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Oman is a country that has traditionally had and still has strong ties with the UK.

Oman is a country that has traditionally had and still has strong ties with the UK. It is also an oil-producing country. Situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Oman has a hot, dry desert climate. Oman is surrounded by the region of the world known as the Empty Quarter. This is a vast impenetrable desert that was made famous in the West by the British explorer Thesiger. He travelled across this wild place with the local nomadic tribes. Apart from desert excursions, ex-pats can explore the rapidly growing capital, Muscat, which has the splendid Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman’s National Museum and the new opera house. There are also beautiful beaches, historical forts and traditional markets. For those looking for something more upmarket, Oman also has some impressive shopping complexes. The Grand Mall is the premier destination for shopping in Muscat.

Politically, Oman is a sultanate and has had the same leader, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, since the 1970s. He has tried to champion more equal rights for women in the country. This does not mean that Oman is liberal. People, especially women, are expected to dress conservatively. This means no cleavage, shoulders or knees on public display. If travelling alone, women should also avoid eye contact with drivers to avoid sexual harassment. However, in Oman’s capital, Muscat, foreign women have an easier time wandering near the Western hotel area. Those ex-pats who respect and adopt a more modest approach to life will find that Omanis are extremely friendly and hospitable people.

Known as one of the oldest places for humans, Oman has historic evidence going as far back as 106,000 years! The capital of Oman is Muscat but the city of Dereaze is known to go as far back as 9000 years old. Islam is the main religion across Oman with the national language Arabic. Interestingly Oman was one of the first countries to recognise the United States of America as an independent country. They have had a strong relationship ever since. An example of this strong bond is the popularity of Mountain Dew. Whereas the rest of the world would be dominated by the likes of Coca Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull. Oman’s top-selling beverage is Mountain Dew so much so it’s referred by some of the locals as “Omani-Alcohol”.

If you are looking to drink alcohol in Oman you will need a permit. Oman doesn’t prohibit alcohol but it does require a permit for all members. Interesting on the permit it requires you can’t spend more than 10% of your income on alcohol.

Oman is world-renowned for its breeding of Arab horses. The first horse in Arabia, Zaad Al-Rakeb was reportedly from Oman who is part of a large portion of horses bloodline across the world today.

 

Teaching Opportunities

There are few native English speakers living in Oman, which means that if you choose to teach in this country, you will be in high demand. Many young Omani students or young professionals are studying English because they wish to travel or move abroad to work and study. This means that there are job opportunities to be found in private language schools, state schools, universities and also corporate settings, due to the oil industry.

Expectations of teachers are high in Oman. Teachers are required to have a degree and a 120-hour TEFL certificate. Contracts are for 20-25 hours of teaching a week, and you need to find a job before coming to the country due to strict immigration controls. Employment opportunities can be found online or in newspapers, such as the Guardian and the Times Educational Supplement. The jobs offered have an excellent tax-free salary and benefits. These benefits include furnished accommodation, medical insurance, visa assistance, paid annual leave and reimbursed airfare.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/ BS degree required
  • Typical Contract Length
    12 - 24 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    May – August, all year round
  • Visa Info
    Work visa in advance
  • Typical Students
    Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    250-400 OMR
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    765-1,575 OMR

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