4.5 years of expat life in Oman: likes and dislikes summary

It’s been a while that I have been thinking of writing this up. After 4.5 years my time in Muscat (Oman) as a western expat came to an end; here is a summary of my personal experience in the Sultanate.

Deciding to move to a new country is not easy.

I remember like yesterday they pain in trying to work out whether Oman would be a country where I would be happy to live while considering a move there; I guess this is because I am now back to square one: I am on the move and researching new countries. So many questions arise when one is faced with such a decision and unfortunately nobody can give you the answer to the ultimate question when considering a move to a foreign country: is this the country for me?

I am afraid I do not have an answer ready for you, however I hope that by looking at the aspects that I enjoyed the most and the ones that I enjoyed a bit less you may get an idea of whether these are important factors for you.

Above all, remember that whenever you move to a new country you must be equipped with a positive mindset, a curious attitude and a very open mind.

Change can bring about pleasant unexpected opportunities to those ready to seize them.

Finally this is really about my very personal experience.

What I liked about living in Oman:

  • The weather: sunny virtually every day of the year (rain and clouds are an exciting change!): if you exclude the intense summer, the weather is generally gorgeous and you get to enjoy it a lot if you are an outdoor person. After 12 consecutive years of life in the UK this for me was priceless. I was born in the sun and I love the sun!
  • Long, large and virtually empty beach on my doorstep.
  • Very social lifestyle: lots of quality and carefree time with good friends. BBQs, parties, camping on the beach, gala evenings. We’ve made very good friends from various parts of the world in Oman.
  • Muscat, the capital, is very clean
  • Big house to live in (we lived in a villa but apartments tend to be big too)
  • Open spaces: space, space, space, space for everybody!
  • Flowers in bloom when winter comes.
  • Beautiful and dramatic landscape that leaves you in awe
  • Freedom to camp anywhere: idyllic beaches, nobody on sight and safe
  • Overall very safe. Like everywhere I would say that general common sense applies with regards to safety however  forgetting to lock my house door or my car on several occasions never caused any trouble.
  • Affordable domestic help (for 4 and ½ years I didn’t have to touch a mop or an iron).
  • Very relaxed pace of life: you can reach any part of the city easily in your big 4×4, there is always a car parking space, there is never the need to rush (nobody rushes in Oman).
  • Open-air and adventurous lifestyle (a weekend could mean going out on our boat along the beautiful coast, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, diving, camping with friends on a beach, driving off-road in the desert or on the mountains, abseiling and climbing, canyoning and trekking in beautiful wadis and swimming in their beautiful blue water: we did them all!)
  • The tax-free lifestyle affords you a lot of disposable income for frequent travels and lavish weekends in luxurious Dubai – of course that also depends on your package but in general if your home is paid for there is little to spend on.
  • Purchasing power when travelling. As Oman is rather expensive with regards to dining out (western dining), hotels and drinks in bars, when you travel everywhere else seems cheap in comparison!
  • The privileged lifestyle.

What I didn’t like so much about living in Oman:

  • Hot and boring summers (city becomes virtually empty, open air restaurants and cafes close as it’s too hot) but if you plan your holidays right, you can ride it out easily. Annual leave and public holidays tend to be generous.
  • Ramdan affects your daily life for a month even if you are not a Muslim (no drinking/eating/smoking in public – bye bye cafes on the beach, restaurants tend to be closed during the day – or hidden behind panels; no wine with your meals at restaurants;  roads get even more dangerous because of sleepy fasting drivers. You have to dress more conservatively).
  • Unskilled labour is really unskilled and often doesn’t speak a word of English (they could literally burn down your house if you don’t supervise them very closely).
  • Having to think about what to wear in town in case it offends anyone. OK as a woman you don’t have to wear an Abaya and as long as you cover your shoulders and knees while in town nobody is going to say anything. In fact nobody seemed to say anything to some uninformed tourists who wandered around dressed inappropriately for the local culture (but just because Omanis are rather tolerant it doesn’t mean that it is OK) however towards the end I sometimes wished I could have just worn anything I fancied without having to think about offending anyone… for a change.
  • Boring shopping (but at least you save more money for travels).
  • Ridiculously, randomly priced import products that are poor in quality: e.g. you pay strawberries at the price of gold per weight (sometimes you feel like treating yourself) and when you open the tub at home half of them are rotten.
  • Very limited choice of entertainment options in town, even a visit to the cinema needs to be selective unless you don’t mind watching a film that has been butchered by censorship (though I did love life in the open). If you are a city person who likes life in the fast lane then maybe Muscat is not quite  for you!
  • Bad customer service like I have never experienced before (examples: once I found a shop assistant in “La Senza” who had no idea what a bikini was; to exchange (not even refund) a battery charger that I had bought and didn’t work I had to spend almost 1 hour in a shop waiting for the staff to find someone who knew what to do with me. There is no limit to bad. It can get as bad as DG describes in her letter to Omanair.
  • General lack of common sense which becomes very irritating over time.
  • Limited and totally non-stimulating working opportunities for me (I am in technology: this sector is very traditional, old fashioned and non-ground breaking in Oman – you don’t come here to rock the boat, resolve the world’s most stimulating challenges or to learn anything new in terms of technology). I used the time in Oman to study, volunteer and work on different sectors to broaden my experience.

