Oman reveals railway plans

Oman's National Economy Minister Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki has said that the country plans to establish its first railway project.

Oman's National Economy Minister Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki has said that the country plans to establish its first railway project.

The project would initially be used to transport goods, while passengers will be able to use the network at a later stage.

Macki said this at the two-day Oman Economic Forum (OEF) held in Muscat last week.

He added that plans were still on the drawing board and that not many details had been finalised, but that a consultant had been appointed to study the scheme in detail.

The project will connect the Sohar Port with Birka on the outskirts of Muscat, covering a distance of 200km. It would be extended to Duqm, where a new seaport would be developed at a later stage.

Macki also said that another priority for the country is tourism. The industry is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 7% over the next few years, and will attract an estimated 11 million tourists by 2010.

The country is also developing incentives to attract more foreign investment such as establishing the necessary legal and regulatory framework.

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