The origin of the institution dates back to 1990 when it was established as a professional and vocational training provider in the Sultanate of Oman. In 1996, the training institute obtained the approval of the Ministry of Higher Education for offering the Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) through an International Outreach arrangement with the University of Hull. In 2003, it was granted the approval from Ministry of Higher Education to upgrade the status from a training institute to a Higher Education College.
Currently, the College offers Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and Management Studies, Marketing Management, Business Economics and Accounting and Finance and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business Information System, Computing Science, Mobile Computing and Information Systems. The College also offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme and the General Foundation Programme. All of the College’s programmes are offered in partnership with two reputable UK universities (Staffordshire University and Cardiff Metropolitan University). Gulf College works under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education. The medium of instruction at the College is English.
In 2014, the College moved into its new purpose-built campus in Mabela (Muscat). The campus has the following facilities: classrooms and lecture halls, assignment & information technology Labs, Auditorium (1000 seating capacity), a conference hall (100 seating capacity) a library spread over two floors, incubators for entrepreneurs, a coffee shop, a clinic, prayer hall (male & female), elevators and escalators, an outdoor Roman theatre, garden and landscaping, car park, restaurant (600 seating capacity), two gyms (male & female), an indoor sports stadium, a sports court and a playground.