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Old August 2nd, 2011, 04:43 PM   #121
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Al Mawaleh-Al Khoudh third lane opens



MUSCAT — The third lane of Al Mawaleh-Al Khoudh road, the first phase of the road expansion, was opened yesterday by Muscat Municipality. The section, consisting of a 4.5-km track added to the existing road between the two junctions of Al Mawaleh and Al Khoudh, is in continuation of an 18-km dual expansion of the Sultan Qaboos Road from Al Mawaleh to Barka roundabout.

The project aims to ease the passage of vehicles and to enhance road safety along the high-traffic road. The first phase of the project includes the construction of 10 culverts distributed in different areas where wadis cross the highway. The 3x3 metre culverts have been designed to drain rainwater and operate properly for 100 years. Larger structures (arches) have also been built under the highway for small and medium vehicles in three main areas and they serve as links to the service roads flanking the road on north and south parallel ways.

This is in addition to terrestrial pedestrian crossings in three areas as part of the current phase of expansion. The project also includes a 60-metre pedestrian overpass linking Al Hail North with Al Hail South. The existing overpass will be maintained and the two roundabouts of Seeb Palace and Bait al Baraka will be expanded.

A flyover will also be constructed to link the highway with Al Arsh road which leads to Seeb souq and adjoining areas, thereby making it unnecessary for motorists to use the Palace roundabout. The second phase of the road expansion project, on the other lane from Al Khoudh to Al Mawaleh, is expected to be opened in August.

The project is an important section of the Muscat-Batinah road, which serves one of the Sultanate’s most populated areas (Al Batinah).

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MECA to set up a research centre for mangroves



The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) will begin constructing a Mangrove Information Research Centre, which will have laboratories and training centres, in Qurm by the end of this year.

“The new centre will foster research and sharing of knowledge in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which has been working with the ministry on restoration and conservation of mangroves since 2000 and has been instrumental in establishing four mangrove nurseries around Qurm, Sur and Salalah,” said Badar Yousuf al Bulushi, head of Wetland Conservation Department.

“The centre will enhance our research and knowledge-sharing capacity. We will carry out surveys and research on issues plaguing mangrove cultivation in Oman.”

MECA also aims to plant 1mn mangrove saplings along the coast of Oman. “MECA has set an ambitious target of 1mn mangrove trees to be planted by the end of this decade. Half of the project was completed between 2001 and 2010,” said Bulushi.

“Climate change, coastal development, population growth and over-grazing have affected mangrove areas. Salalah offers an excellent breeding ground with 100 per cent survival rate. In areas like Sur, the presence of sea grass restricts the growth of mangroves. Research at the centre in Qurm will determine how to get around this problem,” he said.

Mangroves are important to the region’s marine ecosystem. They form a natural habitat for sustainable development of fauna and play a vital role in preventing soil erosion in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 04:15 AM   #123
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Khasab-Shinas ferry plans on track: NFC

The National Ferries Company’s (NFC) plans of operating Sawqrah between Khasab and Shinas remain on track despite the ferry’s deployment on the Khasab-Lima route.

Sawqrah was expected to commence its operations by linking Khasab and Shinas, but was launched through the introduction of a Khasab-Lima service. Fadhila Ali al Khalasi, marketing officer, NFC, told Muscat Daily that the Khasab-Shinas sea link remains on track.

“The project hasn't been given a time-frame yet as we haven't received a green light from the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC). We will put the Sawqrah ferry on the route when everything is ready. It will also keep serving Lima.

“A schedule will be worked out to cater to both the destinations. It could be an alternate day plan, serving both the places more than a couple of times a week.”

Italian-built Sawqrah is NFC's third high-speed ferry designed to carry 116 passengers and 22 vehicles. In February 2011, NFC had announced that Sawqrah would start operating between Shinas and Khasab in March. In a later announcement, the company postponed the launch of the service to 2011 end.

