Visitors to Oman will soon be able to obtain their visas via a mobile app, local news outlet Times of Oman reported, citing the Royal Oman Police (ROP).
Currently people planning to visit Oman can either apply online via the ROP website or obtain the visa on arrival. Captain Ibrahim Saif Al-Kindi said the app was the latest in the ROP's efforts to improve its online services.
"Very soon you will have customs services in the mobile applications, and we will have visa services, visa status and all these kinds of things," he added.
The ongoing push to help Omanis into work continues with the introduction of a job center service that will provide information on vacancies and help identify possible candidates, the same news outlet reported.
Oman's National Center for Employment has been created to help the ongoing efforts to identify Omanis for positions that might have previously been filled by expats, the report added, adding that the service was set to open in February.
"The new center will act as a one-stop center for jobseekers, to unify employment efforts and effectively coordinate the supply and demand of job opportunities in the Sultanate," Mohammed Al-Busaidi, chairman of the Youth and Human Resources Development Committee at the Shura Council, told Times of Oman.
The center is the latest in the ongoing efforts to employ Omanis which started in January, 2018, with a six-month visa ban for expats in certain areas of work.
The ban was extended to other areas of work later in the year and again at the end of the year.
Since the ban was introduced there has been a 3.4% reduction in the expat labor force between October 2017 and 2018.
The biggest decline in unemployment was for Omani citizens aged 25 to 29 where there was a drop of 13.6% over the last month, according to the National Center for Statistics and Information.