Muscat - Post Report Question and Answers

Can you save money?

This depends on your family size and what you are willing to do without. Almost everything is here, but you might have to pay for it. - Oct 2014

Yes, but you wouldn't get out of the house much. - Jun 2012

NO, NO, and NO! - May 2012

If you don't leave your house. - Aug 2011

if you eat rice and pasta everynight and only drink water. Then you can save money - Feb 2011

Yes. We did! - Apr 2010

Hah!Totally disagree with the last poster. Fuel yes is cheap but for everything else is ridiculous and with the COLA which is also a joke, don't come here expecting to leave with much in your savings unless you plan to sit at home and eat nothing but humus and pita bread. For the U.S. Embassy folks the place has a huge potential but year in and year out a select few keep this place down. If your an expat you will enjoy it and if your military with all the perks that come with being in a "war zone" another joke you will enjoy as well. Plus when you get a consumables shipment its fairly easy to save a few bucks. - Feb 2010

Yes, if you match the huge savings on gasoline (about $1.12 per gallon) with shopping "local."Travel in-country is inexpensive, as well. - Jan 2010

No way COLA is sadly much lower than it should be. - Mar 2009

If you don't expect to live exactly like you do back home (e.g. by buying local brands and eating out at inexpensive Arabian and Indian restaurants), yes. If you expect to travel in the region, eat (and drink) at hotels, and generally live the fabled glam Gulf lifestyle, likely not. - Feb 2008

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