KEO was appointed as a sub-consultant to Italferr, the Italian State Railways Group, which has been engaged by the Omani Ministry of Transport and Communications to provide preliminary designs for approximately 2,244 kilometers of the Oman National Railway Project. KEO’s scope includes various Infrastructure-related design work, environmental studies, station design and landscape design, and all required data collections and stakeholder management, in addition to building reference surveys.

This is the first phase of the regionally significant GCC Railway project, and incorporates both freight and passenger lines that will, on completion, run from Salalah and Mazynounah in Oman’s south to Sohar and Al Misfah in the north. Oman is facing the challenges raised by its section of the network passing through some of the harshest terrain in the Sultanate. The first section of the project to be built is the 170 kilometer Sohar – Buraimi route.

The Oman National Railway Project is regarded as one of the most important projects ever undertaken in the country, and focus has been placed on developing the logistics industry to enable Oman to become the GCC region’s gateway. The Oman project will be a vital component of the GCC rail network which will link all six Gulf states by rail for the first time, providing an alternative to air or sea travel for both goods and passengers in the region. The GCC rail network will run down the Gulf coast from Kuwait, through Saudi Arabia, to the UAE and Oman, with branches linking Bahrain and Qatar.