Duqm was selected in 2001 as the location for a new shipyard and port complex due to its strategic location on the Arabian Sea, in central-eastern Oman. Eventually covering 135km², it will be one of the largest ports in Oman and an attractive destination for commercial shipping en-route between Asian, European and Middle Eastern ports.

Royal HaskoningDHV was commissioned in 2002 by the Oman Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) as the lead partner in a joint venture with Khatib & Alami and Partners, and Al Baraka Economic Consultancy. 

Our maritime engineers carried out the feasibility study, site investigation, environmental assessment, conceptual design and masterplanning. This was followed by detailed design, specifications and drawings for the marine facilities and associated infrastructure (valued at over €2 million) and included overall project and financial management, planning and supervision of construction.

The project was multinational, with members of the team based across four countries. Our team worked through any challenges presented and had frequent, close communication between client, consultant, contractor port operator and stakeholders to ensure we met all their requirements, including services such as security, customs, fast ferry and marina.

The marine works were completed on 2 May 2012, on schedule and within budget. The rest of the port complex is now finished and has transformed this section of the coastline, enhancing the lives of local and regional communities and providing the Omani Government with an invaluable commercial and strategic asset.