Overall it is a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing place to live in.

Insight into the strange expat life of Oman:

Update 2015.03.03

I have found this video by BP that summarises a bit what life in Oman is like (at least from a western educated expat’s prospective). I though it would be of interest to the many of you who visit this page daily (and you are many. Thank you!)

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96 thoughts on “4.5 years of expat life in Oman: likes and dislikes summary

  1. Thanks for the link to my blog “The Duncan Adventures”.
    There wasn’t an award as such for the top blogger, just a free dinner at Trader Vics for all involved which was a nice little bonus.
    This was a nice blog post you wrote and sums life in Muscat up pretty well, the winters are amazing and the summers are a struggle.

  2. Thank you for sharing your opinion about Oman. For me, as Omani citizen, I think that your opinion would help to improve services for tourists specially the non muslims ^^ even though I noticed that there’s some changes for the better of course.

    oh right! are u in Oman these days??
    take care of yourself..

    Thanks again..

    • Hello and thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment.
      Good to hear that things are improving.
      I no longer live in Muscat, though I may at some point visit again as I still have many friends there and I love the place.

      I am temporarily in London now until next year when I will move to Seoul, South Korea. New adventure in sight.

      Incidentally I see that your name is written in Korean. Is that where you are originally from?
      Glad you enjoyed the post.
      Take care,
      Ros.

      • good day

        first of all I thanks lot your good post.
        Actually i am thinking to move to oman. I am computer science and mcitp and cisco certified. I am looking for opportunities that i can get good experience. cuurently i am living in qatar but here there is no chance for non-experienced. So, because you were living at oman you could advise me if it is a right decision to move there? if yes which sectors are opportunity? what about salary and life in oman?

        If you can help me its my pleasure

      • Dear Mohammad,
        Thank you for your kind comments I am glad you liked the post.
        To answer your question about finding a job in Oman I have to clarify that in order to get a job internationally one needs to be able to offer something that the local workforce does not have. This normally means both qualifications and a hefty number of years of experience in whatever sector you specialise in. This more or less applies to all countries where you require a work permit to work, not just Oman. So unfortunately when you say “cuurently i am living in qatar but here there is no chance for non-experienced” there is limited advice that I can provide.

        You do not mention what your nationality is. If you are a GCC national you may have some chances as companies sometimes open up opportunities for GCC nationals across borders (I remember for example once seeing a job ad by Etihad calling for Omanis to apply for specific positions based in Abu Dhabi) but if you are no GCC national and you have no specific experience to offer then you stand very little chances unless you know the right people who can vouch for your abilities (networking seems to be the next best alternative in certain circles).

        Unfortunately I cannot help on how to find work without experience however I can surely answer (some of) your questions:
        – is it a right decision to move there? Sorry it is very hard for me to say whether it would be the right decision for you. This is a very personal point of view.
        – if yes which sectors are opportunity? I still can’t say if yes but I can tell you that most of the expats that I know in Oman are or were employed in the following sectors (so one can safely assume that this is where expats are most in demand): oil and gas, construction (civil engineers abound), teaching, diplomatic services, law, business/management consulting, tourism (for very specialised skills; like top management, tour leaders with specific languages who know Oman very well, chefs etc.), aviation (pilots, flight attendants, flight trainers), entrepreneurs who set up their own businesses or enter in partnership with local companies to expand a business.
        – salary and life in Oman? some have it good but I am not sure it is the same for everybody. I should write a whole post about it…

        Good luck. I hope you find work.

