Cost of Living in Muscat

Summary about cost of living in Muscat, Oman:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.21 £ 2.08-10.42
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 29.17 £ 12.50-52.09
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.21 £ 4.58-6.25
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.38 £ 4.17-11.46
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.38 £ 8.33-16.67
Cappuccino (regular) 3.94 £ 3.13-5.21
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.76 £ 0.52-1.04
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.31 £ 0.21-1.04
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.75 £ 3.15-7.89
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.81 £ 0.57-1.32
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.77 £ 0.38-1.42
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.21 £ 1.00-3.13
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.57 £ 1.29-7.56
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.09 £ 0.95-3.40
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.18 £ 1.89-4.73
Apples (1 lb) 0.89 £ 0.47-1.13
Banana (1 lb) 0.71 £ 0.47-1.04
Oranges (1 lb) 0.68 £ 0.38-1.42
Tomato (1 lb) 0.46 £ 0.28-0.95
Potato (1 lb) 0.38 £ 0.19-0.66
Onion (1 lb) 0.37 £ 0.24-0.56
Lettuce (1 head) 1.08 £ 0.63-1.67
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.50 £ 0.31-0.63
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.67 £ 6.25-41.67
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.31 £ 2.08-6.25
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.68 £ 4.17-9.38
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 £ 4.17-6.25
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.04 £ 0.63-2.08
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 41.67 £ 20.83-62.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.17 £ 3.13-6.25
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.01 £ 0.67-1.68
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.42 £ 5.21-10.42
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.90 £ 1.88-2.37
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,667.26 £ 10,417.04-18,750.67
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,026.58 £ 12,500.44-16,667.26
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 62.06 £ 41.67-104.17
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 £ 0.07-0.31
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 59.94 £ 41.67-62.50
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 46.99 £ 17.36-187.51
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.45 £ 4.17-20.83
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.29 £ 6.25-10.42
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 171.69 £ 104.17-347.93
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,457.81 £ 5,208.52-10,417.04
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39.45 £ 20.83-62.50
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.11 £ 12.50-41.67
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 65.97 £ 41.67-93.75
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 72.05 £ 41.67-104.17
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 565.30 £ 416.68-937.53
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 354.18 £ 312.51-625.02
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 953.16 £ 729.19-1,458.39
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 645.86 £ 458.35-1,041.70
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 144.82 £ 87.10-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 105.69 £ 58.07-208.34
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,442.36 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.14 4.00-6.00

Prices in Muscat

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Last update: May 2022
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32 Comments so far
HERMAWAN on Jul 26, 2021:
Hi All

I just got an offer from a Bank in muscat for svp position for 3405 basic + 3045 allowance = 6450 omr per month, the only big additional allowance is school fees for 1000 omr per kid.

With current omanization plan, is it worth the risk to go there? is it common to split basic and allowance that big? almost 50% and should I be asking for other type of expat package? as i'm not getting additional residential and car

Anonymous on Oct 06, 2020:
so much bullshit comments and questions here. 6000 k pr. mount are you kidding me? or you think people are stupid here? may be they are. Who are you Mr. Nathan? the new king Of Oman? :-)))))
Raj Anand on Aug 30, 2020:
I'm a PhD holder degree, @1100 OMR, is the offer i have, how much % is expected for food,accomdation, utilities, travel and groceries. please help
Meenakshi on Aug 28, 2020:
I'm a PhD holder degree English from india government university and CELTA from London, the UK. I have teaching experience more than 12 years at Saudi Arabia and India. I wish to get a position of assistant professor of English at the Omani Universities. Could anybody please let me know that how much can I be offered per month salary. Your suggestions really will be highly appreciated.
Thanks a lot.
Manoj on Aug 28, 2020:
I have been offered salary 1385 pm in Muscat while I'm married and have three school going children. Therefore, I have to pay fee for school, transportation, 3bhk house rent, food n fruits, etc. Please, let me know what will be per month the total expenditures. Thanks a lot.
Matthew.Tom on Jun 05, 2020:
A healthy body is the cornerstone of achieving the goal
Anonymous on May 29, 2020:
Mr.Ali made a written contract with Mr.Hamood, on March 2nd 2020, promising to sell 10 computers, for a total price of 2000 (Omani Rials), by 1st April, 2020. It is also agreed that if computers are not supplied till 1st April, 2020, Mr.Ali should pay damages of 500(Omani Rials) to Mr.Hamood.
On 20th March lockdown declared by government, all businesses are closed till 1st May 2020, including selling and buying of computers. Due to which Mr.Ali could not able to supply computers on promised date of 1st April, 2020.
(a) Can Hamood claim for damages for not supplying computers by 1st April, 2020, on the ground of breach of contract? (Write yes or no) (1 marks)

(b) Can Ali take a plea of discharge of contract. Explain. (3 Marks)

(c) Explain what type of damages are they?
Sarat Maharana on Apr 18, 2020:
Hi I am a Facility Management sales manager.

Please let me know what is the minimum salary for a Facility Management sales manager.
Bosko on Jan 31, 2020:
Please answer me if I as a single person with a salary of 1500 ryals can live in Muscat? I'm a vet
Sandeep Kumar on Dec 13, 2019:
I’d say for a family of 6, look at 2000-2500 net
Saqib on Nov 27, 2019:
I have been asked this question from a recruiter
What are your broad remuneration expectations to take on this position ?
I am married with 2 kids and want to relocate in Oman with Family if got job.
Can any one please guide what could be average remuneration I can ask for to support family of 6 including (parents in home country - will send montly remittance to home country)
Vinodkumar on Nov 16, 2019:
My name is Vinodkumar. I had above 18 years experience in sales & Marketing (FMCG). Age is 46 years. I am an indian. I am looking sales manager or Business Development manager post. If have any vacancy, please inform to Call: 00919846104883
raj on Nov 11, 2019:
dear frds,

i am raj from south india. is it ok for 500 omr + family status + free company apartment stay with family+ car + annual tickets for a four member family in muscut.

kindly anyone suggest please.
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.