Expats outnumber nationals in Muscat, Oman’s population crosses 4.22m
September 16, 2015 | 10:01 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: Oman’s population, including expatriates, exceeded 4.22 million by the end of August 2015, with the governorate of Muscat accommodating the largest share of population at more than 1.31 million.

According to the demographic data for August, released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), there was a 1.3 per cent increase in the Sultanate’s population in August, compared with July. The number of expats was pegged at more than 1.86 million, while the Omani population crossed 2.35 million.

The figures reflected how expats are outnumbering Omanis by a huge margin in the governorate of Muscat, with their respective numbers recorded at 820,301 and 490,525; while in all other governorates the Omani population exceeded the number of expats.

Also, among the 11 governorates, Muscat registered the highest monthly growth rate in population at 2 per cent, reaching a total of 1,310,826, compared with July.

Second most populated

After Muscat, the second most densely populated governorate was North Al Batinah, with a population of 687,750, followed by Al Dakhiliyah at 419,444.

The Dhofar governorate has a population of 390,357 and it registered the Sultanate’s second highest growth rate in August at 0.7 per cent.

The least populated governorates were Al Wusta and Musandam, with their respective population figures pegged at 41,261 and 41,265.

Al Buraimi, Al Dakhiliyah, Al Sharqiah North and the Al Dhahirah governorates recorded the slowest population growth rate at 0.4 per cent in August, compared with July.

Meanwhile, August also saw a significant 11.9 per cent increase in population, which was not classified under any particular governorate, with the figure jumping to 128,947 from 115,236 in July.

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