NFC aims to link a total of 12 coastal communities with its passenger ferry service in the coming years. Plans are also afoot to add Bandar Abbas (Iran) and Dubai to the network.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:33 AM   #124
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Oman signs deals worth $2.16 billion for airports and road projects



MUSCAT -- Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications on Monday signed agreements worth a whopping $2.16 billion for airports and road projects in the country. Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salem Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, signed the nine agreements as part of the government's efforts to build infrastructure for the 
country's development.

The major portion of around $1.7 billion was towards the construction of a brand new terminal for the Muscat International Airport. The construction of the terminal was awarded to a consortium of US-based Bechtel, Bahwan Engineering Company (BEC) and Turkey's ENKA as part of a massive Muscat Airport expansion project in October last year.

The airport terminal, which will be completed within 38 months, will be designed to handle 12 million passengers annually. Another project worth around $141 million was signed with Carillion Alawi for the construction of a special air control tower as part of the same
 airport project.

The third and significant agreement worth around $115 million was signed with South Korea's Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Company to build a runway and other facilities linked to the development of a green field airport at Duqm in the Al Wusta region. Hanjin will build the main infrastructure for the airport over the next 22 months in Duqm, which is being developed as major industrial hub in central Oman.

The Duqm airport is one of the four regional airports being built to link interior regions with Muscat for meeting the increasing travel demand from tourists, businessmen and local communities. The other three are Sohar, Ras Al Hadd and Adam. Two more agreements totalling around $85 million were also signed for building of a civil aviation building as well as airport signals and navigations systems for Muscat and Salalah International Airports. Agreements were also signed for a number of road construction projects in Sohar and other areas.

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Old August 4th, 2011, 01:22 AM   #125
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Oman Awards Contract for Mideast’s First Solar Oil-Recovery Site

Petroleum Development Oman, a third owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, awarded a contract to GlassPoint Solar Inc. to build the Middle East’s first solar plant generating steam to boost output from aging oil deposits.

The 7-megawatt, four-acre site will deploy enhanced oil recovery, or EOR, technology, injecting steam into oilfields to loosen denser crude, according to an e-mailed statement today from Fremont, California-based GlassPoint. Previous such operations have burned natural gas to produce the steam.

Persian Gulf nations, suppliers of about a quarter of the world’s oil, are introducing EOR technology to make the most of depleting reserves. Oman, the biggest Arab oil producer that isn’t a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, has reversed output declines as the country leads the region in its use of the system.

“Over time, the light oil at the top of fields gets used up, so ultimately everyone will be producing heavier and heavier oil,” GlassPoint Chief Executive Officer Rod Macgregor said today in a telephone interview. “Oil producers will need steam from somewhere, so they can either burn gas, which many lack, or they can use solar energy.”

GlassPoint’s plant will reduce Oman’s use of gas by only 1.6 million cubic meters a year, barely denting the 5.4 billion cubic meters it employs for EOR, “there’s no reason you couldn’t displace 80 percent of it,” Macgregor said.

Oman is reducing exports of liquefied natural gas and has delayed building petrochemicals plants as it feeds the needs of its own oil production and power plants. The country plans to produce 850,000 barrels of oil a day this year, rising to 1 million barrels a day in the next five years, Oil Minister Mohammed al-Rumhy said in November.

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Old August 6th, 2011, 09:09 AM   #126
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Private sector lures Omanis


MUSCAT The number of the national manpower in the private sector establishments rose to 214,758 male and female citizens at the end of June, representing an increase by 0.72 per cent compared to May 2010.

The number of specialists reached 20,468 representing 9.5 per cent of the gross national manpower whereas technicians stood at 14,625 representing 6.8 per cent. The number of craftsmen amounted to 65,070 citizens representing 30.3 per cent whereas skilled workers stood at 39,670 citizens representing 18.5 per cent and workers of limited skills stood at 74,925 or 34.9 per cent as of the end of June.

The monthly bulletin for national manpower indicators published by the Manpower Ministry pointed out that the number of those registered as job seekers for the first time in June 2011 amounted to 6,923 citizens, 5,181 male and female citizens were appointed, including 96 citizens under training.

The number of expatriate manpower in the private sector establishments amounted to 1,201,175 employees at the end of June, including 979,337 employees at the business category and 221,838 employees in personal work. The bulletin pointed out that 18,670 expatriate workers left the country by June end.

