Oman’s Transport and Communications Ministry has invited contractors to submit bids for the deal to build roads in the Ad Dhahirah governorate.

Contractors have until 20 May to submit bids for the deal to build the Ibri link roads, which will be located between Muqniyat and Miskin.

In February, the ministry received bids from 20 contractors for the deal for the second phase of the project to upgrade the Bidbid to Sur road. The road between Bidbid and Sur is a major transport link in the sultanate, connecting the capital city of Muscat to the Sharqiyah region in the north-eastern part of Oman.

This was the third construction package to be tendered on the road scheme.

In February 2011, the Transport and Communications Ministry awarded a joint venture of Italy’s Astaldi and Turkey’s Ozkar Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret a OR125.2m ($325m) contract to build phase 1a of the dual carriageway between Bidbid and Sur.

In August 2011, a joint venture of Turkey’s Sezai Turkes-Feyzi Akkaya (STFA) and the UAE/Australian Habtoor Leighton Group was awarded the OR117m contract for phase 1b of the road scheme.

The phase 1b contract involves upgrading a 75-kilometre stretch of road that will be expanded from the existing two-lane carriageway into a four-lane carriageway. The scope also involves building 50km of service road and nine interchanges.