Muscat: Oman is the friendliest Arab nation for expatriates according to a 2016 survey report entitled ‘The World Through Expat Eyes’ published by Inter Nations’ Expat Insider.
The report is an in-depth analysis of everyday expat life in more than 60 countries. 14000 people from 174 nationalities and 194 countries or territories took part in the survey and had their say.
The Sultanate, as a result, ranked sixth globally as the friendliest country for expatriates and top all other Arab nations on the list.
Bahrain ranked 16 globally and the second friendliest following Oman. United Arab Emirates ranked 31 globally while followed by Qatar which ranked 61.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were ranked the least friendly country for expatriates taking on the 66 and 67 positions respectively.
Oman was sandwiched between Columbia in fifth and Philippines in seventh. Speaking to expatriates who either visited or currently lives in the Sultanate, all agree with the survey. Marianne, a German resident, has lived here most of her life and currently works in the Sultanate said that the treatment and hospitality makes her feel at home.
“The people are very hospitable and welcoming. You are made to feel at home regardless of if you are just visiting or living here,” she said.
“You can easily make friends with the locals and a lot of expats that live here don’t actually want to leave back to their original country,” added Marianne.
Hussam Al Abbasi , a Bahraini tourist recently visited the country and was, according to him, astounded by the friendliness and the extent of help the Omani people provide. “Everyone here is so friendly and tried to help me as much as they can with directions, sites and scenes; some also gave me their phone numbers in case I needed anything,” said Hussam.
Anne Fruchart, from France, came to camp in Oman for the first time with her husband and Omani friends and enjoyed the basic treatment.
“We were made to feel so welcome during our camping trip. I will never forget the smiles and offers of food and drink. It was like we knew each other for years,” said Anne.