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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Oman. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Oman?

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How do I meet people in Oman?

If you live in Oman, newcomers to Oman would love to hear your answer to this question.

If your answer relates to a specific city or town in Oman, please include the name of the city/town below:


When we asked people living in Oman about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

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

"If there is an American Women's Group (AWG), or other English-speaking group of women, join them, even if it doesn't sound like your thing. You will find a vast amount of knowledge, experience and advice, as well as new friends there. Although it sounds exclusive, our AWG has members from all over the world, including our host country, so you will make new contacts from a variety of locations. Also, if you have school-age children, immediately get involved in the school's parent volunteer or PTA program and volunteer for a committee...you will make friends faster, and that will be your saving grace on those days you feel homesick," said another retiree in living in Muscat, Oman.

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What is life like in Oman?

When we asked people living in Oman what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"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," added another person in Salalah.

"The Omani citizens appear to be very family oriented, with God (Allah) playing a major role in their lives. Although Islam is the main religion, there are other houses of worship in this country, including Protestant, Catholic, Hindi and others. We are asked to respect the Muslim holidays. However, we are not expected to fast during Ramadan, just to be respectful of their culture and eat in private, etc. The country has moved into the modern age, with cell phones, email and other modern technology and services," remarked another retiree in Muscat.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Oman?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Oman, they said:

"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," said a retiree who moved to Salalah, Oman.

"Oman is a very nice place to live. The houses are extremely large and beautiful and the climate here is safe and friendly. I would want to point out, however, that the temperatures are not as friendly. From March through October temperatures in the city appear to range from 98 F. to 125 F. plus a humidity factor of about 75-84%, or more. For the serious sports enthusiast, this means moving to indoor activities or swimming in pools that get so hot they have to be cooled for swimming. Houses are equipped with numerous air conditioners, as are all restaurants in the city, so it is not a hardship when indoors. It is even hotter if you are working in the desert! However, in November through February, the temperatures moderate and trees and flowers are planted everywhere. Driving here can be treacherous, as the drivers drive fast and very recklessly. The international schools here are excellent and there are many groups and activities available for everyone. All in all, this is a very nice place to live," said another retiree in Muscat.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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