The development of Dibba Port in Musandam is going to play an important role in attracting investments to the governorate as it will soon offer land and build-up areas for investors.
Ahmed bin Ali al Shehhi, head of the fishing port in the wilayat of Dibba, said, “The Dibba Port development project, coming up at a cost of around RO40mn, is part of the government’s plan to diversify the economy and work to develop fishing ports in the sultanate to be attractive environment for investments. Area of the port following completion of the expansion in December 2023 will increase from 97,000sqm to 779,000sqm. The expansion will provide land plots that meet the needs of local and foreign investors,” Shehhi said.
“Buildings will also be offered for investment, including shops, restaurants and maintenance workshops,” he said, stressing that expansion of the port will constitute a qualitative leap for the projects implemented in Musandam and contribute to attracting tourists and investors.
According to Shehhi, the port facilitates the movement of cargo and passengers on a daily basis, especially for National Ferries Company (NFC) and cargo ships.
The port also played a significant role during the COVID-19 pandemic through the movement of passengers and goods.
A total of 140 cargo and landing ships docked in the port in 2020, and NFC’s express ferries operated three to five services per week.
“The port also had a role in supplying the coastal areas of Dibba and the wilayat of Khasab foodstuff and building materials via ships designated for this purpose,” Shehhi said.
The number of fishing vessels licensed in Dibba Port at the end of 2020 was 47, while the number of fishing boats using its facilities was 972, and the amount of fish exported from it was 11,209 tonnes.