Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman. Muscat's economy is dominated by trade, petroleum and porting. The more traditional exports of the city included dates, mother of pearl, and fish. 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 Muscat is 1.6 Million (Metro) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0% for Oman as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Oman is based on the current personal income tax rate of 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Muscat is as follows: Muscat as at 1 October 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$990 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$710 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$254 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$25800 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2050 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$580 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$580 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2900 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$535 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$255 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$380 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$500 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$700 Muscat is -9.5% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 35.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 18.6% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Muscat for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Muscat) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Muscat is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Muscat? Register subscribe to your home location and Muscat and run your personalised reports.