Known for its friendly people, Oman is a country located on the Arabian Sea. Oman is one of the fastest developing countries in the Middle East. With a hot and dry climate, Oman is a great country for those looking to experience an authentic Middle Eastern way of living. Oman is made up of a vast desert region and mountains, and it is home to many historical forts, which are its best known landmarks. Traveling in Oman can include desert camping, a trip to the beach,Sands and shopping at traditional markets.
Weekend At the Capital City of Oman, Muscat
As the Capital of Oman, Muscat is the largest city in the country, as well as the seat of government. Since the ascension of the current Sultan, Qaboos bin Said in 1970, Oman has seen rapid infrastructure development. Muscat is home to many notable landmarks, including the famous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Oman National Museum, and a brand new opera house (opened Late 2011). For those interested in shopping, the largest mall in Oman is situated in Muscat—the Muscat Grand Mall—with many smaller other malls scattered throughout the city.
Teach In Oman – Overview
Oman is arguably the most overlooked country in the Middle East for those interested in teaching abroad. Located on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is a culturally rich country that offers a unique Middle Eastern teaching experience; striking a balance between the more expensive and internationally geared UAE and the more reserved lifestyle offered in Saudi Arabia.
Those who have decided to teach in Oman have found the Omani people to be extremely hospitable and their culture to be very open and accepting of foreigners. The role of a teacher in their society is held in high regard so teachers can expect a good deal of respect and good behaviour in the classroom and in the workplace.
With a long and beautiful coastline, Oman would suit teachers who enjoy the ocean, but there is also the option for camping and desert trekking away from the water. Muscat, the capital, has a solid expat community but many of the other cities are still developing and can feel slightly more isolated than the capital. The salaries in Oman are quite competitive and the cost of living is quite low (especially outside of Muscat), so the ability to save money is another reason to teach in Oman.
There is a strong demand in Oman for qualified English language teachers at English language centers and government run universities. In addition to language centers, there is a growing number of international schools and private schools that seek qualified teachers to teach primary school up through to the high school level. Due to visa requirements and the teacher recruiting cycles, teachers are advised to commit to an employment contract with a reputable employer prior to arriving in Oman.