Headhunting in the hereditary monarchy of Oman is not an easy undertaking for many reasons. On the one hand, the legal system in Oman is based on British civil "common law" but on the other hand on Islamic Sharia law. As a businessman, therefore, you are constantly moving along a path of economic opportunities and cultural risks. Moreover, since the late 1980s, Oman has been busy replacing guest workers with Omani citizens through so-called "Omanisation" in order to reduce the country's dependence on guest workers. Nevertheless, between 1994 and 2004 alone, the population grew by 17.5 % through immigration.
The Sultan ruling in Oman is the absolute ruler, at the same time, the country has a constitution with a bicameral system based on the aforementioned British model. The appointed ministers are allowed to take on an advisory role. That is why Oman only ranks 140th out of 167 countries on The Economist's democracy index.
The royal family is also taking consistent action against critics, with the result that Oman only ranks 132nd out of 180 countries in the 2019 press freedom ranking. The "Reporters Without Borders", which publishes this ranking, therefore classifies press freedom in the country as "difficult".
Nonetheless, Oman's colonial past holds great economic potential, so that the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal describe the country's economic freedom as "moderately free".
The economy's most valuable raw material and main source of income is oil, which has helped the country become rich. GDP per capita in 2016, adjusted for purchasing power, was an above-average USD 46,689 per capita. However, tourism is in full swing. Therefore, Oman is taking many measures to reduce its dependence on oil production by expanding tourism.
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