LIVING & WORKING IN OMAN

Oman is a peaceful, secure nation. Home to a friendly people who pride themselves for their unique traditions of hospitality. A vibrant economy, world-class infra structure and modern lifestyles make it a perfect place to live and work.

Location

The Sultanate of Oman is situated on the Eastern Part of the Arabian Peninsula

Area

309,500 sq. Km.

Population

Approx. 3.3 Million

Capital

Muscat

Languages

Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken by Hotel staff and tour guides

Currency

Omani Rial (RO 0. 387 = US $ 1. 00)

Time

GMT + 4 Hours

Air Connections

Muscat is well-connected to all parts of the world.

Dress Code

Being a Muslim country, it is important to observe a certain dress code. In public places, women should wear clothes that cover their upper arms and legs to the knee. Men should wear trousers and shirts. Shorts and sun tops are fine at the beach or by the pool

Infrastructure

Oil production accounts for almost half the country's gross domestic product. The country is on a rapid expansion path. The country’s road transport network and industrial infrastructure housing, health care and education facilities are world class. Of late, the Govt. has chalked out plans to cash in on Tourism as well.

Transportation

Oman's road network is well developed, particularly along the Gulf of Oman coast, where a highway connects Muscat with Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Another major highway connects northern Oman and Salalah in Dhofar. Driving on these world-class roads is a pleasure.

Banks

Most banks, like Bank Muscat, National Bank of Oman and Oman International Bank, offer services which include current and savings account, travelers cheques and currency exchange. Indian Banks like State Bank of India, State Bank of Travancore and Bank of Baroda have branches in Muscat.

There are Money Exchange companies that operate on Weekdays and Fridays. Demand Drafts can be obtained across the counter by paying Omani Rials.

Schools

There are a large number of reputed schools in Oman. The most popular choices among Indian expatriates are:

Indian School - Muscat (www.indianschoolmuscat.com )

Indian School – Al Ghubra (www.indianschool.com)

Indian School - Wadi Kabir (www.iswkoman.com )

These schools follow the CBSE syllabus, and the quality of education is on par with some of the best schools in India. Company provides free transport to school.

Other reputed schools include:

Srilankan School – Muscat

Pakistan School – Muscat

The American International School Muscat (TAISM)

American British Academy

The British School Muscat

Food/Restaurants

Muscat boasts a large number of restaurants serving Indian, Arabic and Continental cuisine. Some of the famous international chains include KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Copper Chimney, Saravana Bhavan etc. have a visible presence.

Shopping

Muscat boasts of some truly world-class shopping outlets – like Carrefour, Lulu and Al Fair. These outlets stock not only all varieties of vegetables, spices, condiments, food flavours and additives used in India but also the world’s best known brands and labels across all categories in addition to the latest in fashion, electronics, and jewellery.