How to Search for Jobs in Oman in 2019

Omanization of jobs in Oman in 2019

Are you looking for a job in Oman?

Well, finding jobs in Oman is not that easy anymore. Of course, that does not apply to Omani nationals. Omanization has made it very difficult for companies to hire expats across several sectors. Furthermore, more jobs in Oman will soon be available to Omanis only.

A List of Jobs in Oman for Omanis Only

In late 2017, Ministry of Manpower in Oman banned expat visa for the following jobs in Oman:


  MuscatManamaRiyadhAbu DhabiDohaKuwait City
Meal, Inexpensive RestaurantRO2.6022524.8124.522.05
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course10.9516110104.47103.288.64
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)2.32.42421.9421.691.82
Cappuccino (regular)1.811.7811.6717.3117.121.43
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)
Water (0.33 liter bottle)
Milk (regular), (1 liter)0.590.665.215.685.610.47
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)0.410.382.493.873.83 0.32
Rice (white), (1kg)0.780.90 7.517.497.40.62
Eggs (regular) (12)0.990.968.559.489.370.78
Local Cheese (1kg)2.422.3821.6223.1422.871.91
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)2.262.1918.5221.5221.281.78
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)3.23.7540.5230.53302.53
Apples (1kg)0.80.786.857.677.580.63
Banana (1kg)0.610.695.365.785.710.48
Oranges (1kg)0.720.725.446.836.750.57
Tomato (1kg)0.640.655.
Potato (1kg)0.410.434.253.873.830.32
Onion (1kg)0.380.3443.653.610.3
Lettuce (1 head)0.590.93.855.635.570.47
Water (1.5 liter bottle)
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)6.50 8.00 1262.0261.315.13
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)1.51.344.6314.3114.151.18
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)1.38 2.174.0913.1713.021.09
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)1.2224.511.4511.320.95
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)0.30.332.862.830.24
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)1514150143.12141.4811.84
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)12109.549.430.79
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)0.20.421.911.890.16
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)325028.6228.32.37
Gasoline (1 liter)
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)600080007500057246565934736
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)709570006428667693669225600
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment22.2151.06283.42211.93209.5117.53
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)27.9316.25244.09266.49263.4522.04
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult20.3824.72309.66194.46192.2416.09
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)10.2711.0393.0497.9596.848.1
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat3.537033.3933.012.76
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child9494.681132897.41887.1872.24
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child312722711771830265299202504
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)19.2517.25199.06183.66181.5715.19
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)18.9519.61210.38180.8178.7414.96
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)3227.17320.06305.31301.8325.26
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes26.9127.48248.24256.78253.8521.24
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre270311158025812551213
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre188218105817931772148
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre515676278949144858406
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre343437193032693231270
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre16451090477515703155241299
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre730765316069676888576
Salaries And Financing
Average Net Monthly Net Salary (Local Currency)551479599352615201435
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate0.05220.06330.03850.05220.05220.0469
If you work in Muscat earning RO1,100 monthly salary the table below will show you how much you need to earn in each GCC captital to earn the same standard of living
MuscatManamaRiyadhAbu DhabiDohaKuwait City
Currency Exchange Rate11.0230.1030.1050.1061.266
Salary Required in Local CurrencyRO1,100BHD1,266SR9,321AED16,145QR15,084KD1,035
Required Salary in Rial OmaniRO1,100RO1,295RO960RO1,695RO1599RO1,310



More jobs to be Omanized, eventually!

According to officials and parliament members there will be righter constraints on expat visa moving forward. In fact, despite several measures the public’s demand to absorb Omanis are on the rise. As a matter of fact, even companies complying with Omanization ratios are asked to hire more Omanis.


These people will find it difficult to find employment in Oman in the near future

Expats in general will have to present strong reasons for being chosen over Omanis. Obviously, certain professions are easy to justify. Labor-intense jobs with moderate pay cannot be filled by Omanis. That is why the construction sector in Oman is always under Omanized.


On the other hand, highly technical jobs and jobs require specific skills are open to expats. Such jobs include: operators, technicians, mechanics and other similar jobs . Similarly, expats occupying high-end jobs such as doctors, college professors and industrial experts will probably be in demand for decades.


We recently got a call from an expat looking for a job for his daughter. We simply told him it was next to impossible for him to succeed because:

  • She was an expat, obviously
  • Fresh graduate with no experience
  • Has a degree in business administration (just as many Omani nationals)
  • Being a female expat is make it more difficult to get a work visa

Other factors to consider when searching jobs in Oman

Companies have become very selective in their hiring. This is mainly due to the decline in oil revenues since 2015. They are more rational when it comes to salaries. No more generous allowances. Instead, companies offer a full package. This might not be attractive to those who are new to the region.

Also read Jobs in Oman in 2019


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