Transport in Oman

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Sultan Qaboos Street

total: 32,800 km
paved: 9,840 km (including 550 km of expressways)
unpaved: 22,960 km (1996 est.)

Oman has one expressway grade highway running along the Batinah Coast of the Gulf of Oman. It forks near Shinas, with one leading inland to Wadi Hatta and another to Fujairah. The speed limit is generally 120 km/h. In the Muscat area, this highway is known as Sultan Qaboos Street, and it is the trunk road running through the city. Outside the Muscat area, the interchanges take the form of roundabouts spaced approximately 7 km apart. Each roundabout contains unique features to enliven the streetscape. The roundabouts are named for driver navigation.

Other roads are two lane highways in very good condition. There is ample desert scenery. The road between Diba and Al Khasab is gravel, despite what some maps may say.


Links to neighboring countries[edit]

  • United Arab Emirates: Oman has several good road connections at Buraimi (Al Ain), Waddi Hatta(Wajaja), Khamat Mulahah (Fujairah) and Bukha.
  • Yemen: Route 47: Raysut to Sarfait in Oman - Yemen border. The road then goes to Hawf, Al Faydami, Al Ghaydah. Another road is from Thumrait to Al Mazyonah in Oman - Yemen border.The road then goes to Shisan, Al Kurah, Al Ghaydah.
  • Saudi Arabia: Desert road through Al Mashash. However, there is a new road under construction to link the two countries.


There are no main line railways in Oman, but some are planned, including links to adjacent countries. The narrow gauge Al Hoota Cave Train takes tourists into the cave complex in a journey of 4 minutes and distance of 400m.


  • Joint Gulf Railway proposed to link gulf states at cost of $14b by 2014.[1]
  • Bids are invited for construction of a rail network in three phases: The first phase would be a double-track electrified coastal route from Masqat to Suhar; the second phase would be an extension from Masqat to Daq; the third phase an extension from Suhar to Al-Ayn (in UAE).[2]


crude oil 1,300 km; natural gas 1,030 km

Ports and harbors[edit]

Gulf of Oman[edit]

Arabian Sea[edit]

Merchant marine[edit]

total: 3 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 16,306 GRT/8,210 tonnes deadweight (DWT)
ships by type: cargo 1, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 1 (1999 est.)


142 (1999 est.)

Airports - with unpaved runways[edit]

total: 136
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 6
1,524 to 2,437 m: 56
914 to 1,523 m: 37
under 914 m: 35 (1999 est.)

See also[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the CIA World Factbook.


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