Long time readers of ze blog will know that in the past I've written about the cost of living in Muscat here (2009) and here (2010) and before that I made a post on Oman Forum here. So I figured it was time to have an update here on MM.
Much of what I wrote in 2009 and 2010 (and I did a 2013 update on the Oman Forum post as well) is still true.
House rentals, in my opinion, have started climbing once again, a great website to look at a number of rental company listings is See Muscat. My rent is 900 a month for a semi-detached villa on Ghubra beach as a guide, and I pay 6 months up front. Big (5-7 bedrooms) villas in Ansab are now running in the 700-850 a month range.
School fees increase every year, here's a list of schools around town:
British School Muscat
Ecole Francaise de Mascate
Azzan bin Qais
Indian Schools: Darsait, Ghubra, Wadi Kabir
Sri Lankan School - Wadi Kabir
British School Salalah
Al Batinah International School
For an indication on costs, Fees per year for a 5 year old at BSM is currently around RO 2,800, and for an 8 year old it is around RO 3,500
At a glance costs
A loaf of bread (premium) - RO 0.650
A litre of fuel - RO 0.120
A litre of milk - RO 0.525
1KG Chicken (boneless) - RO 1.500
A Mcdonalds meal - RO 1.400 - 2.000
A news paper - RO 0.200
A 6pack of Pepsi/Coke - RO 0.800
A pint of beer in a 5* Bar - RO 2.800 but Habana is still 2.300 for the time being
Interest on a personal loan - 6%
A KG of local tomato's - RO 0.360
A KG of Holland tomato's - RO2.125
A 20KG sack of rice - RO 12.000
A 10KG bag of flour - RO 1.900
A large Water Cooler bottle - RO 1.000
A 250g pack of frozen bacon - RO 2.500
A case of Heineken - RO 13.900
For a more in depth look at basic foodstuff costs, check out the PACP website, and it's incredibly useful monthly price tracker - just select the month you want to look at prices for and follow your nose (at the time of writing Jan 2014 was the most up to date one).