Oman’s Public Establishment for Industrial Estates Madayn has begun planning for the establishment of a new industrial city at Al Mudhaibi in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, the latest in a growing network of manufacturing clusters that will help boost employment generation and GDP growth.
Madayn invited eligible engineering consultancy firms to bid for its contract to design the infrastructure facilities for a 14 million square meter industrial city proposed for construction in the governorate on the last day.
It is the governorate’s first industrial park of its kind, providing a manufacturing and processing base for industries focused on, among other activities, commercializing the region’s rich mineral potential.
As part of its remit, the chosen bidder will be required to master-plan the construction of the new industrial city in phases, as well as design the basic infrastructure and overseeing the initial development.
Several contractors are bidding for the Authority’s tender for the building of infrastructure facilities and services for the first phase of the 10 million square meter scheme.
Ibri Industrial City, which will be located on the road leading to the Sultanate’s border with Saudi Arabia, will include a range of industrial, commercial, and services activities such as light and medium industries, commercial areas, administrative offices, industrial workshops, and warehouses.
Madayn’s Vision 2040 plan, unveiled earlier this year envisions an accelerated strategy for expanding Oman’s industrial and manufacturing sectors. It calls for, among other things, the establishment of new industrial cities in Thamrait (Dhofar Governorate), Shinas (North Al Batinah Governorate), and Al Rawdah (North Al Sharqiyah Governorate), in addition to those coming up in Ibri and Al Mudhaibi. These new parks will complement the industrial cities that have already been established in the free zones of Rusayl, Sur, Al Buraimi, Suhar, Raysut, Nizwa, and Al Mazunah.
Specialized complexes are also envisaged in existing hubs, including a plastics industries complex in Suhar, a precision manufacturing and nanotechnology complex in Sur, and food and pharma clusters in various regions.
An integrated city called Motcar is also in the works, with activities encompassing the marketing of automobiles, automotive spares, accessories, and services.
Motcar, a regional hub for the import and re-export of cars, machinery, and related services is set to open in Sohar Industrial City. Madayn’s Vision 2040 plan will help increase investment in the country’s network of industrial cities to an estimated $38.96 billion by 2040, up from $17.66 billion now.