Four airports currently under construction in Oman will provide as many as 4,000 jobs upon completion in three years, the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the Sultanate has said.
Ongoing developments in Duqm, Sohar, Sur and Ras Al Hadd will feature a variety of facilities when building work is finished, all of which will need staffing, the Ministry has said.
“These airports will have terminal buildings, cargo facilities, catering units, aircraft hangars, maintenance of equipment and duty free shops as well as air traffic controllers and technicians,” a Ministry of Transport project official told the Times of Oman.
“We think at least 4,000 jobs will be need to be created to run these facilities by the year 2014.”
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The new airports come at just the right time for the government, which is currently under pressure to raise thousands of jobs every year for an increasing number of new graduates, and particularly for Omani nationals following the social unrest.
So far this year, Omani ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said has already ordered the creation of 50,000 jobs for Omani nationals in an attempt to appease protesters, who took to the streets on May 6 this year to demand better standards of living.
The airports, which are at varying phases of construction, are being built to cater for a growing aviation sector in the Gulf state, which will include an increasing number of passengers and planes.
Other projects expected to create jobs are Muscat and Salalah airports – both of which are being expanded to have new terminal buildings, cargo facilities, runways, parking facilities and control towers.
The Ministry of Transport has awarded contracts over OR1.5bn ($12.98bn) for the construction of the small airports and the purchase of air navigation equipment.