The central government of Oman is working on the ONSS: ‘Oman National Spatial Strategy for 2040’. The ONSS leans heavily on the ‘Regional Economic and Spatial Strategies 2040’ (RESS) per governorate.
Both projects are led by SCP, the Supreme Council for Planning.
SCP requested Royal HaskoningDHV to create the RESSs for the two governorates Dhofar and Al Wusta, in the south of the Sultanate. In total these govenorates cover over half the area of Oman.
Important parts of the study are the Economic Analysis, to define the economic perspective of the governorates, and the Spatial Master Plan, to guide the spatial future of the areas.
Next to this, also an extensive Traffic Survey was conducted, to see what transportations issues arise and how to handle these, Stakeholder Engagement is taken care of by multiple workshops, and an Institutional Assessment is made, to help boost the efficiency.
After the General Analysis and Land Use Analysis, now the Three Economic and Spatial Scenarios are prepared. After alignment with the other RESSs for the other governorates on National level, and stakeholder participation by local governments, the Preferred Scenario will be drafted, at the end leading to the Regional Economic and Spatial Strategies 2040.