  3. Very useful article……This is my third trip to Muscat Oman…,,,I m here for the first time on 18th Nov. The cars are decorated and have pictures of H.M. ..Al Sultan Qaboos Street is decorated …i loved it to watch yesterday night…WE are vegetarians…had dinner at Puranmal. It was nice but prices are bit more..but quality of good was good and ambience was good. Since we hav a 9 months old grandson who does not like dim light, we preferred this.

  4. Thanks for all the info mate,
    I will be leaving in January to Oman with work for at least an year and this was a good read for me. I’m in the IT sector too.
    Sadly I am freshly single and apparently it can get lonely there. Anyway thank you for all the information again and take care.

    • Thank you for the feedback glad it was useful. good luck with your experience in Oman. Like all expat postings your attitude will make all the difference. You shouldn’t need to be lonely, there are a number of single and non-single people who are out to have a good time in Muscat no matter what the city may or may not offer. It may seem lonely at first, that’s the same all over when you first land to live in a new place where you know nobody but personally I found life in Muscat much more sociable than in London. It’s not the number of people or the facilities that make a place sociable, it’s the time and willingness people have to be together; people generally seem to be pretty welcoming to newbies and in Muscat it seems that time is never short ;-). Enjoy and come back to let us know how it goes.

      • Thank you very much for the reply and the encouraging view on things.
        I will come back with a feedback in a few months. 🙂
        Regards and take care.

    • Well…it is indeed boring initially…but as u will get accostomed to Muscat, u may not feel like going back…provided u develope yr friend circulr/group….

  5. HI, quite an interesting post and am looking to move in the Emirates-Dubai, Qatar and now Muscat on my list in the field on journalism. Can you give me some advise for magazine and newspapers links and how an expat looking to move there, proceed?

    • Hi Vishal,

      Popular publications in Muscat are (do a search on google and you will find them):
      Muscat Daily, Oman Observer, Times of Oman, Y Magazine, The Week (theweek.co.om)

      You may want to get in touch with some of the major publishing houses in Muscat. For example

      http://www.apexstuff.com, Muscat Press and Publishing House, SABCO Media and Publishing.

      Finally Oman is an Arab/Muslim country where personal relationships often count more than titles or a professional CV. Though I could say that this is almost a universal truth, in Oman maybe it is even more so: recommendations go a long way and are often a more effective way to find a job than applying to a job advert. If you can I suggest you try to find leads in your immediate or extended network.

      Good luck!

    • Hi Matt,
      Thank you. Glad it was useful. I will shortly update the site with a contact section so that readers may contact me and ask questions. In the meantime feel free to post your questions here in the comments, they may be useful for other readers too. Ros

      • I have told my friends in India to visit Muscat, Oman atleast once during December to February. There is no direct flight from Pune to Muscat. Pune is just abt 180 kms. from Mumbai. Dental Treatment or other medical treatment is quite cheap and best in Pune when compared to that in Muscat. So it would be useful for the people living in both the cities. The quality of food in Muscat is excellent! I had no problem of having stomach upset etc. though i frequently had lunch/dinner in the hotels of Muscat.

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  7. Good day Sir. Thank you so much for sharing these comments. I have a job in Muscat already, starting March 2014, & i always wondered how it could be like living in Oman. I am a South African, I have lived in Canada before & I had a very wonderful experience there, it’s a free country very accommodating to all groups of people.

    I have been searching through the internet for such blogs like yours, but could not find answers to my questions. Surely your post have provided all answers that i wanted! Thank you so much.

  8. hello rob, i found the post very interesting. I was thinking move to oman to work. I work in the IT Banking sector and i have a lot experience. Could sou say me what is the best way to find a job in the IT sector in Oman?

    Thanks in advance

    Regards

    • Hi, I am Ros (not Rob 😉

      The IT sector in Oman is mostly in the hands of IT colleagues from the Indian continent so if you are Indian you may have better chances of landing a job in IT there. Also it depends on what kind of level of responsibility/position you are seeking and what expectations you have. What is on offer in comparison to where you work now may or may not be attractive to you.

      Like for all job searches (and even so more for overseas job searches) networking is the best way to find a job in Oman.
      If you really want to find a job you need to find a lead and to find a lead you need to work very hard at building your network (a good network can take a long time to build!).
      For the case of Oman even more so. I have seen people doing jobs there they were not qualified for or that they had never done before simply because they knew the right people and had the right attitude.
      Unfortunately it is a bit of a catch 22 because you will build the best network once you live in the country.

