The Odyssey Guide to Muscat

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Fraser Clarke

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Oman is often referred to as the Gulf’s hidden gem. The unique Sultanate offers a tremendous mix of traditional Arab culture and architecture, and more modern liberal values and beliefs than many of its neighbours.

Considered to be one of the friendliest locations in the region, it’s somewhat of a surprise that it is often overlooked by many considering a move to the area. Especially given the high quality healthcare facilities (and impressive salary packages) on offer in and around the capital city, Muscat.

Where to live?

Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos is one of the most sought after locations in the city, offering luxurious villas with gardens that are ideal for families. There are plenty of modern apartments for smaller groups too, and the district is just a kilometer away from golden beaches and a cooling breeze.

If you’re looking for a seriously luxurious standard of living then Shati Al Qurm is the best option. Located near the Royal Muscat Opera House, accommodation comes at a cost, but to many who find a dream home there, it’s one worth paying.

For a medic looking to maximise their earnings, the area of Ruwi in the heart of the city could be an attractive option. Prices are lower here, but the quality of accommodation can vary dramatically - making it vital that you view a property before committing to a rental agreement.

What is there to do?

Royal Opera House - Opened in 2011, but built in a stunning classical style, it is Oman’s premier arts venue.

National Museum of Oman - Keen to discover more about the Sultanate? Oman’s national museum, located in Old Muscat, provides a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past.

Al Riyam Park and Corniche - The perfect place from which to appreciate Muscat’s unique charm, you can take a stroll as the sun sets over the harbour.

Where am I likely to be working?

Most hospitals in Muscat are located in the north, or north-east of the city, however as a large area it can take almost an hour to travel from one side of the city to the other. The large high-quality hospitals are often located near the popular expat areas and international schools, however we’d always recommend that you know your commute before signing a rental contract. Traffic might be more manageable than in the UAE at peak times, however the roads can still be hectic.

Who is suited to a move?

We think a move is ideal for experienced medics taking their first steps into the Gulf region. Oman’s friendly atmosphere and relatively liberal laws make it an easier introduction to the Middle East for expats, whilst experience is vital when working in a department with few other Western trained physicians.

People with young families will also appreciate the lifestyle and safety, however those with slightly older children may find themselves struggling for things to do.

We also wouldn’t recommend Oman to those with little experience, as a lot of independent working and problem solving can be required. 

Whoever you are however one thing is for certain, you’ll be warmly welcomed into the Omani way of life.

Why move?

1 - The city still has a rich identity that hasn’t been eroded by new developments and high-rise buildings.
2 - Tax free salary packages can make a move extremely rewarding financially.
3 - There are a range of outstanding international schools.
4 - Oman is home to plenty of untainted natural beauty.
5 - By Gulf standards the Sultanate is relatively liberal, certainly far more so than Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and even the UAE.

Would you be interested in a move to Oman? Register on our website today to start your journey, a dream move could be closer than you might imagine.