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A technical team studying Muscat Metro project

Engineer Saeed bin Hamoud Al-Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology (MTCIT) has stressed the importance given to transport and logistics sectors such as roads, ports, and airports.


Engineer Saeed bin Hamoud Al-Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology
Engineer Saeed bin Hamoud Al-Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology


Muscat Metro


He said that studies have been conducted on the economic impact of the Muscat Metro through a special technical team established in this regard to avoid any problems in the long run.


Logistics Sector


The logistics sector is growing rapidly and is one of the fastest growing sectors, as the growth increased after the Corona pandemic by 28.4 percent in 2022 and its contribution to the GDP is 7 percent.


Land Transport Law


The General Directorate of Roads and Land Transport, is working on developing and completing the regulations of the Land Transport Law, with an emphasis on the importance of using modern technology to maximize the benefit of this sector.


Roads


It is expected that the Rusayl-Bidbid road will be fully opened in the first quarter of 2024 and many parts of the road have been completed, including the expansion of the Fanja Bridge.


The Adam-Haima-Thamrait road includes two phases, and the remaining works of the first phase Adam-Haima are being re-offered after the executing company withdrew from the project. The Ministry is looking for funding for the second phase of the Haima-Thamrait project and will launch the tender in the future.


The delay in the completion of the Eastern Highway is that the executing company has collapsed and the remaining works are being re-offered.


The Ministry is currently working on preparing and improving the Al Batinah Highway with the executing company, starting from the Wilayat of Barka to the Wilayat of Shinas.


It is expected that the Dibba-Lima-Khasab road will be awarded at the beginning of April, and five offers received by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology are currently being analyzed.


The ministry is planning the launch the national portal for electronic services by the end of this year to provide a one-stop shop for services, and new services will be added to it constantly.


The Ministry aims to digitize 80 percent of basic government services in 2025, and during the past year, a unified system was created for around government 3,000 services.


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