The area we live in is known as Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos.
Better known by its abbreviated name of MQ.
The homes in MQ are mostly villas, with pools, gardens and other family-friendly amenities. Rentals are a little on the expensive side due to its reputation for being a great place to live.
MQ is in the heart of Muscat and is popular with expats – the British in particular, the diplomatic corps and Western workers with families.
The British Council and the excellent British School Muscat is also here for those who value ‘education, education, education’.
The area is quiet, safe and friendly. It’s a short cycle, jog or drive to the beach. The more intrepid can walk to the beach in about 30 minutes. When you get there, there are several trendy coffee places, restaurants and cafés in an area known as Shatti (located between the Hyatt and Intercon Hotels).
Close to the house you will find everything from dry cleaners, supermarket, Starbucks, a licensed Mexican restaurant called Pavo Real, KFC and Costa Coffee.
The well-known and popular Kargreen Café is also within walking distance. It's a quirky place that offers everything from hearty soups to Arabic appetisers.
Culture vultures can fill their boots at the Royal Opera House, which is down the road (10 mins by car), art galleries across the city and the many museums which we can recommend.
We are also close by to a number of larger malls and shopping centres. Shopaholics can take their pick from the Oasis Mall and the bigger Avenues Mall, Muscat Grand Mall, Quorum City Centre and Seeb City Centre.
Luxury shoppers should visit Panorama Mall.
An airport taxi to the house will cost about $25 and is a fixed price.
Eating out varies from cheap to expensive.
There are a several excellent 5 Star Hotels (Inter Continental, Hyatt, Crown Plaza etc.) where you can purchase alcohol with your meal (or visit their Pub).
Oman is a friendly country. Women do not need to cover their hair (unless visiting the Grand Mosque) or wear abayas if they don’t want to. It is, however, considered polite to cover your shoulders and knees in public. i.e. don’t wear your swimsuit to the mall.
Oman is not a 'dry' country.
Wine, spirits and beer can be bought at the airport Duty Free, upon arrival, and drinks can be purchased in Hotels, bars and some local restaurants.