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The Just Student Jobs Country guide for gap year travel in India and the Middle East - Oman


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Oman

Population: 2,533,389

Literacy rate: approaching 80%

Life expectancy at birth: male –69.66 yrs, female –74yrs

Infant mortality rate: 23.28 deaths/1,000 live births

Population growth rate: 3.46%

GDP growth rate: 4%

GDP per capita: £5,400

Unemployment: N/A

Inflation: -0.07%

Climate: dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south

Time: GMT + 4.

Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz.

Websites: Information at www.oman.org

Since oil was discovered in 1964, the country has catapulted itself forward. At one point oil revenues accounted for 90% of the country’s income. The impact of the enormous wealth that oil has brought can hardly be overstated; 45% of the country’s population is 15 yrs old or less and the general standard of living is incomparably better than before. The present sultan, Qaboos bin Said Al Said, came to power in 1970 and has been doing a very good job since. He has opened the country to the outside world and maintained good relations with the rest of the Middle Eastern countries. There is an agricultural sector – it mostly produces dates as well as the ordinary subsistence foods. The oil will last for about another 20 yrs at the present rate of extraction. Although the country is rich, the interior can still be very primitive; after all, it has only been 35 years since the discovery of oil. Things do not move very fast in traditional societies of this type.

Most of the country is a desert plain, but there are mountains in the north and south. Temperatures can get up to 47°C.

You may expect good, but not extravagant wages. This is a popular place for westerners to work as alcohol is permitted and women are employed. There are some social niceties to be observed; no short skirts or bare arms for women, no alcohol may be purchased for home consumption without a licence from your own embassy (although alcohol may be drunk in bars); it is prohibited to collect seashells, abalone corals, crayfish and turtle eggs.

Check for the current situation vis-à-vis Yemen and extremist activity although not many people would be brave (or stupid) enough to go against the ruler in Oman. The country also has strong links with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran and doesn’t want anyone rocking the oil tanker.

Entry requirements

14 day tourist visa available for EU nationals on entry.

Vaccinations

No information currently available. Check with your doctor/health authorities.

Tax and Insurance

No tax. Alah akh’bah. Health insurance advisable.

Gap Year Programmes

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