The UK’s Scott Wilson Kirkpatrickhas drawn up the initial designs for the base, which was originally intended to incorporate a 4.6-kilometre-long runway capable of handling heavy-lift fixed-wing aircraft. Total project costs are estimated at $60 million.

The Defence Ministry is also understood to be looking at proposals to build two further airbases in the sultanate for the RAOF, which has to vacate its existing headquarters at Seeb International Airport (Construction, MEED Special Report, 5:7:02, page 25).