As part of Oman’s master plan to develop tourism into a major part of its GDP, Port Sultan Qaboos is slated to be turned into an exclusive hub for tourists to Oman and the rest of the region.
Today the port is the Sultanate’s main harbor for the import and export of cargo. The goal in Oman is that the development of the port will be part of an expansion of the tourist trade in general until it becomes 2.4% of the country’s GDP.
A joint statement was issued by the ministries of transport and communications explaining the intention to soon creating a master plan:
“The two ministries will develop the master plan and detailed designs for the port and its associated services and utilities in coordination with the concerned government and private establishments.
“It will be totally dedicated to tourism,” a joint statement said.
The present activities at Port Sultan Qaboos will be transferred to the port in Sohar in as smooth a way as possible “to ensure non-conflict with the existing concession agreement for the management and operation of Port Sultan Qaboos.”