About Oman

Officially the Sultanate of Oman, Oman is a traditional Arab country, which lies on the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman is bordered by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan.

The history of the Sultanate of Oman is one of power and influence not only in the Persian Gulf (with Muscat being the chief trading port in the region) but also in the Indian Ocean, all the way down to Zanzibar. In the 20th century, when Oman’s dominance started to decrease, the country collaborated with Britain with which it was previously competing.

The coastal area is hot and humid while the desert is hot and dry. Summer temperatures are around 35°C and winter temperatures are around 20°C. The heat can get very intense in Oman, so expats must be prepared to spend the hotter days at a slow pace, most likely indoors.

Oman is a conservative country; thus expats must expect restrictions on alcohol and must always dress appropriately. The best practice is for expats to research the religious and cultural traditions of Oman before they move to Oman.

English is widely spoken in the urban areas, but in more rural areas basic Arabic language skills might be a necessity.

Oman does have oil, but it is a declining natural resource. The country is working on diversifying the market to expand the economy, and develop more jobs in other sectors, such as tourism and agriculture. Expatriates in Oman are mainly concentrated in the capital city of Muscat and account for around 60% of the workforce.