Key road connecting Duqm opens

915697Staff Reporter –
Muscat, Feb. 1 –
The Ministry of Transport and Communications on Wednesday partially opened the 109-km Sinaw-Mahoot-Duqm road project for traffic.
The section which represents 60 per cent of the total length of the project, which is 181-km long was opened in the presence of Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, and Salem bin Mohammed al Nuaimi, Under-Secretary of the ministry.
The newly-opened section includes 72-km from the first section from the ninth km until the 81 km and 37 km, which starts from the 8 km until the 118 km.
The project includes a single carriageway, external shoulders and 2-metre non-asphalt external shoulders.
The project includes the construction of seven roundabouts (five in the first section and two in the later section) along with 200 box culverts.
The Sinaw-Mahoot-Duqm project is considered to be one of the major projects in Oman, as this will help link Duqm Economic Zone (SEZAD) to the governorates of Al Dakhiliyah and North Al Sharqiyah and Muscat.
This road will have direct benefits for those who live in the areas on both sides of the road’s direction.
It will contribute in revitalising tourism, socio-economic and commerce sectors and not to mention that it will serve the villages such as Al Ayon, Burzzman, Al Shreekha, Al Madeera and Mahoot.
The project will serve the SEZAD’s plans to attract investments as well encourage the industry. The port is seen as a hub for developing the area as it has the potential to accommodate millions of containers, general cargo, dry bulk and liquid materials, not to forget its support for tourism, industrial and commercial activities.