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Moving to Muscat

Are you an ambitious tax professional considering a move to Oman’s capital? Muscat is a rapidly growing city with a large expat community and plenty of housing options. Very often it is cheaper than many European cities too, which is ideal for tax expats who are relocating. 

From apartments and villas to expat-friendly neighbourhoods and cost of living, we’ve prepared this guide to explore your options when moving to Oman with your Tax Job. 


Sunny harbour in Muscat.

Cost of Living 

In comparison to the UK, Oman is cheaper for the most part. Some groceries can be up to 75% cheaper, with larger supermarkets with fresh produce making a better shopping destination than smaller convenience stores. Car fuel is around 65% cheaper. 


Barista-made coffee and alcoholic beverages are more expensive than the UK average. However, restaurants are generally up to 60% cheaper, with a widely varying price range and cuisines. 


Entertainment is very affordable as well; tickets for a show at the Royal Opera House Muscat start from just £5.94, less than a cinema ticket! 

 

Finding a Property 

Before arriving in Oman, consider browsing websites that have property listings updated regularly.  


– OLX is the equivalent of Gumtree; many landlords post their properties there. 

– There are also some real estate agents with an online presence such as Al Habib 

and Savills.  


After arriving in Oman, take a drive around the areas suggested below and look out for banners on any properties that are available. However, be mindful when dealing with private landlords and ensure you sign a lease before making payments. You may also want to visit some of the local real estate agents in person to explore their offerings for tax expats. 

 

Where to Live in Muscat 

Having an idea of the areas that best cater for tax and transfer pricing expats is important, as this will ensure a smooth transition when moving to a new country. These areas vary in terms of rent, however, most job offers for expats include a rent allowance. 


View of the city of Muscat with mountains in the background while the sun sets.

Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos 

‘Madinat Qaboos’ for short is a much sought-after area that is in the heart of central Muscat. The properties vary; including modern apartments, villas with gardens and swimming pools, older-style gated communities and more. It is surrounded by a variety of services, including many cafes and restaurants, an off-license, a vet and a gym. The British School Muscat (BSM) as listed in our Education in Muscat Article, is also in the neighbourhood. The popularity and convenience of this area are reflected in the property prices owing to the fact that many expats and Omanis live there. 


Al Qurum 

This area covers a large part of Muscat with many housing options available for expats. It has a mix of apartments as well as villas and larger houses. Al Qurum is a popular shopping area with Sabco Centre and Al Qurum Complex all nearby. The beach is also a walking distance from some parts of Al Qurum, where snorkelling and jet-skiing are on offer. For nature lovers, Al Qurum Natural Park is a large green area with flower gardens, a pond and a theme park – making it a lovely place for hardworking expats to go for a walk during the cooler months. 


Shatti Al Qurum 

Translating to “The Beach of Al Qurum”, this is an upscale beachside area with some parts resembling Greek-style coast towns due to the white and blue villas. The beach is a stone’s throw away and the area is home to one of Muscat’s hotspots for restaurants, bars and cafes.


The Royal Opera House Muscat and the Opera Galleria are nearby, where cafes such as Richoux and Fauchon are on offer alongside luxury shops including Armani and Patek Philippe. Ladies can indulge in one of Boudoir Boutique’s beauty and spa services. As implied, the area is probably one of the priciest ones in terms of rent – but you pay for what you get! 


Al Azaiba 

This is a rapidly growing area with villas being the primary type of property on offer. The area is nearby the beach as well; however, you will likely need a car to get to the neighbouring shops. This is another area that is popular with expats however and is becoming increasingly popular. The American International School of Muscat is nearby. 


Al Mouj 

Al Mouj, or previously The Wave, is a gated community of villas and apartments with a very large number of expats. Having its own beach as well as playgrounds for children, this is an ideal place for families. However, it is also suitable for couples with many restaurants and new hotels such as the Kempinski all located within the complex. The beach also has its own yacht marina and sailing facilities for the adventurous! 

 

If you are interested in a move to Oman or anywhere else in the world and would like to speak to Kingpin International about International Tax Opportunities, please contact a member of the team. Alternatively, please browse our current International Tax vacancies. 

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