      If you have a chance to work in your home country with a company that does business in Oman you may get some opportunities to broaden your network. Scour your personal network to see if there is anyone who knows someone there or in the GCC, see if there is an Omani network in your country that would give you the opportunity to meet Omanis who live in your country (maybe through the Omani Embassy in your country if applicable?).

      Alternatively contact employment agencies that work with GCC companies and see if they have anything suitable for your skills.

      Another option is to research whether there are any big IT projects being tendered and approach a company that may have won the bid in case they need to employ people with your skills.

      Oman Tender-board: http://www.tenderboard.gov.om/Eng/
      or search google for Oman IT tenders..

      Approach the big companies:
      http://www.zubaircorp.com/InformationandCommunicationTechnology.aspx
      http://www.ocsinfotech.com/about_us.asp
      http://www.bahwanit.com/

      Some of the major banks in Oman: http://www.cbo-oman.org/related_Allbanks.htm

      Use LinkedIn to search for and connect with people who work in IT within the banking industry in Oman and try to find out if there are jobs going even before they get posted.

      As a last resort scour the internet and local company websites for openings and apply.

      Just some ideas. Good luck!

  9. nice post, you removed many of my fear….. i had a job opportunity in Oman. I was afraid to move to a Muslim country as I didn’t have much idea about life there. i was afraid to fall lonely..and so I moved to northern Italy which for the moment was exciting…then i realized people are too self centered here, and they are in love with themselves only.weather is too cold and i barely see the sun in winter. houses are old and expensive.high taxes, low paid jobs…and then there is a shitty bureaucracy with careless people in office. I am tired. I am asking to resume my job in Oman as a doctor. If they are positive, I will move there this year.

    • Hi Sohely,
      Sorry to hear about your experience in Italy. I am actually from Italy and it pains me to hear that but thank you for your honest feedback. Where are you from and how long have you lived in Italy? I hope you also have some good memories and not just the memory of the inefficient system and self centred people. Good luck with the job in Oman. If you end up moving there I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
      Come back after a while to leave a comment and let me know what your personal experience of Oman is like. Good luck!

      • Hey Rosi,
        In general Italy is very beautiful, the summer is wonderful there with the sea,and the food is great. There I found my love, my fiance is Italian. but we would like to move from Italy where we both can work. I am really curious about Oman. I would like to ask you, did u drive your own car there? How is the taxi service? is taxi safe? How is the housing condition? houses are comfortable?
        Please let me know when you have time.

      • Hi Sohely,

        I did drive in Oman so I didn’t have to rely solely on taxis (though I did use them when I didn’t want to drive after drinking in the evenings, most of the time I would not be on my own). The taxi service is OK. You can find taxis everywhere and I know a female friend who did not use to drive who used taxis all the time in Muscat. You would need to find a favourite and reliable taxi driver as they are not all good. Many drive while texting and are not very safe. But you will find good ones too and you can take their number so that you can use them again. Not a huge issue not driving however it does affect your freedom, it is better when you have your own car. I know because my friend who used to move around in taxis has finally managed to get her driving license now and she is very happy to be independent.
        The driving in Oman can be a bit erratic but then you have lived in Italy. 😉
        The housing is OK. It really depends on your budget. We had a budget for a villa when we lived there and my husband’s employer paid for it. Houses tend to be big but the standards of construction are not always that good. You need to look around a lot, it can be frustrating at first. Since I moved there they have built a lot more properties so the prices are not as inflated as they were when I moved there in 2008 and took me months to find a house. It is best if the employer pays for the accommodation. We lived in two houses in Oman. The first one was OK and a bit pricey for what it was but the second one was nice and lower price. I really liked living in that second house in Azaiba. Very comfortable.
        Apartments can also be big. It all depends on your budget.

        There is a growing Italian community in Oman. A lot of Italian businesses are starting there. If your other half is Italian once you move there he can register with the Italian embassy and he may get invited to some of the parties. It is a friendly community. Recently they have also started a page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/italianiamuscat/

        Good luck.

    • Well, it would b good if u leave Italy and go to Oman. There is very good scope for a Doctor…u can try n join a leading Hospital. In my opinion there is very good scope for a M.D.D.G.O. doctor.

