Oman’s Transport Ministry has received bids for two building construction contracts in Muscat.

The ministry received bids from 18 groups, 15 of which are local, for the construction of a housing development for employees. It is close to Muscat International airport at Seeb.

The low bidder is local Arabian Supplies & Contracting with a price of OR4.3m ($11m). This is 8 per cent lower than the price of OR4.7m submitted by the two second lowest bidders, the local Hasan bin Juma bin Backer Trading & Contracting, and Egypt’s Tiba Engineering & Contracting.

The other bidders include Teejan Trading & Contracting at OR4.9m, Towell Construction & Maintenance Company at OR5m, and Al-Bady Trading & Contracting at OR5.2m, all local.

The ministry has also received bids from 12 local groups for the construction of a new headquarters building.

The low bidder is Arabian Technical Supplies with a price of OR2.29m ($5.95m), which is 1.7 per cent lower than Dawood Trading & Contracting Group’s offer of 2.33m. The other bidders include Al-Nahdha al-Omaniah Company at OR2.5m, Al-Bady Trading & Contracting at OR2.6m, and Dahleez International at OR2.7m.