Cost of Living in Muscat

Summary about cost of living in Muscat:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.60 ﷼ 2.00-4.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 11.00 ﷼ 9.00-24.34
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 2.40 ﷼ 2.00-3.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 ﷼ 2.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.00 ﷼ 2.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1.80 ﷼ 1.30-2.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.22 ﷼ 0.15-0.40
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.11 ﷼ 0.10-0.20
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.34 ﷼ 1.87-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.41 ﷼ 0.27-0.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.38 ﷼ 0.27-0.45
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.07 ﷼ 0.80-1.30
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1.55 ﷼ 0.91-2.27
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.06 ﷼ 0.50-1.36
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1.19 ﷼ 0.91-1.50
Apples (1 lb) 0.39 ﷼ 0.32-0.49
Banana (1 lb) 0.30 ﷼ 0.25-0.41
Oranges (1 lb) 0.31 ﷼ 0.23-0.45
Tomato (1 lb) 0.28 ﷼ 0.22-0.45
Potato (1 lb) 0.19 ﷼ 0.14-0.45
Onion (1 lb) 0.17 ﷼ 0.11-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.53 ﷼ 0.20-0.80
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.21 ﷼ 0.15-0.30
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.50 ﷼ 4.50-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.50 ﷼ 0.50-2.27
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.63 ﷼ 0.50-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1.30 ﷼ 1.19-2.40
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.30 ﷼ 0.30-0.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 15.00 ﷼ 0.00-29.80
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.00 ﷼ 0.60-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.32 ﷼ 0.32-0.48
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3.00 ﷼ 2.00-5.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 0.84 ﷼ 0.76-0.91
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 7,000.00 ﷼ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 7,226.09 ﷼ 6,000.00-8,500.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 21.07 ﷼ 10.00-35.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.05 ﷼ 0.03-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28.00 ﷼ 20.00-35.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 20.48 ﷼ 10.00-35.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.21 ﷼ 5.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.50 ﷼ 3.00-4.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 91.42 ﷼ 30.00-180.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 3,097.92 ﷼ 1,200.00-5,500.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 18.17 ﷼ 10.00-30.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 17.10 ﷼ 10.00-36.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 29.65 ﷼ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 26.12 ﷼ 15.00-40.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 266.25 ﷼ 200.00-400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 187.29 ﷼ 130.00-250.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 478.00 ﷼ 350.00-850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 311.88 ﷼ 220.00-500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 139.10 ﷼ 34.84-278.71
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 75.42 ﷼ 18.58-111.48
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 566.15 ﷼
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.00 3.50-6.00

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Last update: October 2019
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47 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Aug 16, 2019 :
I have got an offer of 750 OMR per month without accomodation.i am married with no kids.can anybody help whether it is a good offer or not and also pls let me know how much I can save per month
#Brajesh on Jul 25, 2019 :
Hello all, i am a dentist,got an offer of 700 OmR per month + accommodation provided
i am married man with 3 year experience
I’m not sure if this is a good offer, can anyone help please?
I will be grateful if you could tell me if i should acceptor wait for a better offer.
#Mr Z on Jul 12, 2019 :
Hello all, i am a teacher , got an offer of 345 OmR per month + accommodation provided .
I’m not sure if this is a good offer, can anyone help please?
I will be grateful if you could tell me if i should acceptor wait for a better offer.
#Bhavin Parmar on Jul 06, 2019 :
I got a job offer from muscat and they have told be to get back with an offer can anyone help me. I am a married man and have 5+ years of experience in advertising. Can please someone help.
#Muhammad Asif on Jun 01, 2019 :
I am an MBA qualified individual with 10+ years experience in accounts and finance field. i am living in karachi and in recent years tried to move to dubai( my birthplace) but didnt go due to economical uncertanties. my two cousins are based in muscat ever since they moved from dubai some 2 decades ago. obviously theyre earning 1200+ omr as theyre omani citizens. what salary can i expect if i move there as married bachelor. muhammad asif
#Lorelei Hernan on May 17, 2019 :
I am offered a teaching job in Muscat and the salary is 280 OMR with free accomodation and transportation. Should I grab it considering that I need to send money for my family's expenses in the Philippines?
Thank you!
#Saher on May 12, 2019 :
I want to get a job in Oman I'm advocate
#Mohammad on Feb 23, 2019 :
I want to find job in Oman as an electrical engineer how can i find a job.with internet or going to Oman.
#Alex on Feb 17, 2019 :
Hello everybody,

