Ibri Campus

Ibri is part of the Dhahira region in Oman and is also one of the sites of the country’s earliest human habitation. Today, Ibri has a population of over 100,000 and is also the regional capital. Ibri has long been a strategic crossroad between Oman and the other Gulf states as it lies in almost equal distance to Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (between 220 and 330 km). As well as between Nizwa in the Omani interior and Sohar on the Omani Gulf coast (both less than two hours drive from Ibri). Given its strategic location, Ibri has a long history as a trade route for caravans, hence its name which means “point of transit.”

Due to its proximity to the world’s largest sand desert, appropriately named the “Empty Quarter,” Ibri has a desert climate with low humidity. During the winter months from November through March, Ibri enjoys relatively cool weather with temperatures ranging between 18 and 30 degree Celsius (low 60s to mid-80s, Fahrenheit), which at times can even drop to a relatively ‘chilly’ 10 degrees. There might be some rainfall in February and March, however, during the season when the dates are harvested, from May to September, temperatures can reach 30 to 50 degrees with very little rainfall, thus almost everywhere you go you will find air conditioning.

Ibri boasts many historical sites, most prominent among them is the 400-year old Ibri fort and its famous gates are known as “Sabahat,” located right beside the well-preserved old suq of Ibri. Inside the fort, there is an old mosque which is still in use today. Amongst the most prominent archaeological sites in and near Ibri is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat with its pre historic beehive tombs.

Ibri’s souq is one of the largest and most prominent souqs both for the Dhahira region and historically for Oman; it once served as an important hub for the trading caravans of the past. Today it is still lively and animated throughout the week with local produce, ready-made goods and livestock being bought and sold daily; while also surrounded by some beautiful, traditional Arabic-Islamic architecture.

Please note that Oman is a conservative society where the consumption of alcohol, smoking in public, dating, immodest dress and behavior, and excessive contact between the genders are not socially acceptable. Thus, we recommend and advise that students respect Oman’s cultural norms to have a successful study at Noor Majan.

Program Dates and Prices

**A contact hour at Noor Majan is 50 min

Note 1: Periods of stay can be booked flexibly for a minimum of 2 weeks or longer. We also offer semester courses, academic year programs, intensive summer courses, and J-term courses at special conditions, please contact us for details and prices.
Note 2: Tuition fees start at 200 OMR/week (approx. 520 $), accompanying services such as accommodation and excursions need to be booked as a package.
Note 3: The semester at Noor Majan Arabic Institute is 13 weeks of instruction. The institute will close on official public holidays. Students can stay at the student accommodation during these holidays but there won’t be classes. In this case, the actual period of stay might be longer than only 13 weeks. These holidays are only announced by the government shortly before the specific holiday.
Note 4: Please contact us directly for inquiries about private tuition, dialect instruction, customized programs, and group discounts.
Note 5: During Ramadan, no food or beverages will be served at the institute.

calendar 2021
Code Start date End date Notes
21001 3 Jan 2021 28 Jan 2021 J-Course, 4 weeks
21002 3 Jan 2021 1 Apr 2021 Spring semester, 13 weeks, includes public holidays
21003 4 Apr 2021 31 May 2021 8.5 weeks, Ramadan starts on 13 April, includes Eid Al Fitr holidays
21004 6 Jun 2021 5 Aug 2021 Summer course I, 9 weeks, includes Eid Al Adha holidays
21005 8 Aug 2021 2 Sept 2021 Summer course II, 4 weeks
21006 15 Sept 2021 22 Dec 2021 Fall semester, 14 weeks, includes public holidays
calendar 2022
Code Start date End date Notes
22001 2 Jan 2022 27 Jan 2022 J-Course, 4 weeks
22002 2 Jan 2022 31 Mar 2022 Spring semester, 13 weeks, includes public holidays
22003 3 Apr 2022 2 Jun 2022 9 weeks, Ramadan starts on 2 April, includes Eid Al Fitr holidays
22004 12 Jun 2022 11 Aug 2022 Summer course I, 9 weeks, includes Eid Al Adha holidays
22005 14 Aug 2022 8 Sept 2022 Summer course II, 4 weeks
22006 18 Sept 2022 22 Dec 2022 Fall semester, 14 weeks, includes public holidays
calendar 2023
Code Start date End date Notes
23001 1 Jan 2023 26 Jan 2023 J-Course, 4 weeks
23002 1 Jan 2023 30 Mar 2023 Spring semester, 13 weeks, includes public holidays
23003 2 Apr 2023 1 Jun 2023 9 weeks, Ramadan starts on 23 March, includes Eid Al Fitr holidays
23004 11 Jun 2023 10 Aug 2023 Summer course I, 9 weeks, includes Eid Al Adha holidays
23005 13 Aug 2023 7 Sept 2023 Summer course II, 4 weeks
23006 17 Sept 2023 21 Dec 2023 Fall semester, 14 weeks, includes public holidays