Oman Construction

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Faced with public investment cutbacks and a broad economic slowdown in the wake of lower oil prices, Oman’s construction sector continues to grow at a brisk pace, bolstered by state-led diversification efforts, high income levels and relatively low labour costs. The building industry grew by a robust 10.4% in 2016, up markedly on the two...

Chapter | Construction from The Report: Oman 2018

Despite public investment cuts and a broad economic slowdown in the wake of lower oil prices, Oman’s construction sector continues to grow at a relatively brisk pace, bolstered by state-led diversification efforts, high income levels and relatively low labour costs. The building industry grew by a robust 10.4% in 2016, up markedly on the two previous years, according to the latest official...

The effects of lower oil prices continue to be felt in Oman, with budget cuts and spending rationalisation still in evidence across the board. However, higher commodity prices in late 2017 and into early 2018 should provide a welcome boost to state revenues.

Increased private sector participation in Oman’s project pipeline, and draft bills to ease workforce restrictions and allow 100% foreign ownership, look set to help drive continued expansion in the country’s construction sector over the medium to long term.

 

How much potential is there for the public-private partnership (PPP) funding model to boost major development projects in Oman?

 

The development of a new cement plant at the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ) marks a new chapter in Oman’s cement industry, as two rival domestic companies form a joint venture to target new markets. The two firms made announcements about the deal in mid-August 2016 via statements to the Muscat Securities Market. Oman Cement, which is based...

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