Oman achieves good progress in UN Human Development Index
Oman has been ranked high in the Human Development Index (HDI) 2019 issued by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Oman climbed one notch over its position last year to be ranked 47th out of 189 countries and fifth among the Arab and Gulf countries, maintaining its position as a country with very high human development progress.
The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has said that Oman gained a score of 0.834 in the HDI, valued between ‘0 and 1’, with an improvement in all the main indicators that comprise the index.
The HDI is considered as a brief measurement for the average human development achieved in a country. The measurement process is based on three dimensions of human development, which include long and healthy life factor, knowledge acquisition, and the adequate standard of living.
As for the average years of schooling, Oman achieved a remarkable HDI value of 9.7 compared to 9.5 in the report of 2018.
In the report of 2019, Oman has climbed to the second position in the Gulf in the average of the years of study, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Oman also achieved a noticeable increase in the number of the expected study years to a score of 14.7 compared to 13.9 in the report of 2018, while it has been considered the most improved Gulf country in the same index for 2019.
With regard to the extent of obtaining the necessary resources to achieve an adequate standard of living, the average per capita in the GDP of Oman has reached US$37,039, while the life expectancy at birth touched 77.6 years.
This achievement comes in the context of the upward trend of Oman since its inclusion in HDI in 2000, when the country gained 0.704 notches. Since that time, the index continues to rise in favour of Oman, with the country achieving 0.793 points in 2010 rising to 0.834 in 2019.