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Geely Emgrand car range launched

The Geely Emgrand range of automobiles was officially launched at the brand’s showroom in Wattayah on Tuesday evening. Guests, company staff and media were given a tour of the latest range of cars to enter the Omani market.

Geely, distributed in the sultanate through the Towell Auto Group, has brought its full range of cars into Oman, from small hatchbacks to large saloons. With prices expected to start from around RO2,300, officials at the brand’s Wattayah showroom are confident of its success.

“This launch has taken two months of preparation and we have carefully analysed the market. At the moment there is no competition for Korean manufacturers. So, we are looking at gradually establishing ourselves in the market,”said Abdul Nassar, assistant sales manager at Geely Emgrand.

“The prices of other brands are quite high and the Omani market is naturally cautious. We have a full range of cars available, with engines from 1300cc to 2400cc at the showroom.”

Geely Emgrand officials also stated that servicing and maintenance of the vehicles has been secured through the distributor’s existing network, with technicians specifically trained for the entire Geely automobile range.

The brand has also benefited from a recent purchase of the Volvo marque, with the cars now manufactured as per European safety standards and according to officials, fitted with six standard airbags in the top range EC8 Saloon.

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Royal Opera House Muscat to Open in October 2011

The newly built state-of-the-art Royal Opera House Muscat (ROH Muscat), Sultanate of Oman, is delighted to announce its Grand Opening scheduled for this October, with unprecedented performances from 12 October to 31 December set to attract world attention.

Established by Royal Decree, ROH Muscat is an iconic building symbolizing the undivided attention His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has given to the Sultanate’s cultural development and prosperity. Construction is now complete and a program of world class performances, including a soft opening series from June to September, has already started with the June 6 concert by the Royal Oman Symphony.

The artistic program of ROH Muscat’s inaugural season will focus on opera productions, ballet performances, and music concerts. The production of two operas: “Turandot” and “Carmen”, has been specially commissioned and is owned by ROH Muscat. For the Grand Opening Day, the legendary Maestro Franco Zeffirelli will direct the production of Giacomo Puccini's last masterpiece, “Turandot”, featuring the Arena di Verona Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet. Later, the world renowned Gianni Quaranta will direct George Bizet’s “Carmen” to be performed by the famous La Verdi Orchestra & Chorus.

The American Ballet Theater, accompanied by the world-renowned State Hermitage Orchestra, will make its first trip to the region to perform “Don Quixote”. Other exceptional and historic ballet performances include: “Giselle” by Teatro Alla Scala Ballet Company, accompanied by the Accademia alla Scala Orchestra; “Shim Chung – The Blindman’s Daughter” by the Universal Ballet of Korea; and the popular “Swan Lake” by the Mariinsky Ballet accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra.

Music concerts will feature Maestro Plácido Domingo and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, with the participation of the gracious dancer Nuria Pomares; the renowned soprano Renée Fleming and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and the world’s greatest living cello player Yo- Yo Ma with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition to the artistic content, the program of the inaugural season will also include intellectual exchanges that will highlight the importance of dialogue and candid debate among arts and culture stakeholders. In collaboration with The Aspen Institute, the ROH Muscat – Aspen Creative Arts World Summit will be organized under the theme of Arts in Motion.

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Sur power project IPO float expected in 2014

Phoenix Power Company, the special purpose vehicle created for the construction of the Sur Independent Power Project (IPP), is anticipating to float an IPO for the project in 2014, according to senior officials.

The US$1.5bn Sur IPP project, which will be the biggest in the sultanate, will supply 2,000MW to the national grid by 2014 with the first 433MW expected to be available by April 2013. The IPO is part of the contract the company entered into with Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER).

As per the contract, the first step towards the floatation was taken on August 1 this year when the company listed 500,000 shares in the third market of the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) at a total value of RO500,000.

Japanese conglomerate Marubeni holds a 50 per cent stake in Phoenix Power, with Chubu Electric holding 30 per cent, Qatar Electricity and Water Company 15 per cent and Suhail Bahwan subsidiary Multitech five per cent.