Please, I have a job offer in Muscat for a monthly salary of 2,000 OMR. Would that be enough for 4 family members? But details: With car and health insurance. And no residential rent / no school paid for the children / no annual flight to my country ...

#Anonymous on Jan 26, 2019 :
Is that much salary 1500 OMR/ per month enough for of 3 person family (in with 2 are not working) without accomodation and transportation and is any chance to save money?
#Hamed on Dec 01, 2018 :
Benham, Muscat actually cost of living is very cheap, you can save around 40% of your salary if you live simple life.
#Behnam on Nov 15, 2018 :
I have been offered a job as maintenance technician,1250 OMR/Month is this enough for a single person to live there and send half of this for my family???
#Anonymous on Oct 18, 2018 :
Hello to everyone,
I've ben offered a job in Muscat for monthly salary of 1.800 OMR. would that be enough for 3 members of family.
#Nicki on Oct 06, 2018 :
Live in Muscat, (have some years now) So I will answer a few questions:

@Nathan with your income you will MORE than be able to livee just fine in Muscat and save A LOT of money. ( With 6000 OMR, you can pay for tuition and full time nanny (ies) for all of your children, and still put aside a good amount of savings. Definitely look into investing in property as it is quite cheap. Even With half of your income you could still do well.

@Yugesh 700 rial with a wife and kids? Unless you are being provided accommodation, transpo, and utilities included? DON'T do it. For a family of 4 with only one regular income? I would suggest coming on a single visa, and send money home. If not, then ask for more, like at least another 300-400 OMR more.

Look if you have a family, do not come here unless you are making at least 1,000 and up. And with OMR for base income, make sure you include housing. If not, then you need to make sure you are making 1,400 OMR.

If you are single and childfree, 700-800 OMR is more than enough. Especially if you are receiving housing.

Let me break it down: You can find a cute apartment in Mabaila for 125-175 OMR which is an upcoming area. ( Brand new malls, only 15 minutes away from city centre, etc) However, if you want to live in a more central location like Qurum, (more affluent/more Western expat based), go ahead and multiply that figure by 3 or 4. Average apartment there starts around 350 OMR and up and that's for one bedroom/studios.

Car: Most people finance here, so if you want a mid size or mini suv, you will pay 150-180 OMR per month. Compact cars generally around 125, unless you can put a good deposit down. (Most dealerships want about 1000 OMR down, but some can do it with 0 down.)

So let me break this down: If you are making 700.

-200 OMR for housing, (including utilities)
-160 OMR for car

You are already at 360 OMR. With only 340 leftover. Take out about 30 OMR for internet, and for a family about 70-80 OMR for groceries for a family (food is hella cheap here) That leaves only about 250-260 OMR for childcare, gas, etc and other expenses. And I'm sure you want to take the occasional vacation, or eat out at a nice restaurant every now and then. Again for a single person, or even a couple this is doable, for but for a family of 4? NO.

Muscat is extremely affordable. However, for those of you who want to bring your families, please think twice unless you are making a decent amount.

@Mohammed 1200 OMR including housing, etc is good. You can work with that, it is doable.
#Nathan on Oct 02, 2018 :
Morning All

I have been offered a job as a Project Manager - 6000 OMR/month (tax free) plus full expat package (residential, family-based position) including accommodation allowance, business class flights, car and medical/healthcare.

Not knowing much about Oman (and Muscat) can someone let me know if this is a decent package for a family of four (wife and two children), noting that my wife will probably not be working.


