4 Jul 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed by Oman's Supreme Council for Planning to develop Regional Spatial Strategies for the Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates - two of the Sultanate’s eleven Governorates. This is part of a large project, involving several parties to develop the National Spatial Strategy for Oman. The strategies are to direct and guide spatial planning, promote sustainable development, maximise growth, enable the diversification of economy and creation of employment opportunities.

The overall Oman National Spatial Strategy (ONSS) provides a framework for optimising land use to ensure sustainable socio-economic development regionally and nationally, and Royal HaskoningDHV has been commissioned to design two of the subsequent Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) which will help benefit regional economic growth.

Much of Oman’s economy relies on oil, but with the country’s oil supply being a finite resource, there is a need to diversify the economy on sectors outside of these reserves to support the growing population. This entails astute investment in other promising economic sectors such as tourism and industry which uses land and resource in a different way.

Royal HaskoningDHV will focus on using economic-driven master planning as part of the strategy to diversify the Omani economy so as to create jobs and ensure a sustainable future for Oman.

The RSS will help to build a national transport model to improve accessibility to the regions, leveraging the key assets of Salalah airport and the key port of Duqm. Improved accessibility will in turn boost investment into these regions therefore making them more attractive to businesses and visitors alike.

In order to help understand the needs of local communities, the Royal HaskoningDHV team will travel across the governorates and engage with people across relevant segments of the Omani society to get a comprehensive cross section of different views and obtain the structured data collection required for the RSS. These insights will help to inform the plans which will then be presented for further discussion to help shape the policy, programme and content of the RSS.

Royal HaskoningDHV has a strong track record in the Middle East region and in Oman where the local team has been instrumental in helping to develop the Economic Strategy and Master Plan for Musandam 2040. The Project Director of the Supreme Council for Planning, Dr. Hilal Al Qamshoey said, “Having worked with the team at Royal HaskoningDHV on prior projects, we are confident that we have a strong team in place who understands our vision and will work collaboratively with our teams to build the Oman National Spatial Strategy.”

Ziad al Mahmoud, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Director of Transport and Planning Middle East, said, “Royal HaskoningDHV has been working in Oman since 2002 and our local knowledge of the Omani society coupled with our international expertise in the field of economic-driven master planning and transport advisory, makes us well placed to design these regional strategies to help shape a sustainable and economically vibrant future for Oman.”