Oman to build three airports in tourism drive


(TVLW) – Oman is planning to build three new domestic airports to boost the tourism industry in the Gulf Arab state, government officials said on Tuesday.

The new airports will be built in the country’s southern towns of Adam, Haima and Shaleem, economy minister Ahmad Mekki told a news conference.

“This will help the tourism sector,” said Darwish Al-Balushi, secretary general of the Ministry of Finance.

Mekki said the government has allocated 17 million rials ($43.86 million) for consultancy studies, design and supervision of the proposed airports.

The government was also developing a modern seaport and a dry dock at Al-Duqm in south-eastern region, Mekki said.

A Transport Ministry official said in September Oman will spend at least $3 billion in expanding the country’s international airport and to build another three airports in tourism locations and in the industrial city of Sohar.

The tenders for the runway of the Muscat airport will be invited in the first half of 2008 and a tender for terminal buildings will be invited before the year-end, Mekki said.