Relocation Consultants are frequently used by multi-national companies and large institutions moving employees into the region. Some consultants provide practical and cultural guidance to those new to Oman. One of their chief responsibilities is often helping expatriate employees deal with culture shock, a very real (but temporary) mental condition that often accompanies adjustment to life in a foreign country.
Otherwise, consultants find accommodation for expatriates and their families, as well as arrange for furnishings for the home and shipments of the expats’ goods from their home countries. This leaves expats and their families free to adjust to life in Oman and focus on more immediate concerns (such as starting at new jobs or schools) rather than spend all their time paging through classified ads and haggling with landlords. It also streamlines the application processes for the many permits that expats require to live and work in Oman, as relocation consultants are familiar with requirements and procedures.
Companies that mainly employ Middle Eastern workers usually do not make use of relocation services. Since much of the labour in Middle Eastern countries is migrant, employers assume that their employees have experience (or at least know someone with experience) moving and working abroad.
There are a number of ways to find a rental property in Oman. You should try the following:
• Consult your company’s human resources manager - but don´t forget your work colleagues and friends. News of the best properties usually travels by word-of-mouth.
• Talk to members of any clubs and associations that you join.
• Check the notice boards outside accommodation blocks and look in the local English-language newspapers and magazines. Talk to porters or administration staff in the buildings that you like the look of. They will often know about vacancies.
• Consult estate agents. As well as providing knowledge of the market, area and costs, they generally will provide transport and accompany you on viewings. Estate agents are frequently the wives of sponsored expatriates who have the time to get to know residential areas and their respective facilities.
• Visit the management offices of both compounds and apartment blocks. Building or compound managers should have information on available properties.