16 May 2012

Maids

Recently, the Times of Oman posted a story about maids in Oman abandoning their legal employers in search of better salaries and more opportunities.  Although the article does not portray the maids in a favorable light, it does offer some perspective, and interviews one maid to tell her side of the story.

For those of you who don't know, many of the more wealthy families in countries in the Middle East are able to employ full-time "maids", women usually from out of the country, to work as house cleaners and nannies.  Many of them come from the Philippines, but there are other countries represented as well.

The topic, especially in Saudi Arabia, is a controversial one, because of many reports of abuse and mistreatment of these maids by their employers.  To read more about the controversy, take a look at this blog:  The Blue Abaya.  It is the perspective of a Finnish woman who works as a nurse in Saudi, converted to Islam and is married to a Saudi man.  I have been following her blog for about a year, and I think she does a good job of offering both sides of the story.

I'm not quite sure where I stand on this issue, but I am more curious about what Omanis think.  Do most Omanis employ maids?  Only the super rich?  How does the situation differ between Saudi and Oman?  Is it okay for me to even ask these kinds of questions while I am there...?


1 comment:

UmmKhaled said...

Everybody has maids...rich, normal average salaries and even somewhat poor because they are cheap...so nothing special over here in the UAE or Oman.