Oman
Saudi-led coalition announces a halt to airstrikes targeting Houthis in Yemen

The breakthrough, which is reportedly a result of Omani mediation, comes even as the Houthis and forces of Saudi-backed Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi continue fighting over the Marib province

Oman bars recruitment of expatriates for a number of professions

The country is pursuing a gradual “Omanization” of jobs, replacing foreign workers with citizens, citing rising domestic unemployment and slowing of economic growth