Yuji Sato, vice president of London based Marubeni Europower - the Marubeni subsidiary that manages IPPs, told Muscat Daily that it is too early to determine the value of the IPO, but the recent rights issue “is the first step towards that IPO.” He said, “It is too early to say what the value is. It depends on the market conditions and the work on the project.

“The IPO is the policy of the AER. This is under the conditions in the contract. I think it means that the government would like to share the benefits of the project nationally through the IPO,” Sato added.

In conjunction with Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), Phoenix Power has entered into a power purchase agreement which commits both parties to the sale of the full capacity of the plant over a period of 15 years.

The Sur IPP project will not only provide increased power to meet the sultanate's growing need for electricity, but it will also allow older and less efficient power plants around the country, like the units at Ghubrah and Wadi Jizzi, to retire.

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Projects worth 4m rials under way in Sohar

SOHAR Sohar Development Office continued to execute various development and service projects at the wilayat worth more than 4 million rials. The projects include construction of Sohar market, central slaughterhouse, paving and lightening a number of internal roads and building A Menyal coastal park, besides protection works of wadis passageways at the wilayat.

Sohar market is regarded as one of the major projects under progress and aims at restoring the position of the Sohar old market. The market, located in Al Hajra area, will be built on an area of 4,575 square metres worth 2,500,000 rials.

The central building of the market includes two floors; the first contains 28 shops while the second includes two restaurants and an exhibition area. The exhibition will include photos and books which narrate some historical events in Sohar.

The office has already started the rehabilitation and development project of Sohar central slaughterhouse. The project will increase the capacity of visitors by establishing a new hall for cow slaughtering, rehabilitating the current goat slaughtering hall, building two waiting rooms and rooms for saving skin and wastes.

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Muscat now has its own thread in the City/Metro Compilations sub-forum of the World Development News Forums

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Old October 25th, 2011, 10:58 AM   #134
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nice updates, keep it up and good luck for all the projects in oman
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yeah thanks for the updates
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The Home Show 2011 opens on Dec 13


MUSCAT — The Home Show 2011, the only event that focuses on Oman’s vibrant housing construction, renovation and interior design sector, is all set to open its doors from December 13-15 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre.
An impressive list of companies will be taking part in the three-day international exhibition, which will feature everything required by homebuilders, interior designers and homeowners.
Among the wide range of products that will be on display include furniture and furnishings, home electronics and appliances, kitchen and bathroom products, doors and windows, as well as paint products, lighting fixtures and prestigious residential properties.
Oman Daily Observer and its sister Arabic daily Oman are media sponsors of the three-day event.
“The Home Show 2011 will truly be the definitive event for all companies serving the housing sector, for industry professionals directly involved in building and designing residential properties, and for everyone who wants to finally turn their dream homes into reality,” said C J Paul, Chief Executive Officer of Global Exhibitions & Conferences LLC (GEC), the leading organiser of high-profile events in the Sultanate.
The visitors of The Home Show 2011 will primarily consist of property developers, architects, interior designers, ministry officials, homeowners, building material suppliers, real estate agents, the top management of construction companies and other professionals in Oman’s building and construction industry.
With the strong presence of many well-known brands, the international exhibition is expected to attract huge crowds on all days of the event.
The Home Show 2011 is being held under the patronage of the Ministry of Housing, and it is also officially supported by the Supreme Committee for Town Planning, Oman Housing Bank, and the Oman Society of Contractors.
Other organisations that have given their full support to the event include GISI Consult GmbH, the Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC), and the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID).
Many leading companies are also sponsoring the event, a clear indication of its value as an important platform for marketing, networking and promotional activities.
Samsung and the Golden Oasis Group are the gold sponsors of The Home Show 2011, while Sadolin Paints, Multitech Contracting LLC and The Wave, Muscat, are the silver sponsors.
Danube Building Materials and the premium French furniture brand Gautier are associate sponsors.
In addition, a large number of media companies including industry websites and publications have likewise given their backing to the event.

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No problem y'all.
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Finally that place is opening!

Also City Cinema has open another cinema at the newly bulit Muscat Grand Mall
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