Oman is in the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE. The climate is dry desert, hot and humid along the coast, hot and dry in the interior, and strong summer monsoon in the far south. The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken particularly in business, due to Oman's long association with the UK. Foreigners are not expected to speak Arabic, but attempts to use a few basic greetings will be appreciated. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Oman is based on oil, although in recent years, proven oil reserves have been holding approximately steady, although oil production has been decreasing. Oman has made active plans to diversify its economy and is placing a greater emphasis on other areas of industry, such as tourism and natural gas. Oman is known for its popular tourist attractions. Expatriate business dress is generally a suit and tie for men and a suit or a modest dress (with a long skirt) and a headscarf for women. Expatriates should observe and respect local clothing customs and adhere to conventions for travel in a Muslim country. The security risk for expatriates in Oman is low. Risks include hostility for offending local customs and sensibilities and the underlying threat of terrorism from neighbouring countries. The currency of Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR). Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Expatriates are generally required to use the private healthcare system. The population of Oman is 2.8 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.3% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Oman, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Oman as at 1 January 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Low Oman is for example -14.8% cheaper than USA for groceries, -20.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 77.4% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Oman for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Oman) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Oman is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Oman? Register subscribe to your home location and Oman and run your personalised reports.