Haima: Al Wusta Governorate is distinguished by its geographical location and the presence of many investments in the field of energy and minerals, in addition to the projects of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, which places the governorate on the map of global investment destinations.
His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Muslim Jaddad Al Kathiri, Governor of Al Wusta, stressed that the governorate and its various states enjoy a number of development projects that enhance the service, entertainment and tourism aspects. His Excellency added in a statement to the Oman News Agency that the most important of these projects are the Suqra and Al-Lakbi interface in the wilayat of Al-Jazar, Ras Madrakah in the wilayat of Duqm, and Shannah in the wilayat of Mahout, and many gardens and parks in each of the governorate’s wilayats, in addition to studying a number of projects with an economic dimension that will be announced soon, in addition to a project to develop an interface.
His Excellency also confirmed the implementation of a large number of internal road paving projects in various wilayats, estimated at 48 km, and a number of other projects such as the development of the Mahout interface and the service station in the wilayat of Mahout, the service station project in the wilayat of Duqm, and the project to improve some sites in the Rima district in the wilayat of Al-Jazar.
His Excellency explained that there are projects during the coming period whose cost ranges between 4 and 6 million Omani riyals related to the direct needs of citizens and strengthening the tourism sector.
He stressed that the Special Economic Zone in Duqm, affiliated with the Economic Zones and Free Zones Authority, is an integral part of the national economic gateways that are relied upon to support the national economy and stimulate economic and commercial activity.
He explained that there is existing coordination between the Governor’s Office and the region to put these goals into practice and benefit from these investments to support programs.
Development within the Central Governorate, whether related to health, educational, tourism, entertainment and other services, and raising the level of infrastructure or related to the social aspect by providing job opportunities for the people of the governorate and rehabilitation, training and employment programmes. He said that the government of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq the Great, may God protect and preserve him, has created strategies, plans, directives and capabilities through some large institutions to sponsor small and medium enterprises in creating job opportunities, project and contracting opportunities, and developing them to reach the level of medium and large companies.
In this regard, he pointed out that a plan has been drawn up to hold a forum or conference during the coming period that brings together those concerned with tourism investment to present the opportunities available in this field and to find a mechanism that will be more practical in establishing projects that serve tourist sites and organizing events and recreational activities that serve the sector.
He said that the governor’s office is studying the possibility of taking advantage of the airports owned by some entities and companies in Al Wusta Governorate in order to operate more flights linking Muscat and Salalah to Al Wusta Governorate to facilitate access to tourist sites, events and activities that will be held during the coming period and to facilitate the movement of citizens and employees working in the governorate.
Dr. Salem bin Salim Al-Junaibi, member of the Board of Directors of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and head of the Chamber’s branch in the Al-Wusta Governorate, stated that the governorate has become an investment destination with integrated readiness of infrastructure such as airports, ports, road network, electric power generation stations, communications networks, and multiple security and governmental services that stimulate the attraction of… Major foreign or local investments. He said that what distinguishes Al Wusta Governorate is its diverse projects in various sectors.
There are projects in the logistics sector, projects in the petrochemical sector, in the electricity and gas sector, in the oil storage and refining sector, in the real estate and tourism sector, in the trade and entertainment sector, in the fish farming sector, green hydrogen projects, and artificial intelligence technologies. And renewable energy production. He stressed that the Omani private sector was able to keep pace with the economic boom witnessed by the Al Wusta Governorate by completing many projects assigned to it according to international standards and in record time, and that the business environment in the governorate has become growing, prosperous and attractive for establishing projects for entrepreneurs.
He said that the branch of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the governorate is working to achieve an environment conducive to business and implement many economic programs that promote the components of the governorate and encourage investment in it.
He added that Al Wusta Governorate is opening broader horizons for major investments in various sectors during the coming period, expressing his hope that entrepreneurs in the governorate will have priority in awarding contracts and projects that emerge from those investments.
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