7 Tips for your Oman Relocation

1) FORGET HOW TO DRIVE

When a driver is all over the road in Oman you might say, "From camel to car." It means the generation that commuted by camel is the same generation that commutes by car.  Imagine the freedom of riding your camel compared to the structure of modern road systems.  There are lines, roundabouts, traffic lights and stop signs in Oman.  You should respect the traffic lights and the speed limits.  The rest is a little like a dance.  Try not to get your toes crushed.

A little traffic in Southern Oman.  Literally camels and cars.

A little traffic in Southern Oman.  Literally camels and cars.

2) BRING SNEAKERS

The main shopping complaint I hear from Westerners is about never finding decent sneakers.  Basically, you can get a few brands at extremely marked up prices.  However, if you have favorite athletic shoes bring them from home.  Bring two pair.

3) REQUEST INTERNET ASAP

For some unknown reason getting Internet access takes forever.  It took seven weeks (count that out - over two months) before ours worked.  We were at a property already wired for Internet.  It can be worse if you’re not previously wired. 

4) READ MUSCAT MUTTERINGS, Y MAGAZINE & CONVOS ABROAD

The blog Muscat Mutterings and the weekly publication Y Magazine have tons of information about events, venues, restaurants and social life.  Say hi to us at Conversations Abroad too.

5) SLEEP FROM 1-4

Most local shops are closed from 1:00-4:00.  The first week I showed up at various shops at 1:05 only to discover I had to go back home to wait for them to open again.  Plan on getting your stuff done between 9:00-1:00 and 4:00-9:00.

Shop timings at the local print shop.

Shop timings at the local print shop.

6) HEAT - GET OUT OF TOWN

Summer is hot. Last year a friend wrote home to explain the heat she said, “First, turn your oven on low, leave it for 30 minutes and then open the door and stick your head in.  It feels like that.”  I disagree.  That is only heat on your face.  You’d have to put your whole body in to get the picture.  Bring some lightweight pants and shirts to cover your skin and plan a trip to somewhere cooler in July and August.

7) SLOW DOWN

We run on “island time” in Oman.  People walk slowly, meals are a process, & requests always take time.  If you’re from a big city this can be quite a shock.  Eventually, you'll give in. Once you experience a few days over 50C (122F) you'll be glad that everything moves at this pace.

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