The Sultanate of Oman, with a total area of 309,500 square kms, covers various topographies like mountain ranges, dry deserts and fertile plains. It is located in the heart of three other Arab countries. In the south-west, it shares borders with the Republic of Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west, and United Arab Emirates to the north.
The Omani people are very friendly and loving. Arabic is the main language of Oman however, English is spoken frequently. Omanis are quite conservative people and have respect for their privacy and their religion. During the holy month of Ramadhan, all Muslims fast during the hours of daylight. Visitors to the country should remember that eating, drinking and smoking is not allowed in public at this time.
The climate in Muscat is quite pleasant during the winter with temperatures of average 30o C during day and dropping to around 18o C at night. However, during summer, Muscat is scorching at 45o C – 48o C.
International restaurants are found all over Oman, from fast-food outlets to fusion cooking. Prices range and a three course meal can be found to suit any budget.
Muscat Airport is 20kms away from Gulf College. There are car rental agencies at the airport and taxis and buses are available.
The origin of Gulf College (GC) dates back to 1990 when it was established as a professional and vocational training provider in the Sultanate of Oman. The growth of the institution from a training institute to a college has been over different phases. In September 2014, Gulf College moved to its new purpose-built campus in Mabela, developed the new strategic plan and entered into an agreement with Cardiff Metropolitan University (CMET) as an additional academic partner.GC‟s new campus was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Sayed Saud bin Hilal Al Busaidi, the Minister of State and Governor of Muscat on 28 January 2015. The land area of new campus is 24,000 sqm which was provided by the government of Oman. The built up area is 67,200 sqm over four floors with sufficient car parks.The facilities includes classrooms and lecture halls, assignment & information technology Labs, Auditorium (around 1000 seating capacity), a library ( spread over two floors, a coffee shop, a clinic, prayer hall (male & female), elevators and escalators, an outdoor Roman theatre, garden and landscaping and car park. On 13th August 2016, Her Excellency Dr. Rawya bin Saud Al Busaidi, the Minister of Higher Education officially inaugurated the second phase of GC campus facilities. The second phase included the additional classrooms and lecture halls, assignment labs and information technology labs, restaurant (with around 600 seating capacity), two gyms (male & female), an Indoor Sports Stadium, a sports court, playground and additional car park.