Living and Working in Oman: A Guide For All Expat Job-Seekers

By Anshuman Kukreti, 26 March, 2015

Oman- one of the leading global destinations amongst the countries in the Middle East, is rapidly becoming one of the hub nations to harbor expatriates from all across the globe. The country which stands at an estimated GDP of nearly US$81,550, is quite renowned for providing immense job-opportunities to those who are talented, skilled and hold the right qualifications in their fields of interest. The same has enticed millions from various countries to try their luck and flourish in their professional lives.

But, aren't there certain things you should know about, before relocating to this country?

Hold your horses my friend, the discussion to follow will talk about certain idiosyncrasies of the working environment in Oman. Give it a good glance to grasp as much as you can.



The country has simplified visa requirements, majorly to boost its tourism industry. There are majorly two types of visas- one for employment (sponsored by the employer) and one for residence (when sponsored by a family member).

In most of the cases, you or your employer will apply for a residence visa at the Oman embassy in your own country, before you leave. So there's pretty much nothing you need to worry about, if you've already secured a lucrative job in Oman.


Employment Contract

The employment contract offered to you will probably include a detailed job description, also comprising of a clear list of your rights and responsibilities. You can also have this document formalized in Arabic once you land in the country.

However, if a part-time job is what you desire, then you may not get a formal contract, and might have to make peace with a verbal agreement instead.

In addition to the remuneration, benefits, responsibilities etc. the contract should also contain all conditions leading to termination, also constituting the notice period to be served and the penalty for violating any of these conditions.

Nowadays, the job contracts offered in the country tend to be open-ended and include clauses which seem in favor of the employer. For instance, a minimum six-month waiting period between issuance of work visa (during which the worker may not change his visa to work for some other organization).


Medical Examination

It might come across as news to you, but in Oman all expatriates have to pass a medical examination prior to getting any work-residence visa issued. The examination is nothing but a general health check-up to screen infectious diseases or infirmities.


Working Hours in Oman

Like most of the countries in the gulf, a working week in Oman usually ranges between 40 to 48 hours, depending on the organization's policy. Office hours are usually from 8.30/9 am to 5.30/6pm.

However, in the month of Ramadan, the working day is reduced to six hours, which is granted to the Muslim employees in most of the companies.

Friday is the Muslim rest day. If your company has a five day working week, the other day off would either be a Thursday or Saturday.


Remuneration and Perks in Oman

In addition to the normal wages, all contract workers are awarded an 'indemnity' at the end of their contract period. These are end-of-contract bonuses which are required by the law, to be paid to expatriate workers for serving the state, for the required period of time.

It usually mounts up to 15 days of pay per year of employment for the initial three years and a month's salary for every year of service after that.

It might just happen that the salary pay gets delayed. This is quite common in most of the Arab companies, majorly due to the fact that they encounter occasional problems relating to cash flow and banking delays.


Social Security in Oman

In Oman, all citizens between the age of 15 to 59 are covered by the social security scheme, provided that they are employed and have a permanent employment contract.

Once an employee reaches the age of 60 (men) or 55 (women), they are entitled to claim an old-age pension. However, paying social security contributions for at least 180 and 120 months respectively is a significant pre-requisite.


Author Bio: Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the emirates job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics relating to employment across the gulf. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.

Tags: interest | Economy | Work | Middle East | Employment | expatriates | employees | Oman | law | banking | environment | social security |



Articles Archive