The Omani Health Ministry has received bids from firms to provide engineering consultancy services on its New Sultan Qaboos Hospital project in Salalah.

The bidders are Amjaad Engineering Consultancy, Omani Engineering Consultancy Company, Al-Manarah Engineering Consultancy, Al-Hatmy Engineering Consultancy, Resolution Engineering Consultancy, Gulf Engineering Consultants, Consulting Engineering Services, Ibn Khaldun Consulting Engineers, all local, Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami, UK-based Atkins, Denmark’s Cowi & Partners, and the Muscat office of KEO International Consultants.

In June, the Health Ministry awarded the local Galfar Engineering & Contracting a RO15m ($39m) contract to build a cardiac centre at Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah (MEED 7:7:09).

The existing Sultan Qaboos Hospital is the main hospital in Dhofar governorate and serves Salalah and surrounding towns and villages. It has about 450 beds.

The government is keen to continue investing in healthcare projects as private sector schemes are not expected to move forward during the current financial crisis.