Oman MapBy Saeed M Hilal AL-zadjali. Studies Quantity Surveying at University of Reading.

Oman is located in the South-Eastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula covering a total land area of 309,500 km2, the area of Oman consists of 82% valleys and desert, 15% mountains and 3% coastal plain. Oman is surrounded by the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and the Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter) of Saudi Arabia, all of which contributed to Oman’s isolation and boarders with both Yemen in the South and U.A.E in the North.

The Oman economy was boosted in 1999 mainly due to the mid-year upturn in oil prices, the government improved the overall performance of the economy by moving ahead with privatization of its own utilities and changing the commercial law to make it easier to attract foreign investments. The economy in Oman is not different in the structure from the rest countries in the region as it is based on Oil related activities with a production figure of more than 900,000 b/d.

The construction Industry in Oman is rapidly growing and there is a high demand for construction professionals, such as, architects, civil engineers, construction managers and building & quantity surveyors. The most needed professionals in Oman are both Building and Quantity surveyors as there are only a couple of colleges that offer training and higher education.

One of the main factors that attract foreign graduates/students to start a career in Oman is the taxation system as there are no heavy taxes composed on workers comparing to countries like the United Kingdom. Also the low prices of goods, services and properties in Oman offer investments and easy living.

Tourism projects such as luxury hotels and resorts is attracting both regional and international interests, like the Sohar Industrial Port which has a value of  USD$12bn and the Royal Opera House are clear examples of the willingness of the government to boost the construction industry. Transportation and infrastructure projects are getting more media and investments. For example the government announced that a 1000km railway network is going to be built by 2017 and will connect the capital of Oman, Muscat and various parts of the U.A.E. Further future aspirations by the government is to build 6 new airports in the next 5 years as well as expanding the current ones.

By Saeed M Hilal AL-zadjali

Muscat Airport

Airport Muscat

Royal Opera House – Oman

royal opera house Oman