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Location: Muscat, Oman/ Bangalore, India

Round Peg....in a square hole. That describes me! All my life I have never quite fit in ... now I have just given up trying to live up to the expectations of the square hole or trying to find a round one!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Omanization & Vegetables

Apparently, business in Sohar is down.

In the days B.O. (Before Omanization) when grocery shops were run mostly by Indians, the shop keepers made regular visits to Sohar to buy fresh vegetables.

Since Omanization, the Omani shopkeepers have not been showing the same zeal towards fresh vegetables and so there is a glut and the farms in Sohar are feeling the pinch.

I am told the grocery shops are slowly getting converted into stores that sell just cigarettes, assorted snacks and soft drinks.

And I am told the main beneficiary of Omanization are the large supermarket chains because more and more people are forced to buy from them given the falling standards of the erstwhile grocery stores.

The result of this according to H is increased prices.

There is more to come, he mourns. Soon Omanization will apply to textiles as well. Be ready to fork out more for clothes.

H is an Omani who had leased out his premises and sponsored 2 Indians who ran a grocery shop. H got his monthly rations free of charge and a percentage of the earnings; the Indians made their money and all was hunky dory. Now with Omanization H is shutting shop. Omanization has hit H hard and H is an Omani.

Asked why he cannot continue with the same arrangement replacing the Indians with Omanis, the answer is an emphatic No. He does not trust Omais, he says!


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11:51 PM, September 06, 2005  
Anonymous injinuity said...

you cant blame the omani govt... do you know that most of the watchmen /security guards are omani's... they have become the poorest country in the gulf and their govt. is trying to do what is best for THEM and not us....

3:30 AM, September 14, 2005  
Blogger AkaRound Peg said...

Injinuity - I am not blaming the Omani govt at all. Far from it. I think Oman 's bottoms up approach is very good.

I was just recording observations - in this case observations made by Omanis themselves.

Personally, I see what is happening now as hiccups, things will get better.

5:34 AM, September 16, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omanization isn't terrible.

What's terrible is that big business keeps getting bigger because of the lack of business forms that encourage small businesses men to take risks.

LLC companies need 15,000 OR before you can get a limited liability company and take real business risks. If you made this 50 OR and modified the laws to suite individual business men then more Omani's could start businesses and this would boost employment etc.

Yes one in ten businesses fail but guess what you need to be creating businesses to get businesses that work.

(Strange that free speach isn't so free in a supposedly free country)

9:10 PM, November 30, 2005  

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