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OPENING THE GATEWAY TO THE REGION

Our rail network will crisscross the country and will link neighbouring countries including the UAE and Yemen as part of the GCC Railway Network.

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Ultimately, our objective is to enable the logistics industry and trade to become a significant GDP contributor in Oman by connecting the major ports to the GCC.

The GCC connection

The GCC region is emerging; areas that were desert 30 years ago are now vibrant modern communities. The population of the region continues to proliferate. As international companies locate offices in the GCC member states and service industries develop in response to new opportunities, along with this growth in buildings and population, there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for transport and for the infrastructure and facilities needed to support it - roads, ports and airports. It is now becoming apparent that the growth in metropolitan travel demand cannot be met by roads alone.

As part of Oman's national logistics strategy and overall development direction, Oman intends to realize the value its geographical position provides as a gateway to the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. To do this, an inter-modal approach is being used, whereby the ports provide access to sea lanes and the railway network access into the Middle East and beyond. Oman has three deep water, two industrial ports, five international airports, and over 2000km of planned rail network connecting these facilities and borders.

The proposed regional integrated GCC Railway will support GCC economic development, sustain growth at national and regional levels, foster economic development, growth and integration, enhance regional trade facilitation and promote GCC supporting industries in the neighbouring economies.