      • Hello Kulkarni, Thanks for the information. I have sent my necessary documents to Oman health ministry. Now waiting for answer, which may take few months. I am a bit worried of life there. I am a female and alone. so I am worried of social security. In Italy I was absolutely safe. But I do not have much idea of safety in Oman.

  10. Hello again.

    So this is me after being in Muscat since January (except for a 3 weeks in March)..
    It is like nothing I had expected and I mean that in a good way.
    First of all I want to start with how friendly and open the people are. Unfortunately I don’t interact that much with locals (or not as much as I expected) because at work most of my colleagues are European, but I do have 2 very close Omani guys that so far I trust and admire more that the rest of my colleagues.
    I have been on a few trips before the summer came and saw a lot of wonderful places that I never imagined I will ever get the chance to see.To bad in the summer is too hot go hiking anymore, but rely looking forward for the “cooler” period.
    I though I was going to have problems with the food but so far most the food here is good. Even the cheap weird looking places generally they might surprise you in a very good way.
    On a personal level, no I did not get to meet someone so far but I met a lot of new wonderful people. I am going to some dance classes and the crowd there is amazing. So if you ever feel alone here I would suggest trying to go to some kind of these classes.
    The only downside for me in this whole thing so far is lack of a drivers permit so it’s pretty hard for me to get around, I always have to tag along with somebody.
    But all in all it is a good experience. I had a lot of worries but fortunately all of them were in vain. I do admit I still miss my Ex :)) and being here alone makes it a little harder to get over but it compensates with much more.

    Thank you again Ros and if somebody has some questions that maybe I can help with, I would gladly try and inform you here.

    See you around.

    • Hi Michael,

      I am glad you are enjoying it and thank you for coming back and letting us all know how you are getting on.
      It sounds just as I remember it then 🙂
      With time you will make more and more friends and who knows, you may even find your soul mate. There are plenty of single people in Muscat to meet 😉

      Also thank you for sharing the tip about dance classes. That’s true, it is a great way to meet new people. Any class. There are a few options in Muscat.

      I know the hot summer months suck but hang-on tight. Winter will be around again and even though it seems impossible to believe during summer, it will be nice and fun again. 😉

      Enjoy!

    • Hi Michael, I am interested in finding out more about living in Oman. Please if you have any info on;
      What is the nightlife like? any nice bars and restaurants.
      What is the cost of living? is it very expensive to eat out,
      What about housing, can you live in a place/apartment etc with a swimming pool? How much does housing cost?
      I would appreciate any comments would be great, thanks
      Patrick

    • pls how is working part time and also schooling part in oman…because i intend to move from nigeria to oman…i would be glad if u reply or inbox me

    • Hello dear
      how is your live in MUSCAT. IF YOU WISH, I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND . I WORK IN MUSCAT. I LIKE TO BUILD NEW FRIENDSHIP. I CANT HELP YOU TO GO ANYWHERE IN MUSCAT.PERSONALLY, I WISH IF YOU CAN HELP ME PRACTICE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WITH YOU.

      THANKS

  11. I’ve seen a number of expat posts here seeking help on deciding whether to move to Oman. Here’s my two cents worth…The capital Muscat is not a cheap place! Western expats looking at potential jobs in Oman should beware that the country has recently passed a raft of blanket expat-unfriendly laws. Things at this level here are often done in rash/knee-jerk ways. These laws do not differentiate between unskilled and highly skilled expat labour. The objective of these laws is for expats to ‘sacrifice’ for the large number of Omani youth (educated and uneducated) coming into the labour market. It is even said that the Omani monarch made a speech some time back in which he said: I will only be happy when there are no more foreign workers visible in Oman! I’m looking forward to the day when we see young Omanis ditch their expensive gizmos and line up for jobs at petrol stations etc paying pittance. After a few years here, I’m packing up and returning to the UK as my employer started a policy of intimidation against expats. Basically I was told that future pay rises would be bare minimal and that my position would be up for ‘Omanisation’ very soon. I found that quite amusing, I have over 20 years experience in the oil sector.

  12. Hi Ros,
    Nice to read ur post . Hope u are doing well. Actually I am to move abroad for a job . I am an architect in Sri Lanka. My friend living in Oman going to help me for a job. ..Can i know weather of Oman is so much uncomfortable?

