Living in Oman Guide

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Expats in Oman find a varied climate - sometimes pleasant and other times harsh - well-regarded international schools, and plenty of excellent restaurants to frequent.

Expats in Oman - 5 Tips For Living in Oman

Expats in Oman live in a country at the mouth of the Persian Gulf on the southeast corner of the Arabian peninsula, which of course means that many of the expats there work in the energy industry.

Things For Expats to Do in Oman

An expat that lives in Salalah recommended expats "become a member at the gym of one of the international hotels" and to "go to the Oasis Club (only real expat pub/ restaurant in town)." Another expat in Salalah reported "the weather was lovely and I was at the pool 3-4 times per week. Swimming, sunning, relaxing."

Another expat wrote: 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.

There are excellent restaurants in Muscat and also in Salalah.

Expat Housing in Oman

An expat in Muscat, Oman reported living in a Detached villa. The expat wrote that "this is typical. We have lots of space, marble floors. We like our landlord. But, we have an old-fashioned kitchen. The landlord won't refurbish it because he doesn't understand the British tradition for using the kitchen as the hub of family life. In Omani culture, the kitchen is for servants and the family would never set foot in it. So it's dark, with a small window, 70's tiling, grimy grout and an old wallbanger AC."

An expat in Muscat wrote: "as in most cities, the houses nearer the centre (though Muscat doesn't really have a centre, as it is spread out along the 40km main highway) are older, but usually have more character.

Cost of Living in Oman

The cost of living for expats in Oman is reported by numbeo to be 28.28% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Oman is 35.40% lower than in United States (average data for all cities). When comparing the cost of living in Muscat vs. New York, Muscat costs even less to live there.

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Expats in Oman are Subject to a Harsh Climate

An expat also shared that "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."

International Schools in Oman

An expat in Muscat wrote that "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."

An expat parent whose children attended the TLC International School Azaibah reported: "We feel that TLC promotes posiitve relationships between parents, and the community. The staff are helpful, friendly and dedicate."

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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Jan 18, 2016 15:48

Tip #6 forget about living in Oman, it isn't worth it no matter how much they pay you, your life is worth more!

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Jan 19, 2016 17:16

Very nice 'feel good' article.

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