Muscat Municipality prepares to evict single workers

The city is planning large new labour complexes to house foreign workers

The local authority governing the Omani capital Muscat has announced it is preparing to kick unmarried foreign workers out of certain areas of the city.

Muscat Municipality said on Twitter it would evict ‘bachelors’ from buildings that don’t have permission to house them in family neighbourhoods in As’Seeb within three days.

The term ‘bachelors’ is often used to describe foreign labourers and other lower paid male workers, married or single, in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

If accommodation is not provided by employers they are often forced to share apartments illegally to afford rent.

It is illegal for workers to be housed in residential areas under Omani law.

Last September, municipal council members discussed plans to house hundreds of thousands of workers in new labour complexes in Bausher, Amerat and Mabella. This followed complaints from Omanis living in areas like Ruwi, Hamriya and Wadi Adai.

Read: Oman plans labour complexes to house foreign workers

Plans for new housing complexes for bachelors were approved during a Municipal Council meeting.