. The protests subsided after authorities promised more jobs.
With smaller oil and financial reserves than its wealthy neighbours, Oman has spent heavily on industrial and infrastructure projects to diversify its economy beyond oil.