#Yugesh on Jul 20, 2018 :
i am offered a salary of 700 Ro as a complete package ,is that enough to survive and save considering having my wife and 2 kids.aged 3 and 6 year old
#Anonymous on Jun 18, 2018 :
I see the comments are too old and no one answers the questions.
I am thinking of relocating to Oman. I am a tourguide
Do you think I can find a job there?
#Krishna S on Jun 17, 2018 :
I am accountant with 7+ years of experience in accounting field & 8+ years in technical field (Combined 16+ years in Total)and I got a job offer for Senior Accountant based in Muscat-Oman. They are offering me 300 to 350 OMR per month plus sharing accommodation and Local transportation. Will it be sufficient for a single person or should I negotiate the salary package. Please suggest me. Thanks.
#Surendra on Jun 12, 2018 :
Cost of Rents in muscat are costly and you need to spend nearly 250 - 300 for single bed room flat. Another 200 to 300 for family expenses.
#Mohammed on Sep 10, 2017 :
I am a HVAC maintenance engineer with 10 years of experience and I have a job offer in Muscat with total salary 1200 OMR includes all allowances. Is this offer appropriate for me and my spouse and two kids at primary school.
#Mr. Yves Michel Fotso on Jun 14, 2017 :
Goodday to you and your Family. I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as
a means of investment in Abroad. I do not know too well on how this is done, So I will need you to help
me in this regard.

My preference is any good profit yielding business and I would appreciate any viable ideas you could
come up with. I will also need you to help me look for properties like homes and lands for sale as I
am proposing to invest in the USA and Canada. Also we can work with your projects if found profitable.
For a brief on my personality; My name is Yves Michel Fotso a Cameroon Business man and I am willing
to do business. The stock of Commercial Bank Cameroon, is privately owned by Cameroonian and foreign
investors. The major shareholders are listed in the table below:

I am President in this bank, Former Managing Director, Cameroon Airlines and I run other businesses in Cameroon
as well. Please I expect your good and prompt reply so that we can proceed swiftly. My representative would
travel to meet you to discuss potential areas if all is agreed.

Best Regards,
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Address: 41 Quartier Manguissa, Yaounde, Cameroon.
Personal Email :
#Ahmed Abdelhay on May 30, 2017 :
I have an offer there as senior .net developer I am asking for the average salary for this position.
And I want to bring wife and one child what the best to live there with them?
#Mohamed Ali on Apr 20, 2017 :
I'll be here in muscat next week I worked as accountant and u want job description and job offer in muscat and I want to know avrege of salary
#Jaykumar on Apr 11, 2017 :
If offered a job in Oman for an experience guy of 13+ years and married with 2 kids, so can you anyone pease suggest what salary package I shold negotiate for or should I negotiate salary + any other perks like accoomodation, food, medical travel, schooling for kids etc (excluding Salary).,
#Zoheb S. on Mar 24, 2017 :
I have got job offer for Medical representative in Oman.They are offering me OMR800.
Rest All will be my expenses.Please suggest urgently.Also what should be the location for stay.I will be single and ready to share room.thanx.
#Leslie on Mar 10, 2017 :
My name is leslie. I have a job offer in OMAN for 620 riyals, i am going to come as a single initially and then take my wife & 2 children.
Let me know whether is salary is ok.
#Mike on Feb 04, 2017 :
Hi my name is mike i am coming to muscat oman new what will be my job opportunties there.
#ranjan on Jan 07, 2017 :
Hi My name is Ranjan,

I have received a job offer from a construction company with family status. I have been offered SR 780 excluding accommodation, utility, transport allowance.
But company is offering me RO 380 as housing allowance which they want to pay directly to landlord instead of paying me with my salary. I would like to know whether i should negotiate that if there is more or less to RO 380 then what will happen. If it's less than RO 380 will they pay me the remaining amount??

