Saturday, July 8, 2017
Oman's Economy (and an article from the Economist that will probably be blocked)
And the threat of Saudi and UAE blockading us? It could happen I guess...but I personally doubt it. If they would have done it, they would have done so already.
Oman obviously has closer ties than any of the other Gulf States with Iran (i.e we don't persecute our Shia populations and we try to not blame the Iranian people for their government's support of Hammas---obviously). We also did not fight Yemen with the rest of the GCC.
This article, which I am frankly surprised has not been blocked yet [ https://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21724842-muscatcheap-oil-makes-it-hard-buy-dissent-sultanate-oman-taking ] mentions that Donald Trump doesn't like us. But really, so what? I mean the British are here. Shell is pretty British. We also have a lot of American expats who seem to like living here. Less than Kuwait and Qatar yes, but cutting ties with Qatar messes with Kuwait a little, and Kuwait is America's biggest base here in the Middle East. I don't think Donald Trump matters as long as U.K. cares about us, is what I am saying. I also take offence (reference the Economist) that the article says that every shop in Oman by law must put up a photo of the Sultan. That's bogus. Private companies and shops don't have to. Not all do. Omanis like to be patriotic though, especially the over 35-somethings + who are not widely traveled.
I totally get why Omanis are afraid of doing income tax though (not on expats but on Omanis I am saying, because nothing else solves the problems). There is corruption to the extent that you can't get your garbage picked up in some cases without wasta, so when it comes to fighting mistakes the gov. could make over-taxing you, or not taxing honestly Omani big business owners, and government peeps? Yes. You can say the whole economy is iffy when the Central Bank of the country can make secret decisions, and only needs one person to okay them. That's an iffy economy.
I love Oman. I am sending all my money here even though this country seems to think I don't even deserve a visa beyond tourist or work even though we've been through the courts for the marrying without permission bit, I built and paid for houses here, I have kids, a husband of seven years, and I share the same culture and religion as the majority of the citizens. I know that's a gamble. But this is home, for better or worse. And I refuse to pay over 70, 000 for a bachelor apartment at the Wave;). I can be the Omani-version of "bedoon" I guess. I'm Muslim. Bedoon is more proper anyway;). We're not supposed to love nations or borders so much that we'd do for them, what Allah only asks of us in the hardest of tests. I wouldn't fight Yemen if GCC asked me to, or if Oman did, because that is wrong, for instance, one example.
(BTW, try doing banking in Oman without a valid residency card. It is next to impossible no matter how much money you have in your account, or how long you have had your account).
Anyways, Omanis see me as against them when I suggest income tax, them as the lower middle classes, or working poor, and unemployed or disabled poor, but I'm not. I suggest this out of a love for them. To want to build something sustainable for them, for me, and my kids. I don't want my kids to run away after my former country one day. I want them to love Oman and see a life here, as much as I do, despite the odds.
I make the gamble. Allah kareem.