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    Rustaq, Oman

    I've been offered a one semester contract with a college in Rustaq, Oman. From what I've heard, Oman is a pretty decent place to live, but the salary for this job strikes me as being on the low side. After free flight and housing, the take-home pay (including allowances) is 935 OR, or about $2,400US.

    Does this sound like a decent deal for Oman? Or should I pass? I also hear Rustaq is a bit, well, rustic.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I understand that T.A.T.I Oman is offering 1,000 OR plus housing, utilities etc for a total of OR1350.

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    ...seeing Oman is worth the small salary...somebody else pays for your extended tour of a truly beautiful country...
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    I applied with TATI. They got back to me just yesterday and asked me to fill out their special application form, but they specified that they require a B.A. in Education or English. Mine is in Liberal Studies, so I'm not sure if it's even worth getting back to them.

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    Go for it anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barfomcgee View Post
    After free flight and housing, the take-home pay (including allowances) is 935 OR, or about $2,400US.
    Oman is a beautiful place, but that salary is low.

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    Seems like TATI is offering $3,600 without housing. How much is housing in Oman? $2,400 with a decent place to live might not be that bad. The problem is, they're pressuring me for an immediate response because the new semester starts soon. It's going to be a tough decision.

    Anyone familiar with Rustaq?
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    Quote Originally Posted by barfomcgee View Post
    Anyone familiar with Rustaq?
    Gotta be a far sight better than Saudi, from a social standpoint. But it's going to be tough saving much cash with that salary.

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    I had a short term contract in Oman about 5 years ago, and I also worked in Saudi for about 10 years off and on. I know which I prefrer.
    I am not a drinker but hotels in Oman sell alcohol and you can also apply for an alcohol permit which allows you to buy it for home comsumption.
    There are no problems about buying a car but you need from paperwork from your employer.
    If I remember Rushtaq is about 150kms from Muscat, we were in Sur about 300kms away. We used to go on a shopping trip to Muscat every two weeks; Sur only had one small supermarket. Hotels are fairly cheap there and there is a massive Carrefour not far from the airport. There is a supermarket chain that sells pork products - the name escapes me for the moment!
    The only downside is that the 70 year old Sultan Quaboos has no successor and in the event of anything happening to him then tribal wars may break out (well informed Omani contacts).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippo View Post
    Sultan Qaboos has no successor
    ...and we all know why that is...

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    ^Which perhaps explains why TC seems to like Oman so much.

    At this stage I'm leaning towards accepting the job. Could be a nice change of pace from my current low-wage government job in Kamphaeng Phet, and one semester should be a cake-walk. Anyone know the deal with transportation in rural Oman? A car seems like a requirement, but how much is renting/buying going to run me?

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