Travel to Oman to backpack, study, intern, volunteer, work or live as a digital nomad, expat or emigrant?

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Intro: life and experiences in Oman
  • Oman has much to offer for travelers and expats alike. With its long deserted beaches, safaris through a wadi, ancient forts and impressive camel rides through the desert. Those who want to travel around the country can better arrange a car, though.

Backpacking in Oman?

  • Oman is not really a backpacker destination due to its absent infrastructure and high costs, but if you want to backpack off-the-beaten-path then you might be in the right place. 
  • Characteristics: beautiful nature, wild camping, safe, expensive, little affordable accommodation, poor public transportation. 

Traveling in Oman?

  • Traveling through Oman means beautiful landscapes with vast deserts to green oases and mountainous regions, as well as many cultural experiences and a safe environment. It is hot in summer, though.
  • City spotting: Muscat, Salalah, Ras al Jinz, Musandam, Sohar. 
  • Activities spotting: snorkeling with whale sharks, camping in the desert, trekking, visiting oases, staying with the Bedouins, visit the traditional “mud houses” of Misfat Al Abreyeen. 
  • Nature spotting: experience the Wahiba Sands desert, attempt to spot the Arabian leopard in the Dhofar Mountains, or spot dolphins next to your boat in the fjords of Musandam, also visit one of the beautiful oases such as Wadi Shab or Wadi Bani Khalid
  • Animal spotting: Arabian oryx, Arabian leopard, Arabian tahr, frankolin, sea turtles, dromedary. 

Studying in Oman?

  • Education in Oman: If you want to study in the Middle East, Oman is a good choice. The quality of education is good.
  • Language: Arabic and increasingly English, especially in international programs.
  • Studies: popular studies are particularly business administration, engineering and medical studies. The country also offers unique options for studies in Arabic, Islamic culture and regional economics. 
  • Study cities: Muscat, Nizwa, Schar, Salalah. 
  • Competencies: especially development of intercultural communication and Arabic language skills. Also, universities put a lot of emphasis on research, so strong research skills. 
  • Language learning: at universities, private schools, cultural centers and institutes. 

Internship in Oman?

  • Internships: internships can be found in various sectors such as tourism, banking and education, but internships in the oil & gas industry are particularly popular. 
  • Internship cities: Muscat, Sohar, Salalah, Nizwa, Duqm. 
  • Characteristics: cultural diversity, practical experience as well as professional skills, career opportunities in the region, many companies value mentoring. 
  • Skills: intercultural communication, language skills in Arabic and English, learning to adapt to a very different culture.

Volunteer in Oman?

  • Volunteer projects: volunteering on a full-time basis for several weeks is not easy to find in Oman. The best chance is through international organizations or volunteer websites.  More opportunities exist for volunteering alongside internship/study/work. Think of working for nature organizations or in education. 
  • Animal/Nature projects: stray dogs and cats, marine research and conservation. 
  • Characteristics: few options, especially for full-time volunteering including accommodation.  

Working in Oman?

  • Jobs: it is mainly expats you will encounter Oman, temporary job opportunities are limited and mainly in the field of education and tourism.  
  • Work culture: the work culture is conservative and a mixture of traditional customs and modern work culture. Respect for hierarchy and seniority is very important and although English is widely spoken, some knowledge of Arabic opens doors to deeper connections and more opportunities. The work week is Sunday to Thursday, with weekends on Friday and Saturday. 
  • Work locations: Muscat. 
  • Characteristics: a unique look into a totally different culture, combination of traditional and modern, English will get you far, do be prepared to adapt considerably. 

Working as a digital nomad in Oman?

  • Oman is not a popular country among digital nomads. This is mainly due to the relatively high cost. Still, it can be a fine country to spend a short time as a digital nomad if you can afford it. 
  • Favorite cities: Muscat, Salalah, Nizwa
  • Characteristics: relatively pricey, safe and warm. Alcohol is also hard to come by. 

Living in Oman?

  • Language: Arabic 
  • Quality of life: Oman is a safe country, with a stable economy, friendly people and good amenities. You can also easily get out into nature and combine adventure with the comfort of everything cities have to offer. However, it can get very hot in the summer, which can be unpleasant. The quality of life in Oman is generally high. 
  • Characteristics: stable, safe and quite comfortable. 
  • Health care: health care in Oman is of very high quality with modern facilities and well-trained staff. Do arrange your own (international) health insurance well.


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