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Bids invited for a new road to Jabel Shams

The project will include three phases
The project will include three phases

Muscat: The Ministry of Transport and Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) has invited a tender for supervision consultancy services for the construction of the Road to Jabal Shams (Wilayat al Hamra) in Al Dakhilyah Governorate.

The scope of the work includes about 26.2 km Phase 1, and 6.1km Phase 2. The winner will also review the design and supervise the construction of section 3 (about 17 km) and Wadi Damm Road (10 km).

The last date for the purchase of the tender document is December 3, and the last date for submission of the bid is December 31.

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Jebel Shams is the highest peak in the Sultanate, rising to an altitude of 3,004 meters above sea level, and has plenty of slopes and summits.

For many tourists, the main thing to do in Jebel Shams is camping by the edge of the canyon. It offers a great escape from the heat during summer.

Jabal Shams is the first place to receive sunrise in Oman due to its high peak. It is the highest mountain of the Hajar range and the country .

Situated around 240km from Muscat, the mountain is a popular sightseeing area with low summer temperatures and in the winter it drops to less than 0 °C.

The Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology (MTCIT) recently floated a tender for the implementation of the new alternative road to Jabel al Akhdar from South Al Batinah.

According to a top official at the MTCIT, this road project is important as it will easily link prominent tourist sites with the rest of the country.

"Jabal Akhdar is one of them as the place has so much potential. Presently, there is only one road to reach Jabal Akhdar which is hard to navigate for smaller cars. So, the ministry is Looking into one or two alternatives where even smaller cars could travel with ease," he told the Observer.

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