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Salalah, 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 Salalah, 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 Salalah?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Salalah, 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 another expat in Salalah.

How do I meet people in Salalah?

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When we asked people living in Salalah 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)," said another expat in Salalah.

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Will I be able to find a job in Salalah?

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

"University - professors of English language Port - Management positions for port construction & operations," added another person living in Salalah.

What is life like in Salalah?

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When we asked people living in Salalah 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," said another person in Salalah.

What do expats in Salalah appreciate most about the local culture?

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"I love the sophistication of the people here. Although they keep to themselves they are always friendly and hospitable. Most of them are just plain lovely," said another person in Salalah.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Covering most parts of my body even when it's scorching hot. I also just cannot understand why women would agree to being in such a submissive role," added another person living in Salalah.

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

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"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"," remarked another in Salalah.

What are the schools in Salalah like?

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"The British School Salalah is small but very intimate. This is especially good if English is not your child's first language. The British Curriculum is followed and the level of education seems to be high," commented one expat when asked about British School Salalah in Salalah.

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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