The company joins the team working on the first phase of developing the city of Duqm, which had a population of just 12,000 in 2010.
The contract was awarded by the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD) for the development of an area of 150km2 comprising five distinct districts including residential, commercial, mixed-use, logistic and tourism developments.
Marco Malpiedi, Atkins’ managing director for Oman, said: “We’ll be working in partnership with SEZAD and other stakeholders to create a city fit for its future needs. This is an exciting time to be part of such an important development in Oman’s economic expansion.”
The first phase of this project is to be divided in four stages and spread over 30 weeks. Atkins’ scope includes the detailed city masterplan, a market and a technical feasibility study, a strategic environmental assessment, sustainability assessment, concept design, tourism strategy, transport masterplan and drainage plan.
SEZAD has a vision for Duqm City to become a regional maritime and transit trade hub, a complex for export-oriented industries, and a tourism destination on the Arabian Sea.