Oman’s government has drawn up plans to construct a metro system that would link Muscat to its international airport.
According to the International Railway Journal, the metro, Oman’s first rail system, will connect the airport to the commercial hub of Ruwi, the administrative center of Muttrah, and the coastal town of Seeb, 20 kilometers northwest of Muscat.
The project would be included in Oman’s Urban Revitalisation and Regeneration Projects (URRP), which establishes a framework for economic development over the next 20 years, as well as the Oman National Spatial Policy (ONSS), the country’s planning strategy.
The goal is to leverage the metro to encourage additional commercial and residential development in the areas surrounding its stations. There are also plans in the works to turn Muscat’s numerous wadis (desert valleys) into parks.
There are also plans for the country’s first passenger rail service, which would run between Seeb and Sohar, roughly 120 kilometers northwest of Muscat.
This would be part of Oman’s National Railway Project, which calls for a 2,100-kilometer network connecting the Sultanate with the United Arab Emirates in the north and Yemen in the south.