At Duqm, the ministry has invited companies to bid by 16 June for the first construction package which involves the civil works for the airport.

The prospective bidders include Desert Line Projects, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Strabag Oman, all local; Nagarjuna Construction Company and Larsen & Toubro, both Indian; Athens-based Consolidation Contractors International Company (CCC); Qatar Building Company and South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction.

The development is part of a larger plan to expand transport infrastructure at Duqm, which has a number of major projects including a new port and industrial zone together with residential and tourism developments.

Companies have also been invited to prequalify by 9 June for a building works package on the airport planned for Ras al-Hadd.

A number of companies have expressed interest including Desert Line Projects, Nagarjuna, the local Combined Group Contracting, Larsen & Toubro, Galfar, China’s Sinohydro Corporation and South Korea’s Samwhan Corporation.

Bids were submitted in March for the first construction package, which includes the civil engineering works.

Desert Line Projects is the low bidder with a price of $23.2m. Other bidders include Strabag Oman; Nagarjuna and the state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation.

Ras al-Hadd is a popular but remote tourist destination on the eastern tip of Oman. The airport will allow visitors to avoid a long road journey from Muscat (MEED 25:3:08).

Oman is developing six airports. Others are planned at Sohar, Adam, Haima and Shaleem.