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Guide to living and working in Oman

Housing and accommodation in Oman

Most expat accommodation in any city of Oman is in the form of new and recent apartments, stand-alone villas or townhouses. All these options of accommodation are available in the form of annual rent, but expat must pay a deposit of two months’ rent first. The prices vary according to the size of the accommodation, area, how far from facilities. But in general, the average of prices is appropriate, for example: apartment with one room near city center costs 280 OMR in a month, and apartment with 3 rooms near city center costs 550 OMR. Much of employers or companies in Oman often provide accommodation for their expat employees, but expats should check the exact package covered by their sponsoring company."

Guide to living and working in Oman

Healthcare in Oman

Anyone thinking of moving to Oman will be satisfied after knowing the healthcare services there are very high quality. Both public and private medical facilities provide an excellent standard of care. Oman has nearly 70 quality hospitals, with over 6,400 beds, offering a range of specialized and general patient care services across the country. The private medical facilities in Oman like Starcare Hospital and Altas Hospital can compare to five-star hotels regarding services and facilities. But expat must expect that high-quality services cost much, also employers in Oman are not obliged to provide health insurance to their expat employees, so they must purchase private medical insurance. Always push for medical insurance with your job offer. For the pharmacies, expats will find in Oman a lot of them; many are open 24-hours a day, hospitals also have pharmacies and working all day.""

Guide to living and working in Oman

Transportation in Oman

There are a lot of varieties for transport, and you can pick the most suitable for you. If you decide to travel between different cities, you could take the bus. Also, you will find minibuses in Muscat and taxis. If you haven't any problems with negotiation; the taxi will be a good idea for transporting in Oman, and this is because taxis are not metered and haven’t fixed price, so expats must negotiate the price of the trip before you gets in. If an expat wants to travel over the sea, he will enjoy travelling by ferry and boats in Oman; there are many trips was operated by the National Ferries Company most of them between Muscat and Khasab, Shinas and Khasab, Khasab and Lima, as well as Shannah and Masirah. Also, you can use many informal fishing boats which operating along all beaches in the country that could be hired for short sea trips. The trip will cost about 5-15 OMR per person it depends on your bargaining skills with the fishermen."

Guide to living and working in Oman

Entertainment in Oman

Jobs in the gulf come with their perks, expats can enjoy living in Oman by doing a lot of fun and entertainment activities, like visiting the traditional Souq " Mutrah Souq" in Muscat (http://cutt.us/bMCtu) or visiting Nizwa the historical center of Islamic learning and Omani culture, you may also go to cinemas or the Aquarium and Marine Science & Fisheries Centre (goo.gl/FKPnpY), You may attend a show or ballet performance in the Royal Opera House Muscat (http://cutt.us/yV68t). You will also find many internationals restaurants that satisfied you taste. For those who adore outdoors activities, you will find many options for camping and off-road driving in the desert, swimming and diving in the beautiful beaches, hiking in the mountains, and watching dolphins. Also, you can enjoy playing Football or Volleyball, and visit impressive forts and mosques in Oman. In general, living in Oman is a great and the perfect place to boost your career, it is a safe and comfortable place, especially after knowing how to live there and deal with lifestyle aspects."