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Oman

Oman is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Holding a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the nation is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Musandam exclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz (which it shares with Iran) and Gulf of Oman forming Musandam's coastal boundaries.

Overview

Area

309,500 km2

Capital

Muscat

Population

Over 4.7 million people

Languages

Arabic, Swahili

Government type

Parliament

Currency

Rial (OMR)

International calling code

+ 968

 

The Sultanate of Oman enjoys a strategic location at the gateway of the Persian Gulf, occupying the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman has a vast wealth of natural resources that support the continuous development of the countryʼs infrastructure. This development is backed by the political stability of the country and peaceful regional and international relations.

Oman has modest oil reserves, ranking 25th globally. A significant portion of its economy is tourism and trade of fish, dates, and certain agricultural produce. This sets it apart from its neighbors' solely oil-dependent economy. Oman is categorized as a high-income economy and ranks as the 74th most peaceful country in the world according to the Global Peace Index.

As shown in the map, Oman is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the north-west, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the south-west. The Arabian Sea lies to the south-east of the nation while the Gulf of Oman bounds the country on the north-east.

 

The national capital, Muscat is shown on the map in red color enclosed in a square. Some of the well-known cities in Oman including Bahla, Buraimi, Ibra and Matrah are presented on the map as well. The map also shows the various provincial boundaries of the nation.

Rail transport in Oman

Oman Rail is targeting to start construction on its national rail network in 2018 with part of the network to be operational two years later, a senior executive from the state-owned company.

The first segment of Oman’s rail network, a 207km to Al Ain from the Omani port city of Sohar, was scheduled to be completed by 2018. Oman is now moving ahead with the three other segments of the initial network that will connect the country’s minerals, oil and gas sites with southern port cities of Duqm and Salalah.

Oman has adopted a strategy in developing a freight network before it starts passenger services. The design of the rail network is expected to be completed this year and tenders will be awarded in 2017.

Construction of the rail network is unlikely to include public private partnerships and the government of Oman is yet to allocate funding for the reported $11 billion project.

Oman’s rail project is part of a wider proposed trans-Gulf rail network connecting all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states that was to be finished by 2018. GCC Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs Abdullah Bin Juma Al Shibli said on Tuesday the project will go ahead after the UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, said in February that 2018 was an unrealistic deadline and declined to comment whether he thought the regional project would be completed.

Oman Rail

Key Rail Projects

The anticipated total length of the Oman National railway network is 2135km. It is divided into several segments linking Oman's borders with the UAE to Muscat, as part of the GCC Railway Network and also to the southern parts of the country - Port of Al Duqm, the Port of Salalah and the Yemen border. The railway is double track, non-electrified and it is designed to serve mixed freight and passenger traffic. Freight train maximum speeds shall be 120 km/hr and for passenger trains - 220 km/hr (the corridor will be designed to 350 km/hr for possible future line-speed increases).

The railway design shall follow international standards (e.g. UIC, AREMA) and best practice.

Supply Chain

Oman Rail's Supply Chain management division's objective is to ensure the most efficient procurement of quality goods and services, as economically and conveniently as possible. Oman Rail's contracting and procurement activities are centralized to manage the company's total procurement process and ensure that it gets the best possible value for money when procuring goods and services, by the creation of maximum in-country value and through a fair and transparent tendering process.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

Oman Rail recognizes the contribution of a diverse workforce to the history of the rail industry internationally and hence Oman Rail believes it is essential to promote equality and diversity to achieve our aims and live our values.

Diversity for Oman Rail means we acknowledge the full variety of people who work for us, while welcoming different and fresh ways of thinking, encourage innovation and a culture of speaking openly, when things can be done better.

Performance Management and Omanization

The philosophy of Oman Rail is to have a performance orientated, open and responsible culture, where each person has the opportunity to grow and develop, while contributing to the development of the company, with those demonstrating higher performance having an accelerated path and recognition. Within the context of equality and diversity, Oman Rail will work to focus on developing the capability of Omani nationals, to play significant roles within Oman Rail and the railway sector in Oman.

Railway Stations Under Construction

(all 1,435 mm gauge)

  • Al Ain - border with UAE
  • Hafeet - junction
  • Dhank
  • Ibri
  • Fahud
  • Quam Alalam
  • Bulk Terminal
  • Haima - junction for Al Duqm
  • Amal
  • Marmul, Oman
  • Thumrait - junction for Salalah
  • Mazyunah - near border with Yemen
  • Hafeet – junction
  • Al Buraimi
  • Sohar
  • Khatmat
  • Al Misfah
  • Sinaw
  • Ibra - mine



 

 

Oman Rail is targeting to start construction on its national rail network in 2018 with part of the network to be operational two years later, a senior executive from the state-owned company told Gulf News.

The first segment of Oman’s rail network, a 207km to Al Ain from the Omani port city of Sohar, was scheduled to be completed by 2018. But a series of setbacks, including the January 2016 announcement by UAE rail company Etihad Rail.

Oman is now moving ahead with the three other segments of the initial network that will connect the country’s minerals, oil and gas sites with southern port cities Duqm and Salalah. Oman has adopted a similar strategy to the UAE in developing a freight network before it starts passenger services. The design of the rail network is expected to be completed this year and tenders will be awarded in 2017. Construction of the rail network is unlikely to include public private partnerships and the government of Oman is yet to allocate funding for the reported $11 billion project.

Oman’s rail project is part of a wider proposed trans-Gulf rail network connecting all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states that was to be finished by 2018.

Ministry of Transport and Communication

Minister: Dr. Ahmed Al Futaisi
        Tel.: (+968) 24-685 000

Fax: (+968) 24-685757

Email: info@motc.gov.om, Website: www.motc.gov.om

Oman Rail

Website: www.omanrail.om

Address: 115 - Madinat Sultan Qaboos, Al qurum - Beach one – 3rd floor - office number 306,

P. O. Box: 470

Oman Rail Chairman

Dr. Ahmed Al Futaisi

Tel.: (+968) 223 089 00

Email: info@omanrail.om

Regional Office Contact Person, Chief Safety & Security Officer

Mr. Ian Willetts

Tel.: (+968) 2230 8917, Mobile: (+968) 9458 1843

Email: ian.willetts@omanrail.om

 

Communication Manager

Mr. Abdulaziz Alrashdi

Tel.: (+968) 22 30 8988

Fax: (+968) 22 30 8901

Email: abdulaziz.alrashdi@omanrail.om

Rail Manager

Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Hatmi

Tel.: (+968) 22 30 8985

Fax: (+968) 22 30 8901

Email: alhatmi@omanrail.om

 

 

 

 

 

 

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