    • Hi Manorima,

      In the summer months it is unbearable: very hot (temperatures can go above 50c during the day and be still in the 40s at night) and very humid (humidity that can go over 80%). Air conditioning is everywhere. However from mid September to end of March it is very pleasant (around 25c and dry).

  13. 1 can get a flat/apartment of 2 bhk @$1600 per month. Lot of housing projects are coming up in Muscat Oman. Availability of apartments would be more than the demand as I have seen number of Offices/Apartments are vacant in Muscat. If the trend of Omanisation goes up, it could affect local people who are getting handsome rent and who are getting nice amount of rials per month out of business due to entering into business arrangement with the expats.

  14. Hi Rose,

    I read all the posts and it is very helpful to me as I am searching jobs in Oman. I am doing Medical Transcription Quality Analyst in India. It will be very helpful if you give me information regarding Medical transcription jobs there in Oman Hospitals, whether I come to Oman with visiting visa and apply/through consultancy?

    • Hi, I honestly have no idea. The best thing is to find someone on LinkedIn who works in the same or similar sector to yours or at the very least in the medical sector in Oman and ask them what’s the recommended way to secure a job like yours over there. Best of luck.

    • Pl. check at your end if any of the Doctors in your area are regularly visiting Muscat. I came to know that 1 doctor from Pune [physician] goes to Muscat every month for consultation. Likewise, 1 Dentist from Mumbai also goes to Saudi Arabia. U can find some1 like this and thru his acquaintance you can secure a job over there…mere applying for job would be hardly help u!

      • Hi Mr Kulkarni
        Hope we belongs to same place pune , I m planning to move for muscat , as m a pure vegitararian ,
        Could u pls tell me how comfortable z oman for veggi.
        Wht z d procedure to carry medicine in muscat
        Pls share ur exp if anyone hs regarding same
        Thanks

  15. Hi ros,

    I enjoyed reading your beautiful experiences in oman and also to other readers that shared theirs.

    I’m a filipino planning to go on a visit visa in oman (salalah) soon to visit my 1st degree relative (My sister) who is working at Sultan Qaboos Hospital as a nurse for 4 years and also planning to look for a job in the IT industry while im there for 3 months. First, how is the IT industry in salalah compared to muscat? Most of the google job search results are all in muscat. I can only see few job postings in salalah in the IT sector.

    What would be the perfect time to apply for jobs in this country? Some say it will be better on October to March (that was for dubai)… how about for oman?

    Hoping for your reply soon!

    • Hi Jonathan,

      Thank you for reading my blog and for your kind comments.
      As for your questions I am probably not the best person to answer as I lived in Muscat and I only visited Salalah for pleasure.
      In any case I can certainly tell you that as you have seen from your searches online, possibilities for work in IT in Salalah, must be very limited (if any). It is a very traditional part of the country…
      I really don’t know what type of work in IT you are looking for but most likely Muscat would be your best bet.
      I really don’t know what the best time to apply for jobs is in Oman.. I think it is just a question of luck… if there is a vacancy and you happen to fit the role then it can happen at any time of the year. But maybe someone knows a reason why a certain time of the year is better than others? (maybe tied to school holidays and when families – hence expats – are most likely to move away and leave a vacant position… not sure.. only speculating).

      Maybe these kind of questions are better directed to a local recruitment agent….

      In general I think that the best way to find a job overseas is by networking. Seen that your sister works there probably she is your best link to connections in the country… good luck!

  16. Hi,
    Anybody know of a site that employs reliable maids who are willing to work on a part time basis only? ( not live-in).
    Many thanks,
    Cheers

    A.

      • During my stay at Muscat, I had visited temple of Lord Krishna. In the same premises 1 buddhist temple is also there. Adjacent to this, big Church is there. I have seen lot of Christian brothers n sisters attending the Church on Holidays. So one can go to the Church!

  17. Hello, it is quite interesting to read all these comments and the good thing Is that some people become addicted to this conversation if I could say.
    Anyway, I got in this conversation cause I was thinking lately to leave my country lebanon and to start from scratch with my family. I have 2 children 4 and 6 years old.
    I’m an architect and I don’t know if there will be opportunity to work in this field in Oman ?
    Thanks for your advise.

    • There is lot of scope for an Architect in Oman. Keep surfing. Good country to live in. Just take care not to keep precious metal like gold and more cash at home whenever you are out of town, as we take care in our country also.

