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Advice requested before applying in Oman
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Tazz



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went 'spartan extreme' during my first 3 months....when I considered leaving the job/ town on a weekly basis-my investments were....

1 4 rial mattress +b pillow.
1 kettle
1 Iron
1 mop +plastic bucket
1 dustpan and brush
1 mug, glass, paper plates, plastic utensils.....

total cost- under 25 Rials. Sounds bleak? It was- but I wasn't going to invest in accommodation when I didn't know if I would be staying beyond those first 3 months....
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MuscatGary



Joined: 03 Jun 2013
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Location: Flying around the ME...

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tazz wrote:
I went 'spartan extreme' during my first 3 months....when I considered leaving the job/ town on a weekly basis-my investments were....

1 4 rial mattress +b pillow.
1 kettle
1 Iron
1 mop +plastic bucket
1 dustpan and brush
1 mug, glass, paper plates, plastic utensils.....

total cost- under 25 Rials. Sounds bleak? It was- but I wasn't going to invest in accommodation when I didn't know if I would be staying beyond those first 3 months....


Blimey, now that's what I call hard core spartan!
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Whatever will be



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veiled Sentiment & toko:

Most recruitment agencies nowadays add a few rial each month to the basic salary for a "flight home" and "gratuity" to cover the legal requirements.

Over the course of a whole year, this amounts to about 240 Rial for the flight and as much for gratuity. Not enough to pay for a airplane ticket to any country where English is the national language.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would consult the Ministry of Labor as it appears to me that these contracts do not meet Omani Employment laws.

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tmac-100



Joined: 23 Nov 2006
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MuscatGary wrote:
Tazz wrote:
I went 'spartan extreme' during my first 3 months....when I considered leaving the job/ town on a weekly basis-my investments were....

1 4 rial mattress +b pillow.
1 kettle
1 Iron
1 mop +plastic bucket
1 dustpan and brush
1 mug, glass, paper plates, plastic utensils.....

total cost- under 25 Rials. Sounds bleak? It was- but I wasn't going to invest in accommodation when I didn't know if I would be staying beyond those first 3 months....


Blimey, now that's what I call hard core spartan!


Recently, in Dubai I spoke with several folks who are leaving CNA-Qatar for various reasons. One, who came in the fall and who is leaving in June, will leave with 2 suitcases and his brought-from-Canada sporting equipment. Another, who came in the fall, is leaving with just 2 suitcases. OTOH, those (with families) who have been at CNA-Q for several years are selling/giving away stuff but still leaving with multiple suitcases OR they are sharing a container with several families

Living spartan-like seems to be common with friends who are single expats, and who don't know if they will stay for more than a few months.. This is especially true of those single men in the construction business. Married expats live in a different style. The same is true with folks leaving HCT in the UAE.
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