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An Expat Talks about Living in Salalah, Oman

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Salalah

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Become a member at the gym of one of the international hotels. Go to the Oasis Club (only real expat pub/ restaurant in town)

In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Salalah is a conservative Muslim town where most local women still are completely covered. As a non- Muslim expat you can wear what ever you like but it is very much appreciated if you cover your legs & arms. Muslim expat women are expected to cover up much more.

The contact with locals is usually work-related but the people of Salalah are interested in us "strangers".

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

University - professors of English language

Port - Management positions for port construction & operations.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Expats come here mainly for management positions and for the rest their life revolves around family and friends. There aren't many social activities that are organized so it's a bit do-it-yourself

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Bring a lot of humor & an open mind. Do come because it's a fantastic experience and they have the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen.

This town is changing quickly and if you want to see a bit of it's original culture you need to be here now and not in 10 years time!

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