The project entails building a ship repair yard, naval and commercial docking facilities, and cargo berths at the port, which presently caters for small craft. The scheme calls for the construction of a 3.5-kilometre breakwater, a 500-metre quay wall and a drydock with the capacity to handle 25,000-35,000-dwt vessels. The existing harbour basin will require dredging to a depth of 10 metres.

The Transport & Communications Ministry is the client. Duqm is part of the government’s plan to develop the infrastructure of small regional ports (MEED 31:8:01).