Let’s make some noise about construction in Oman

Despite ongoing diversification efforts and steady progress on key projects, Oman’s construction sector has been fairly quiet of late. The time has come to make some noise!

COMMENT, Business, Projects, Construction, Construction Week Oman, Muscat, Oman, Sultanate of Oman

There are countless reasons to love Oman. Its delightful winter climate, its breathtaking scenery, and its rich cultural heritage have proved irresistible draws for tourists from across the GCC and beyond.

In addition to its natural attributes, there is one characteristic in particular that causes me to count the sultanate among the most amiable places I’ve ever visited: namely, its people. Without wishing to stereotype (albeit positively), I have never failed to receive a convivial welcome on travelling to the country. In my experience, Oman is a happy place.

One side effect of this down-to-earth, laid-back attitude, however, is modesty. For the most part, the construction professionals that I’ve spoken to in Oman have tended to downplay their personal achievements, preferring instead to attribute their successes to fortunate happenstance, effective leadership, or the combined efforts of their peers. While such factors are undoubtedly important – and there is absolutely nothing wrong with a healthy degree of modesty – this mindset often leaves little room for the celebration of individual excellence.

Added to this is the fact that Oman’s construction community has not had it easy of late. While all Gulf countries have been forced to re-evaluate their ongoing project pipelines and revise public spending programmes in light of the oil-price decline, the high cost of extraction in the sultanate has made this situation even more challenging.

Nevertheless, with characteristic diligence, Oman’s policy-makers and industry leaders have embarked on a comprehensive campaign of diversification, investing in sectors – such as tourism, renewables, industry, and logistics – with the potential to drive the country’s post-oil economy.

Yet in many instances, these activities appear to be taking place behind the scenes, with Oman’s construction community choosing action over words. Commendable though this strategy may be, it has led to somewhat of a quiet spell in terms of the construction-related news coming out of the sultanate.

Well, no longer. The time has come to shed light on the myriad positive steps that are being taken by Oman’s construction community, and not only at a national level.

The sixth edition of the Construction Week Oman Awards will take place in Muscat on Monday, 13 March, 2017, and nominations are now open. As such, the CW team is eager to hear about individual excellence, corporate prowess, and project success from across the sultanate.

Modesty is laudable, but so too are the achievements of our industry. The time has come to make some noise about your own, and your colleagues’, successes. Submit your nominations now via constructionweekonline.com/cwawardsoman.

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