Muscat – The Royal visit of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to Musandam is poised to significantly accelerate the governorate’s progress, according to senior officials.
Dawood bin Salim al Hadabi, CEO of Madayn, underscored the transformative impact of His Majesty’s directives for industrial expansion in Musandam. “The industrial city in Seih al Wasat in Madha and ready-built factories in Mahas Industrial City will catalyse industrial development, enhancing Musandam’s economic vitality,” Hadabi stated.
These initiatives, he affirmed, align with His Majesty the Sultan’s vision of diversifying the economy and fostering job creation, integral to the sultanate’s strategic development goals.
Hadabi added, “His Majesty’s continuous focus on the development of industrial cities aligns with Madayn’s overarching vision of creating world-class business cities, fostering sustainable economic and social development.”
According to Sayyid Ibrahim al Busaidi, Governor of Musandam, His Majesty’s inaugural visit as Sultan underscores his commitment to firsthand assessment of ongoing economic and development projects. His Majesty’s interest in the governorate’s economy highlights the importance placed on regional development.
The governorate is currently witnessing significant infrastructure advancements, including the Dibba – Lima – Khasab road, the upcoming Musandam Airport in Khasab, and urban development projects, he informed.
Busaidi also emphasised the strategic role of the logistics sector in Musandam’s growth, noting the dual functionality of Khasab Port in supporting both transport and the fishing industry. Initiatives to expand industrial zones and integrate port services are underway to mitigate geographical constraints and enhance development.
Aisha bint Ahmed al Harfi, Head of Craft Industries Department in the governorate, highlighted the inclusive nature of the economic growth plans, which empower Omani women through skill development and promotion of their products, while emphasising integration of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. “The economic strategies are inclusive, ensuring Omani women’s participation in professional development and entrepreneurship,” she added.
Describing the role of women in Musandam’s socio-economic landscape as instrumental, local entrepreneur Iman Saleh al Salti said, “His Majesty’s visit is a harbinger of enhanced employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for women, creating an environment where they can thrive professionally.”
The community anticipates the visit will pave the way for the expansion of existing businesses and provision of resources needed for the empowerment of women and the governorate’s economic upliftment.