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How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

You don't need it at all for daily life. Literally everybody speaks English everywhere. Muscat has a very large expat community (some claim that it is even more than the locals), so English is spoken everywhere in the capital. It is considered polite to be able to say things like Hello!; Goodbye! Thank you! and How are you? in Arabic, but it is absolutely fine if you don't know any. Leaving the capital is a different story. The farther you go out of town the more you need Arabic. In the little villages where you might be doing exploring or stopping by you would definitely need Arabic to ask for directions or something else. - Aug 28, 2017
None. All major signs are in both English and Arabic and most store employees speak both as well. If you travel to some of the smaller towns, knowing basic Arabic might be helpful. - Oct 25, 2014
None, though courtesy phrases are always appreciated. - Jun 7, 2012
None. - May 3, 2012
None, the locals prefer to use will need surival skills in the smaller villages when traveling though. - Aug 25, 2011
Out of respect you should learn the greetings at the very least - Feb 20, 2011
You don't need to know much...thank you, please...and that is really just for respect for the country you are living in. Everyone speaks english. Oman has two official languages: arabic and english. - Apr 1, 2010
You can get by without any Arabic within the city and most places but it is nice to know a few phrases and when used the Omanis appreciate it just like anyone would, knowing your making an effort. Most Omanis will switch to English if your struggling and knowing the Sinhalese would help as well, maybe more so that Arabic. - Feb 12, 2010
None in Muscat. Even if you speak fluent Arabic, Omanis will speak English (very good English) to you. In fact, there were times I wished I spoke Hindi or Malayalam. Outside Muscat, many people speak only Arabic or little English. But you can get by with a tiny bit of Arabic and lots of hand gestures (but don't accidentally flip someone the bird!). - Jan 21, 2010
The niceties are always appreciated. Those with Arabic skills open many doors. Most of the work force is foreign so other languages such as Tamil, Urdu, Sinhalese, Tagalog will also benefit you. - Mar 19, 2009
Some Arabic for greetings is much appreciated but English is a nearly universal language in Muscat. - Feb 18, 2008