I've come to oman for a contractual job on 8th february..and here i'm sharing with u some tidbits of my experience with oman and omani people..(by the way i always thought that a lot of bg members are staying abroad and they could also share there experiences..)...and to dipanzan it was nice to meet u in person and i've given those 2 products to my brother and they r working flawlessly..and to Taher fu®ious™ and Reznov..thanks for your concerns..
Nice things about Oman...
People are quite friendly,humble and polite here..i've been to saudia arabia before and i cannot say it for them..i was even attacked by them also(liitle children sometimes find it amusing to throw stones at foreigners..but i also had had my revenge..once while they were playing football besides our house i went to the roof and gave them the taste of bangali gulti....a fearsome weapon i must say when equiped with sizable stones and aimed accurately..i still cant forget the faces of them when they had no idea how stones hit them from the sky..)
...and most of all omani people can actually communicate in english,urdu and sometimes also in bangla...unlike saudia arabia women can drive here and they can wear anything as they wish..
price of car and petrol...the cheapest comodity in oman is i think the petrol and also cars..u can get a pre 1998/2000 bmw/mercedes..for 1 lakh taka(a months saving)..and a litre of petrol costs less then 20 tk..(in saudi it cost like 10 tk).price of electronic goods are low also but not like saudi/dubai..here u can get a 40 inch full hd led tv for 44000 bdt..
Oman is actually greener than most arab countries..and my posting is in salalah..weather of which is almost like bangladesh(30 degrees in summer and 15 degrees in winter)..the first thing i noticed in oman is how clean the air is..like coming from dhaka..u'll understand how thick and polluted our air is..and the roads..umm..
in highways it is always minimum 4 cars lane from both sides separated by divider(like at a given time 8 cars can be in a road at a line)..and like the nfs games the roads are actually glossy..like oils have been sprayed on them..
crime and laws...here people respect the law..and police is very strict..so u will feel safe even u r roaming around at 3 am..if u have a car accident(however minor it is..like giving a sliding nudge to a car)..both of the cars have to be stopped and police will come from nowhere within 3 minutes.
Not so nice things(or not upto my likings from bangladeshi perspectives)...
cost of living..food..transport..
in the capital muscat a average 2 bedroom flat costs like 300 to 500 omani riyals..(1 omani riyal equals to 220 tk)..thanks god my employers are providing me with accomodation which is actually nice(a 3 bedroom flat with a separate servant quarter..somewhere between 2500-3000 sq. ft. i guess ...with all the furnitures and electric goods like freeze,ac,lcd tv etc)..and about the cost of food ..u cannot get a meal in less then 1 o.r.(o.r.-omani riyal)...and i am talking about lowly places like cheap indian or pakistani restaurants..the cheapest thing u can eat is shwarma which will cost a minimum of 400 baisa(like 1 taka equals to 100 paisa..here 1 o.r.=1000 baisa)...it was hard for me to see my hard-earned bangladeshi takas flying away(i thought they will give me a months salary in advance..but to my dismay they apparently dont think it is necessary..i brought about 40000 bdt with me and within a week half of it's gone away)..and about the transport..they dont have any effective intracity bus service here..yes they have nice intercity busservices(large buses with bathrooms inside)..but they lack in common transport..the only transport is taxi service which will cost no less than 1 o.r....and there is also bergaining because there is no meter in taxi..one good thing is u can share the taxi..like if u wait in a busy spot and u also want to go to a busy spot u will always find co-passengers who will not mind sharing a taxi with u...weird i think..
Horrible things about oman(or as i think)
internet...the most frustating thing for a foreigner in oman is i think the internet service..here u'll get monthly packages with unbelievable rates..i am now currently using a 6 gb/month package for 6600bdt/month..download speed is not so good also..(between 40-256 kbps..i mean the actual download speed..u have to multiply it by 8 to calculate the badwidth)..and the most horrible thing is your internet activity is monitored and u actually cannot enter a site that is not so childfreindly(u know what sites i am refering to..)..and i come to find it when i typed kickasstorrents..and message popped up in my laptop saying..warning!!..entry in a site containing porn items..or things which are in contrary to local culture is strictly prohibited..your internet activity is being monitored..i thought WTF!!!..and apparently they also dont allow torrent download..i felt like my civil rights have been violated(which kinda gives me a feeling i think people feels after getting raped i guess)
PC gaming..there is nothing as such as pc gaming in this country..i've been to largest pc shops in muscat(capital of oman)..there is nothing like a external graphics card/brand psu..i again felt like WTF!!!(I felt extremely sorry for my decission to sell my gtx 570 and corsair 850hx to my cousin..now if i want to buy something like that again i've to go to dubai which will cost like 8000 tk for the plane fare alone..and for that i have to seek permission from ministry of commerce and labour and be granted for a 3 days leave which i will not get untill 6 months have been passed..how doomed i am)...and the little gaming they do on pc is in the laptops ..they buy laptops with dedicated graphics card for that..what a pity... omani people mostly buys branded pc's like hp,dell etc..some computer firms also assembles pc..u can get a gulftown processor here but not a gfx card..how weird is that..but they buy ps3/xbox360's extensively with the original dvds..and there is also no pirated software here..u actually have to spend 14000 tk to get a windows 7.
i will try to update this later..maybe with pics..when i'll have a camera that is when i'll get my salary..wish me luck..and i also hope other bg members will share their experiences abroad...