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High and dry at the Omani border
Have you ever set off for a vacation in Oman, only to be turned away at the border because of what you do for a living?
May 10, 2010 3:20 by Ben Flanagan
Expats and tourists are advised to think twice before visiting Oman. For while the Sultanate makes for a great holiday destination, it seems that not all visitors are equal in the eyes of border officials.
Oman is enforcing a long-standing agreement with the UAE that specifies that only people with ‘professional’ occupations are allowed over the border without a visa, according to a report in The National. The newspaper reported that UAE residents who work in the service industry, construction, or sales sectors are not allowed free travel into Oman (the rule does not apply to GCC nationals). One would-be visitor to Oman described his shock at learning he was not free to travel there because he had a “low job”.
Have you ever planned a trip to Oman, only to be turned away at the border because your profession is regarded as ‘low’? It seems a rather vague concept – and is certainly much less defined than the entry policies of most Gulf stations, which are based on nationality. But is either system fair?