1. brain drain (n.) -
The loss of skilled intellectual and technical labor through the movement of such labor to more favorable geographic, economic, or professional environments. (dictionary.com)
2. When the Omani educational system was getting on its feet, many Omanis opted for schools in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East. This exodus deprived the country of valuable brains and riyals. Omani students' tuition fees and other expenses were not being invested in domestic institutions, creating a net outflow of educational money. Students that study abroad often stay abroad too, stripping Oman of some of its brightest citizens.
(From the Oxford Group's Oman Weekly Briefing dated July 4, 2004.)
Every year more people I know move out of Oman and get jobs elsewhere. At the moment two of my cousins work for multinational companies in Dubai. In the last couple years some of my Omani colleagues at work left and went to work for banks in Dubai. 2 of my closest friends have told me in the past few weeks that they have job offers abroad.
Q: Are Oman's best and brightest talents moving abroad?
Do you think that Oman is indeed suffering from a brain drain and if so what effect do you think it will have on us? (link)
Thursday, October 06, 2005
I wrote this almost a year and a half ago on OmanForum. I'm bringing it up again because this yesterday a friend visited me at work to say goodbye because he's moving to Jeddah to work for SAMBA at about three or four times his present salary.