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Buy a Property in Oman

Buy a Property in Oman

Foreign nationals who wish to buy property in Oman are permitted to do so, provided that they meet certain conditions for the type of property that acquire, and are subject to restrictions in terms of land and real estate ownership in certain areas. The requirements needed to buy a house in Muscat are briefly outlined in this article by our lawyers in Oman. The fact that foreign investors are permitted to own property in Oman is an important step towards promoting foreign investment, and also one that opens certain possibilities to foreign entrepreneurs.

 Quick Facts  
 Can foreigners buy properties in Oman? Generally yes. Area restrictions apply, and conditions can be in place. 

 Types of properties in Oman

Townhouses, villas, apartments, commercial spaces etc. 

Real estate agent use 

Commonly yes 

 Real estate agent fees in Oman  Commission is typically in the range of 5% of the home sale or rent price.
 Land ownership for foreign nationals in Oman

In some cases, and subject to conditions. 

 Deed registration

 Yes

 Relevant Omani agencies for property matters

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, Real Estate Registry 

Provisional agreement 

Can be used 

 Initial deposit

Varies according to the agreement with the seller. 

Property due diligence  Always advisable. Our lawyers in Oman can assist you. 
 Mandatory representation by an Omani lawyer

 Not mandatory, however, highly advisable.

 Property purchase fees and other costs

Stamp duty, at 3% of the value of the sale, lawyer’s fees, as well as real estate agent fees (varying amounts). 

 Reasons to buy property in Oman

 A growing economy, a low tax regime, increase in tourism in the area, and opportunities in the Gulf region.

 Assistance for individual buyers

Conveyancing, property due diligence, legal representation.

 Assistance for corporate buyers Complete legal counsel and representation. 

Whether you wish to buy an apartment in Muscat or want to rent one if you plan to move to Oman, our local lawyers can answer your questions. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if your situation is not covered by our answers below.

Can foreign nationals buy property in Oman?

Yes, foreign nationals are now permitted to own real estate through a ministerial directive. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning issued the directive and also described the conditions for certain types of real estate investments that can lead to residency.

Until the release of the official decree, foreign nationals were only permitted to own real estate in integrated tourism complexes. Buying property in Oman for expats can be simplified when working with our local attorneys who specialize in real estate transactions.

What are the conditions to buy an apartment in Muscat?

If you are a foreign national interested in Oman immigration, you may consider purchasing a property instead of renting one. If you want to buy an apartment in Oman and have questions, our team will answer them according to your nationality and your particular situation.

The main condition is for the property to have a value of at least OMR 250,000 (approximately USD 649,823). Two categories of ownership are defined:

  • First-class in case of property purchases of more than OMR 500,000;
  • Second-class property purchases between OMR 250,000 and OMR 500,000 (about USD 1,299,647).

Our lawyers in Oman can give you more details about the conditions to acquire properties within these two tiers of ownership.

Can I become a resident if I buy a house in Muscat?

The ministerial directive issued by Dr Khalfan bin Saeed Al Shuaily, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning is focused on granting residency rights to foreign nationals who purchase property. Foreigners who buy an apartment in Oman are permitted to choose the type of property they purchase based on the tier in which they are included, according to the value of their real estate investment:

  • Those who make a first-class investment (with a value of OMR 500,000 or more) can purchase residential, commercial, or industrial properties;
  • Foreign nationals who can make a second-class investment (between OMR 250,000 and OMR 500,000) are permitted to purchase residential properties;
  • Expatriates who are not able to meet the minimum investment requirements will only be permitted to purchase units within existing integrated tourism complexes.

According to the Oman News Agency, residential real estate prices grew by 1.2% in Q1 2023, compared to a year prior, in the first quarter of 2022.

Foreign investors should also keep in mind that they can buy a house in Muscat only in some areas. The Governorates of Musandam or Buraimi are amongst the areas in which property ownership by non-Omanis is not permitted.

Our immigration lawyers in Oman can assist you if your goal is to move here. We provide immigration assistance according to your chosen relocation route (through employment, for business purposes, or real estate investment purposes).

Our lawyers also assist foreign investors interested in setting up a company in Oman. You can reach out to us if you have questions about the steps needed to register a local company or to open a branch.

Contact our team if you need more details about buying property in Oman for expats. Our real estate lawyers will guide you through the essential steps and will assist with conveyancing, and any other legal issues.