  18. Hi Ros,
    very interesting story, I really appreciated it, thanks a lot.
    I might be moving to Muscat, in case with my family. I have 2 kids (4 and 7 y). What about schools in Muscat? I have seen few on the web. do you have any idea or rumors from other expats?

    Many thanks
    Max

    • hi Max,

      what information you are looking for regarding schools? International schools? Local schools? Schools are not quite my domain but international schools can be expensive so ensure that your package covers schooling expenses.

      Popular international schools while I was in Muscat seemed to be British School Muscat (BSM), American British Academy (ABA) and The American International School (TAISM). A couple of friends also had their kids going to PDO school.

      If you google these school names + Muscat you will find their websites.

  19. Hi! Just wondering, did you move to Oman alone? Because as a female, I’m concerned about moving to any Eastern country by myself..but I would like to live and teach English there

  20. I’m an Omani who lived in Oman my entire life but never thought of the real likes and dislikes in Oman until I read your blog. I believe that some of the dislikes like unskilled workers and poor customer service are brought by expats workers coming from less developed countries and inducing their culture to this market.

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    • Hi Ali….
      I m coming to Oman after ramdan.i hope all remain good.i just wana ask u if u can provide me information about p.d.o comny oman.how is it???and is over time work allow there??? Plz reply me if posible…

    • Hi Ali….
      I m coming to Oman after ramdan.i hope all remain good.i just wana ask u if u can provide me information about p.d.o comny oman.how is it???and is over time work allow there??? and in how much earning we can live their happyly without tention plz reply me if posible…

  21. This is my fourth trip to Muscat, Oman. I had visited this time Wadi Shab, and also Sink hole park-Najm Park. i enjoyed muscat Festival at Amerat and Naseem Park. I saw old photos of H.E Sultan Qaboos, the local youth also helped me to recognise the old photos. nice people. This time weather was quite good and I enjoyed morning walk almost everyday.
    @Sameer…S it is enough to live and save handsomely, if you are single. if you are with family consisting 2+1, still you can save about $1000. So go ahead.

  22. A most interesting read Ros, thank you. Been offered a job in Muscat this morning and have until Monday to give them an answer am reading everything I can!

    Decision time…

  23. Hi Ros, would like to know how is the medical facilities for expat? is there any special package for expat health care?

    • Hi, normally as an expat you should get medical insurance from your employer. Expats usually use private hospitals in Oman. They are OK for general stuff (the Sultan flew to a hospital in Germany so go figure). I have used Muscat Private hospital while I was there for some food poisoning and when my dad had an accident while visiting. I believe that’s the medical facility most used by expats.
      There are also a couple of respected eye laser surgeries facilities. I found a couple of really trusted dentists and Emirates Medical Centre was good at treating a skin condition. Overall it is good though I would probably choose to go back to Europe if I had something serious to be investigated, just like the Sultan did. 😉

  24. Hi Ros I am a Mechanical Engineer from india , I have recently been offered a job in a electrical fittings manufacturing company which is located in muscat. I am well versed with product design softwares like solid works.
    My question is does the designation of job matter while applying for a visa.
    i mean what is the difference between a worker visa and visa for professionals.?

    • Hi Milind, sorry I am not qualified to provide information on Oman visas and I don’t have this information. For matters so important as your job I always recommend to consult a professional or official websites online. People may answer forums or comments on blogs like this but you can never verify the reliability of the information.

  25. Hi Ros,

    I read all the questions by expats and their answers given by you, Very informative and thanks for your support to the people who are there/going there as expat in Oman. Keep it up..(y)

    Definitely all the information will be helpful for me as well when i will be in Oman.

    Pl suggest

    1) Will $2000 sufficient to live a bachelor life in Oman if i want to save $1400. (I have no drinking/smoking habit) I am a good cook if i get all amnesties out there :).

    2) Can i take private tuition there? Teaching maths is my hobby from last 10 years (From class 10th to Engineering students, all boards ICSE,CBSE,IB,IGCSE etc).

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Saket,
      It is very hard for me to comment on this as lifestyle is very subjective and there are many variables when considering the suitability of a package. Also I have been out of Oman for a few years and I am not up to date with the fluctuations of the cost of life there however:
      You say you want to save $1400 out of $2000 this would leave you with $600 (assume USD). That is 231 OMR. You do not even mention if out of this you would be expecting to pay accommodation & bills… Based on how things were when I was there that mount would barely cover the cost of the rent for a bachelor pad on your own.

