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.