Oman has awarded 25 big road projects worth RO376 million ($978 million) as part of its efforts to develop the country's infrastructure to global standards, said a report.
These agreements will see the construction of asphalt roads which will extend to 280 km, whether single or double lane, and more than 40 km of mountain roads, reported the Oman Observer.
These will be extensions of the current road network and expansion of the single-lane roads to two lanes, it added.
The development projects vary from small and medium road construction projects to sewage systems, said the report, citing a senior minister.
"Due to the Sultanate's geography, the government is keen on completing infrastructure projects as they are looking to facilitate the movement of citizens as well as achieve economic growth within the country," remarked Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim Al Futaisi, the minister of transport and communications.
Al Futaisi pointed out that every kilometer of road built will positively affect the GDP, just as any building constructed has an economic benefit. "These roads will connect to new areas for industries and construction," he noted.
"This will contribute to the GDP of the Sultanate. We are trying our best to ensure that our projects contribute to the GDP. Therefore, we cannot ignore the roads as they directly serve the interests of the people," he added.