#Sridhar on Jan 03, 2017 :
I m mca fresher??? Wht kind of job available muskut??? And basic salary
#Pradeep sareeb on Dec 05, 2016 :
One person is bringing my singer son with his musical group to Muscut for one month with the commitment that all the expenses during the stay will be bored by him. Please suggest immediately
#Sardar on Oct 02, 2016 :
Hi, what about if I have offer of 3000 OMR per month with accommodation
#Joee on Jul 26, 2016 :
For those who still have doubt with their offer ranging 500 OMR and above with accommodation and other allowance. That offer is actually good as long as they will provide you with the annual ticket and accommodation.
#Rihana on Jun 18, 2016 :
Hi, single girl with 26 years old here. I wanna work in Oman, is there any chance for me?send me mail plz.( ) I worked in travel ageny, reception in the hotel and international exhibition company.... I can speak english,italian and a bit arabic.hahaaa
#Sriiphani on Apr 19, 2016 :
Am married women 32years getting job oprtunity in this safe for single it securable place..plz give me reply plz..thanq
#krish on Apr 01, 2016 :
Hi ,

I have an offer from muscut (oman ) the pacakage is 700 riyals + family accomadation + car, what would be the saving potential with a decent lifestyle for a family of four.
#Anonymous on Mar 15, 2016 :
Iam printer technician my salary is 120 omr+food and's good or bad
#sharib on Feb 08, 2016 :
i have 3years exprience of 5star hotel as a chef, i am indian ,what salary i will be getting in muscat.
#Ahmed on Feb 08, 2016 :
What shall I expect of Salary for the position of Front Office Manager in a 5 stars Hotel
In Muscat , Oman ?
#ali said on Feb 03, 2016 :
I'm taxi driver
I'm offer Taxi services
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#KARNAN G on Jan 26, 2016 :
Dear All,

Whoever is coming to oman, i have few notes that you have to consider depending on your status.
Family + Kid - Minimum salary should be 600 + Accomdation + medical + car.
For Married Bachelor - 500 minimum if they are graduate. If they are not degree holders you would get between 175 - 400 max + accomadation
For freshers - between 250 - 500 max(complete package).
Food would cost you - 40 - 50 RO per month for bachlor.
For Family - Ration would be around 300 - 400 depending on your lifestyle.
#madhan kumar on Jan 20, 2016 :

having offer from muscat in a big group with 570 omr. accommodation+medical+ company maintained car will be paid by company. it is good offer or not . in india I am getting 40k + incentive.
#Anonymous on Jan 03, 2016 :
In Muscat, Oman there are no metered taxis. At the airport there are fixed prices for journeys but all other taxi journeys are negotiated with the driver. Three different levels are applied by driver (in ascending), Locals, Indian/Filipino, Western/Tourist
#Abdulkadir on Jan 01, 2016 :
I have an oppurtunity for 650 OR a month "No accomodation Travel or food" seperately i am single suggest is the package is proper
#Rajasekar on Nov 18, 2015 :
I am from india. I got a job in Oman 350 riyal with accommodation, transportation, medical facilities.In case mess not available in my company.How much I can save there.please tell me
#Danny on Nov 02, 2015 :
Hi All!

I got an offer in oman;

250 basic salary
150 Housing allowance
100 Transfortation allowance.

Is this fine? shall i accept this offer?
#anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 :
Hi, I am basially from India. B.E(Electrical)with 29 years of rich experience in Facility Management at General Manager level. I am discussing for a company in Muscat for the job. How much salary should I ask. What are the benefits ( like accommodation, transport, health insurance, Up & Down air tickets yearly or half yearly etc). I will be moving alone to Muscat leaving my fmly in India.

How is the life, work culture & treatment for Indians in Muscat. Is is safe for Indians to work there ? Do we get indian vegetarian food ? What will be the total monthly expenses for a single person to lead a normal life?
#Thiru ashok on Oct 02, 2015 :
I got job offer in Oman, They offering 450 + Family accommodation + Traveling allowance.
For me, my spouse, 1 child. if this scale is enough or not..? Please advise.