Living in Oman guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Oman.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Oman

Banking in Oman

If you are moving to Oman, opening a local bank account is essential to receive payments such as salaries, and to make local ...

The healthcare system in Oman

Oman has a world-class health care system, ranked one of the best in the world. Unfortunately, most expats do not qualify for ...

Finding work in Oman

There is a demand for skilled labour in Oman, as the country continues to grow and expand. However, it is necessary to receive a ...

Obtaining Driving License in Oman : Tips and Suggestions

This article offers a comprehensive guide for obtaining a driving license in Oman – which covers tips, techniques and ...

Travelling around Oman

If you are relocating to Oman, it is important to understand how transportation works in the country. Generally, Oman is very ...

The taxation system in Oman

A major incentive for expats moving to Oman is the countrys tax haven status. As is common in some of the Gulf countries, income ...

The Omani lifestyle

If you are relocating to Oman, it is important to be aware of the countrys culture, for business and personal reasons ...

Setting up a business in Oman

Oman is currently experiencing economic growth, and is encouraging businesses and new industries to flourish in the country. In ...

Phone, internet, and mail in Oman

New expats in Oman will want to ensure they can communicate easily in their new country by setting up internet, telephone, and ...

Moving with your pets to Oman

If you are moving to Oman, you may wish to bring your dog or cat with you. Pets can be brought into Oman, as long as certain ...

Leisure activities in Oman

Omans diverse landscape and rich cultural history means there are plenty of activities, sports, and sightseeing to be done. From ...

Driving in Oman

Expats often prefer to drive in Oman, as it is the most efficient way to travel around the country. Expats are eligible to obtain ...

General visa requirements for Oman

If you are travelling to Oman, it is important to be aware of the countrys visa options and entry requirements before booking ...

Childcare and education in Oman

If you are moving to Oman with your family, it is important to consider childcare and education options.

Accommodation in Muscat

Muscat, Omans capital city, is a thriving waterfront metropolis, with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Many ...

About Oman

Oman is a small country, located on the Arabian Peninsula of the Middle East. Despite its geographical size, the country is one of great wealth, thanks to the oil industry, and it attracts many expats from all over the world. Oman is regarded as a progressive, safe, and welcoming country. The main languages spoken are Arabic and English, and the capital city, Muscat, offers a wealth of employment and leisure options. Oman is known for its high quality of life, progressive women's rights, and its peaceful history.

The country has been a key player in the region for thousands of years and obtained its independence in 1970 when the previous sultan was overthrown in a peaceful coup. The country has been run since 1970 by the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said.


Oman has a population of approximately 4.6 million, however, nearly 50% of the population are expats, which creates a country rich in diversity, and with a welcoming attitude towards newcomers. The oil industry is what brings most expats to the country, and the population generally has a high level of education. The country attracts expats from all over the world, but especially from India, Pakistan, the USA, the UAE, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, to name a few.

Around 50% of the population live in the capital, Muscat, and the main ethnic groups in the country include Arabs, Baluchi, and South Asian populations.


Oman, located on the Arabian Peninsula, borders Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The country spans 309,500 square kilometres and has always been important, geopolitically, due to its coastal access and waterways.

Although Oman is best known for its desert climate, the country is actually broken into six geographical regions:

  • Ruus al Jibal, the north of the country, composed of mountains, coast, and rugged terrain

  • Al Batinah, a coastal region

  • Muscat-Matrah coastal area, home to natural harbours, which allowed the cities of Muscat and Matrah to develop

  • Coastal tract and Masirah island- A low-level coastline, and the island is a place of military importance

  • Oman's interior- The county's interior, composed of mountain ranges and desert

  • Dhofar governorate- Fertile forested land and it makes up part of the country's border with Yemen and Saudi Arabia


Oman has a hot, dry climate, with low annual rainfall and temperatures in summer reaching 40 C and above. Spring and autumn are still warm also, around 25-35 C. Inland, away from the coast, temperatures can be more extreme. Dust storms can be common in the desert areas, and the only rainfall generally seen in Oman is in the winter months. New expats should be prepared for extreme temperatures, and it is recommended to avoid prolonged sun exposure in the summer and to consider sunscreen, hats, and long-sleeved clothing, especially for children.

Quick Information

Capital : Muscat
Official Languages : Arabic , English , Balochi , Urdu
Currency : Rial
Area : 212460 Km2
Population : 2967717
Calling Code : +968
Timezone : Asia/Muscat

Oman city guide

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