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Places to Live in Oman


Finding a nice place to live is always difficult. Oman is no exception – getting the right accommodation can be hard, especially in large cities. Of course, your budget may affect your decision, and you may decide to live in an area that is a little further out of town and therefore a bit cheaper. Every area of Muscat has its advantages and disadvantages, and with Muscat being a relatively small city you should be able to get to most places in under half an hour, no matter where you live.

Residential Areas

Al Azaiba

In Al Azaiba, large villas on the beach are sought after and prices are very steep. Old and new villas are available with gardens or paved areas and maid’s accommodation. There are plenty of shops in neighbouring areas to keep you in stock of everything. There is not much in the way of dining or nightlife in the area, but it is a short drive to some great restaurants in neighbouring areas. Endless sandy beaches in a plus point.

Al Ghubra & Bausher

Accommodation is mainly two-storey villas, with a few apartment blocks above the shops and businesses in Al Ghubra. Rents are lower in Bausher and you have the advantage of a spectacular view of the sand dunes and mountains. There is a new apartment development in Bausher, which is complete with three swimming pools and landscaped gardens. The Dolphin Complex is also popular with families because of the leisure club facilities and the safe outdoor play area for kids.

The biggest and best supermarket in Muscat – Lulu Center – is located just off the Bausher Roundabout. There is also a variety of small shops in Al Ghubra selling everything from fabrics to fertiliser. While this means you can usually buy essential items at all hours, it also results in a certain amount of traffic congestion, particularly at peak times.

Al Hail & Seeb

Rents are considerably lower this side of the airport, and villas are spacious with more likelihood of a small garden or paved area outside. If you don’t mind travelling a few extra minutes in the car, this is a great opportunity to live in a much bigger villa at a much lower price. Markaz Al Bahja and Muscat City Centre have all the large shops you will need, and you will find plenty of smaller local shops in Seeb town and Seeb souk itself. Seeb is also home to all the garden centres, which are located all in a row on the same street. As for entertainment, there is a cinema in Markaz Al Bahja Centre, as well as a play area for the kids. This is particularly useful during summer, but during the cooler months there is plenty of white sandy beach to have fun on, as well as a beach park. The Golden Tulip Seeb is predominantly a business hotel, although it does have a few restaurants, including one on the roof which is excellent in winter, and some good leisure facilities.

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