Oman’s Transport & Communication Ministry has issued a new tender for phase two of work on the Ibri–Al-Dariz–Miskin dual carriageway. The deadline for submissions is 23 December. In 2010, the local Strabag Oman won a $92m contract for phase one of the project, which covered a 34-kilometre stretch of the road.

Oman has recently issued a flurry of large road contracts, as it looks to bolster its economy by developing more modern and integrated transport infrastructure. The government has earmarked $8bn for the construction of 12,704km of road projects as land transport continues to be the main means of getting around the sultanate.

Earlier this week, the ministry issued a tender for a contract worth an estimated $150m for phase two of the dualisation of a road between Ibri and Yanqul. The deadline for submissions is 16 December.

Earlier this month, the ministry invited companies to bid by 9 December for an estimated $250m contract to dualise a 145km stretch of road between Izki and Nizwa.

The biggest road scheme being built is the 260km Batinah Expressway, which will be Oman’s first dual four-lane road. The $2.6bn project will connect Sohar, Muscat and the UAE, and is expected to reduce the travel time between Muscat and the UAE border by at least an hour.