Oman’s ministry of transport and communication will tender the contract for the detailed design for a new northern breakwater before the end of 2013.

The port authority is currently working with the Omani government on the project and is aiming to get a contractor on site to begin construction in 2014.

The planned 3.5-kilometre breakwater will not only protect the port from harsh weather conditions, it will also allow the port to build a new cruise terminal.

Cruise ships currently have to use allocated space in the general cargo area of the port. The plans for the new cruise terminal are part of wider efforts to improve Salalah’s appeal as a tourist destination, as well as fuel the growth of small and medium-sized businesses in the area.

Funds for the breakwater project have already been budgeted for under the government’s five-year (2011-15) plan.