Oman: New harbor to promote tourism

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Oman’s new harbor on Hallaniyat Islands is among several government initiatives to modernize Oman’s harbors as per international standards so that the country may serve as a gateway to the GCC. Photo-Mahsoom/Arabian Gazette

The government of Oman believes that the new harbor on Hallaniyat Islands will play a pivotal role in the development of economy and create tremendous tourism opportunities for Oman.

The harbor is expected to be completed within a year’s time. The project is among several government initiatives to modernize Oman’s harbors as per international standards so that the country may serve as a gateway to the GCC. In recent years, the government has prioritized the development of infrastructure in the Sultanate so that dependence on income from oil exports is reduced and a solid base is provided for economic diversification. The focus on infrastructure development is expected to attract domestic and foreign investment, which will help to propel business growth and create jobs for Omanis.

The harbor on project on Hallaniyat Islands is being constructed by Galfar Engineering and Contracting SAOG, a leading Omani construction firm. The contract, worth an estimated USD 100.4 million, will cover the development of infrastructure, construction of roads and other facilities. The island is strategically located around 60 km off Shuwaymiyah on the Dhofar mainland. Upon its completion, the harbor will boost tourism, commercial and other economic investment to these far-flung islands off the Dhofar coast.

According to Said bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, undersecretary for ports and maritime affairs at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, “a study on Shinas Port to develop the facilities in accordance with international standards is currently underway. The proposed plan is part of the government’s strategy to further develop Oman’s maritime infrastructure and to help stimulate economic development.”

He was speaking to the media on sidelines of a two-day GCC supply chain and logistics conference, organized by Al Nimr Expo and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Oman Logistics and Supply Chain Association (under formation), and the Chartered Institute for Logistics & Transport. The event will serve as a platform to discuss issues and opportunities in the supply chain and logistics sector.

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