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) (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.6% for Oman as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Oman is 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Muscat, 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): Muscat as at 1 April 2018 is high 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: Very High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Average Muscat is for example 18.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 28.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 12.5% 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.