Muscat - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

I'm going to go with "no." This is the Middle East. - Dec 2018

I wouldn't think so. It's not acceptable in this culture. But that said, there seems to be an underground scene. - Feb 2018

Absolutely not, at least not in any sort of an overt way. If you do not display it in any way, then there would be no issues, but here it is against the local religious views and I think LGBT expats would have a very hard time. It is not unheard of though. - Aug 2017

I think this would be a very difficult place for gays or lesbians. - Oct 2014

I've not really heard, but my guess would be it's better than most of the region. - Jun 2012

Not sure, but I think if you kept it quiet you would be fine. - May 2012

this is a Muslim country, however there is a pretty big gay population here. - Feb 2011

There is an overlooked underground society there. No one is allowed to hold hands or kiss in public, so it wouldn't be noticeable on the streets. - Apr 2010

It's the middle east and frowned upon. - Feb 2010

Surprisingly, not bad. There is no visible gay community, though we heard there is an underground one, including at least one gay bar (a drag bar), but we never tapped into it. Omanis are very live-and-let-live and really don't care much about what others do behind closed doors. - Jan 2010

As of 2008, the post is extremely supportive of non-traditional families. One Member-of-Household recently found an Embassy job. There is no local gay community but it's possible to develop an extended circle of expatriate and even Omani friends and acquaintances. - Feb 2008


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