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Muscat, Oman

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Muscat, Oman. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Muscat?

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

"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," remarked another expat who made the move to Muscat.

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What do I need to know before moving to Muscat?

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

"No doubt. Certainly Oman is wonderful place to spend life if you are nature lover and believe in family life. The best location to move in are Al Khuwair, Al -Athaibah, Al Seeb and Al Qurum. These are decent locations with shopping mall in close vicinity," remarked another expat living in Muscat, Oman.

How do I find a place to live in Muscat?

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We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Well, I got my accommodation through my employer in decent location. The apartment was spacious and well furnished with all basic amenities provided," added another expat in Muscat.

How do I meet people in Muscat?

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

"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," mentioned another expat in Muscat.

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What should I bring when moving to Muscat?

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People living in Muscat were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"Three things I would have bought are culture, respect and nature. Three things I would have left are infrastructure development, events and happenings and traffic accidents," commented one expat who made the move to Muscat.

Will I be able to find a job in Muscat?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Muscat, they reponded:

"Petroleum development is the main industry here, with many of the expat jobs revolving around that," said another expat in Muscat.

What is life like in Muscat?

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

"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," explained one expat living in Muscat, Oman.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Muscat accepting of differences?

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"The Omanis are actually a small percentage of the people in this city, as labor is mostly imported from other countries such as India, the Phillipines, Sri Lanka and others. In addition, many of the technical experts here are imported from Europe and the United States. The Omanis appear to be very friendly and tolerant and even interested in the differences of the Europeans and Americans; however, the laborer tend to be looked down upon," mentioned another expat in Muscat.

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What are the schools in Muscat like?

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"If you value good education, consider other options. As this school is not regulated by any governing body in the UK, they make up their own rules. There are children that have been kicked out of International schools in Muscat that this school has taken in. They have had cases of bullying, racism and sexism. Although the good teachers are few and far between, there are staff that act like they are there on holiday," said another expat in Muscat with children at British School Muscat.

"Don't bother. I can guarantee the one good review on this school on this site was written by a member of staff. If your company pays for your children to be at this school while you wait for a better school then that is fine. Do not waste your own money on this school though, you are better off keeping them at home," remarked another parent with kids at TLC International School in Muscat.

"To me it seems like a very nice school and children are very happy there. It is a small school and they have small classes so children can get individual attention and I have seen lots of progress in my children. I would recommend the school," explained one expat living in Muscat, Oman.

"Get your child on the waiting list now then make a visit to see if it suits you and your child. We chose BSM so we would be able to move our children back to the UK with limited disruption to their schooling but the curriculum and style does not suit everyone. We are very happy and the children are doing well there," said another parent with children at British School Muscat in Muscat.

"I would advise that anyone seeking to enrol their child at the school thinks very carefully before doing so, the school is quite clearly a commercial business with no thought or consideration for students or parents. This goes against the school's whole ethos, it's a sham, the school looks fantastic on the outside, new facilities and a new building but on the inside it is failing bright students! There was a previous post on this site attacking TLC which is also an International school, however this is a breath of fresh air with children being happy to be there and communication being encouraged together with all the necessary reporting on children and encouragement of parents to have input in all aspects of the running of the school. In my opinion there is no comparison and TLC beats Choueifat hands down every time," commented one expat when asked about The International School of Choueifat in Muscat.

"We would strongly advise against it. Even though most international primary schools and nurseries in Oman are booked out or oversubscribed, I would not recommend this school. In the absence of any alternative we would suggest contacting the distance education section of your education department in your home country for advice on homeschooling," explained one expat in Muscat, Oman with kids at TLC Oman.

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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