By Courtney Trenwith
The number of Omanis could increase by 71% in 25 years, according to the Omani National Centre for Statistics and Information
The number of Omani citizens could reach 4 million by 2040, an increase of 71 percent, according to new government statistics.
The figure assumes the highest estimated fertility rate, while the population may reach only 3.8 million or 3.6 million based on the medium and low fertility rates, respectively, the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) said.
There are currently about 2.34 million Omani citizens. Foreigners make up another 1.2 million, approximately.
The number of Omani women is expected to rise at a higher rate than men – 72 percent compared to 69 percent.
Children aged under 15 would account for 25-30 percent of the total population in 2040, depending on the level of fertility, NCSI said, according to the Muscat Daily.
Omanis aged 15-29 years would make up about 27 percent, a 3 percent decline from 2015 levels.
The number of Omanis of working age (15-64 years) would top 69 percent, but could be as low as 64 percent, in 2040, while women of child bearing age would account for about 45 percent of all women.
The largest population growth would be in the capital, Muscat. However, surprisingly, the NCSI predicts fewer young people would live in the city, decreasing by 13 percent by 2040.