  26. Thank you very much your comments are going to b very helpful for me in Future, since m going to move to muscat from India.
    Actually this is my first time m moving out from India having no exp. About new country.
    Let’s hope everything will be fine there ….and as per your comments hope it will be enjyble to live in muscat.
    Thank u

    • I really wish you so Gaurav. There are many people from India living in Muscat, try to get in touch with some who may work in a similar field to yours (eg do a search on LinkedIn) to get some feedback from them and see what their experience is like. Good luck!

      • Hi Ros, i m going to oman for work and all the info u gave is very helpful for me thankx alot.i just wana know that if it is in your knowledge that where is the p.d.o comny in oman and is it a good compny and can we do over time there.????
        Plz reply
        Thanku….

  27. Hi, your post is very helpful for a recruiter like me. We have a job opening (Teacher) to be bound to Muscat, Oman. However, one of the candidates we have contacted told us that they have had a bad experience in Oman and would never want to come back again, hence, they told us to do a thorough research so we can assure the security our countrymen. We felt bad about that comment although I have searched that most of the posts say Oman is the safest place, at least, to visit in middle east. I just thought that maybe that bad experienced they had was because of their attitudes. Have you ever heard of negative feedback on working in Oman? We really really need your feedback on this as you have worked there. Thank you and God bless.

    • Hi Juliette,

      Of course it is possible that people have bad personal experiences. In Oman like anywhere. My blog is totally about my personal experience and just because I had an overall positive one it doesn’t mean that it is not possible for someone else to have a totally opposite experience. Yes I have met some people who did not like it and eventually left.
      Working and living overseas will always be different from working in your own country or any country you are more accustomed to. Oman has certainly its quirks and challenges too and it is never going to fit everybody in every situation. Anyone deciding to move overseas should evaluate their options based on their personal circumstances. Also what may work at one stage in life may not work at a different stage, it is all very personal. There is no magic recipe or ready answer. Sorry.

      • You are right, indeed. Thank you so much for your advice. I’m so happy I came across your blog. At least, most of the posts I read about Oman are positive. It’s just true that it won’t be the same for everybody. Thank you again and God bless.

  28. Hello, I am in the process to move to Muscat. I have a quick question. Where should I receive my salary? I have heard that it is better to have the employer wire the money to homecountry account. Is this true? If not, is it very expensive to wire money from the local bank account back home?

    • hello Shibab,I am Giancarlo,I am from Italy,I visited Oman one time this year,I liked the experience but it was very limited in time,next time i’d like to go do the Dhofar region.do you hacve special advice about that?

  29. my name is sharifa and i hear that oman is a good country. so i want to fulfill my dream that one day or one time i will come and visit oman

  30. Hi.
    I have an opportunity to work in muscat as a specialist doctor.
    Can you please help me what salary I can expect there, or what is the average salary for doctors in oman

    Thanks. With regards

  31. Your list of complaints remind me of a teenager who is a spoiled brat. Boring this, boring that usually equates to a boring person.

  32. Hi,

    heard people saying its difficult to get a job one you return to your own country especially if you have spend couple of years there. I work in marketing field in India, which is a very marketing oriented market, whereas Oman has very limited options.
    Is it right? Can you suggest?

  33. oh sweet memories ….Muscat is a lot like the coastal towns in the UAE such as Khor Fakkan….secure and very safe, great outdoorsy stuff to do and if you’re looking for an exciting getaway, you can just drive to nearby Dubai.

  34. Hello guys, I am Esa from Indonesia. I want to ask out of the topic. anyone know contac interpreter korean to english in Oman? Because i need it quickly for the event, that event is between partnership korean and Indonesia in Oman. But till now I did’nt get the interpreter.anyone can help me?

  35. Hi Rosi
    I am impressed by your patience and devotion to help people out. This (at least for me ) indicates there is still some goodness in this life.
    I live in England for the 23 years. I am a surgeon. I have had enough here of everything. It is time to move to a sunny place. I am a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons .Been working here for the last 22 years. My experience in general spans more than 25 years.
    I have two questions if you could help me with :
    1. Are there any demand for surgeons from here ( private institutions and governmental )and how to go about this ?
    2. Any idea of the profit generated by keeping funds in Omani banks ( Names if possible ).
    I thank you in advance for your willingness to help and advise people.
    my best regards
    Marwan

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