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Pact inked to enhance building safety standards in Oman

11 Mar 2024 Pact inked to enhance building safety standards in Oman By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – In a step towards enhancing building safety standards in the sultanate, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has signed a cooperation agreement with International Code Council (ICC) to develop a set of six comprehensive building codes.

The agreement, signed recently by H E Dr Khalfan bin Saeed al Shueili, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, and Judy Zakreski, Vice-President of Global Services at ICC, consolidates the commitment to creating tailored building codes that align with Oman’s unique circumstances and goals.

Reputed for its extensive experience in formulating and implementing building codes globally, ICC will leverage its expertise to customise laws for Oman. The agreement underscores the joint commitment of the parties to establish high standards in construction safety and methodologies, with a focus on safety standards, sustainability and technology integration. Project completion is anticipated by early 2026.

Dr Hanan al Jabri, Director General of Urban Planning in the ministry, emphasised the critical need for robust building codes amid rapid infrastructure and urban development in Oman. “The strategic cooperation with ICC reflects a shared responsibility to enhance safety, sustainability and innovation in the building and construction sector, aligning with the goals outlined in Oman Vision 2040.”

Judy expressed pride in collaborating with the ministry, highlighting the significance of Oman’s building codes in promoting safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable construction methods.

Throughout the project’s duration, ICC and the ministry will maintain close cooperation with Omani authorities, design professionals and other stakeholders. “The comprehensive approach, based on coordination, consensus and cooperation, will strengthen the building and construction sector in Oman, aligning with the needs and interests of its residents,” Judy added.

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