Industrial cities planned in Shinas and Thamrait

MUSCAT: Two new industrial cities are planned for development at Shinas (North Al Batinah Governorate) and Thamrait (Dhofar Governorate), according to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn).
Local and international tenders for the establishment of the two industrial cities will be floated this year, said Hilal bin Hamad al Hasani, Chief Executive Officer of Madayn. Development is also expected to commence in the Mahas area, while several significant investments will be announced soon in the Suhar and Sur industrial cities, he said.
The announcement came as the Sultanate prepares to celebrate this year’s Industry Day, commemorating the visit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to Rusayl Industrial City on February 9, 1991. The Sultanate’s Industry Day comes against a backdrop of strong growth in Madayn investments.
The number of workforce in the various industrial cities during the first half of 2018 has touched 56,887 with an Omanisation rate reaching 34 per cent. Moreover, the number of investing projects in their various construction stages during the same period has touched 2,071, of which 1,389 are existing, 368 are under construction and 314 have been allotted with space. The total area of the industrial cities has touched 104,494,694 sqm during the same period with utilisation rate of up to 54 per cent.