Subscribe to SmallPlanet

We Need Your Help

Five stars on Amazon! Don't miss Talesmag's first book of essays, on cross-cultural food experiences from Mexico to Mongolia (plus recipes!)
Submit a Real Post Report

Muscat



Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

This is an extremely safe city and has been so for the two years we have been here. The biggest danger, I would say, are the drivers on the road. As far as personal security-close to no concerns. I have walked to work at 6 a.m. and walked the dog at 10 p.m. and I have felt very safe, probably because you just don't see people in the streets here. Generally, people do not walk much due to the heat as well as the fact that they are a very car-based society. There has been unarmed break-ins in a few non-embassy houses that I have heard of but I would call this an incidence rather than normal. - Aug 28, 2017
Petty crime and crimes of opportunity are on the rise. Also, while Oman is stable, there are plenty of concerns in the region and with neighboring countries. - Oct 25, 2014
Low security concerns, but complacency could become a problem, as crimes of opportunity (break-ins, yard thefts) are reported to be rising. - Jun 7, 2012
No. - May 3, 2012
You are in the Middle East, and this is a very secure country, but you have to keep an eye out all the time. - Aug 25, 2011
During Ramadon people tend to get more aggressive. Women need to be dressed appropiately. - Feb 20, 2011
No...really safe. Expect as a woman to be stared at...a lot. After about 9 months I got used to it. Mostly, indian workers stare. If you are of asian descent and a worker there is more of a concern. There are lots of rumors of mistreated housemaids - some I saw first hand. - Apr 1, 2010
For men none, women its best to travel with a few friends. Most times just a comment or two to the blond ladies or if your Asian decent you may get comments as many locals think your hired help. Pretty safe for the most part. - Feb 12, 2010
None that I can think of, except watch out for Omanis who will run you off the road and accuse of you of being disrespectful them (giving the bird, mouthing off, etc.) as a means of extorting money out of you. - Jan 21, 2010
Oman is a peaceful country and the Omanis are friendly and helpful. There is a large expatriate labor force and I have found them to be hard working and friendly. I can say that I have never felt in danger here. As always, in any big city, you must be aware of your surroundings, know where your kids are, and keep crimes of opportunities low by locking your home, car, and watching your valuables. People here tend to do their daily activities in groups of friends or family; I follow that trend as much as possible in more isolated areas. News is not published regarding security issues. - Mar 19, 2009
Surprisingly few. Oman is about as close to crime-free as it's possible to be. Omnipresent, although unobtrusive, national security seemingly keeps the region's troubles at bay. - Feb 18, 2008