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Transportation in Oman


As of 2008, there were 53,430 km of roadways, of which 23,223 km were paved, including 1,384 km of expressways. A major 800-km (500-mi) highway links Nazwa in the north to Thamarit and Salalah in the Dhofar region. A main coastal road has been laid from Muscat to Suhar, a distance of 240 km, and the road from Muscat to Buraymi on the United Arab Emirates border has been completed. In 2003, there were 266,325 passenger cars and 113,370 commercial vehicles registered. There are no railways or waterways in Oman.

In 2012, there were an estimated 130 airports, 12 of which with paved runways. In that same year, there were also three heliports. Seeb International Airport, 30 km northwest of Muscat, is served by numerous international carriers, including Gulf Air, in which Oman holds a 20% interest. A second modern airport, at Salalah in the south, serves domestic flights. In 2003, about 2.777 million passengers were carried on scheduled international and domestic airline flights.

Mina' Qabus, near Muscat, is the main port in the north, serving international and regional shipping. Port Salalah, 1,000 km down the cost from Muscat is the main port for the south. Opened in 1998, Port Salalah is the only port between Europe and Singapore that can accommodate the S-class ships, the world's largest class of container vessel. It is now among the top 20 container ports in the world in terms of handling capacity, and among the top 10 in terms of efficiency. All Omani crude oil is exported from Mina's al-Fahl, west of Matrah. In 2010, Oman had five merchant vessels (a passenger ship) of 1,000 GRT or more.


130 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
total: 12
over 3,047 m: 6
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways
total: 118
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 7
1,524 to 2,437 m: 51
914 to 1,523 m: 32
under 914 m: 26 (2012)

3 (2012)

condensate 107 km; gas 4,209 km; oil 3,558 km; refined products 263 km (2010)

total: 53,430 km
paved: 23,223 km (includes 1,384 km of expressways)
unpaved: 30,207 km (2008)

Merchant marine
total: 5
by type: chemical tanker 1, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 3
registered in other countries: 15 (Malta 5, Panama 10) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Mina' Qabus, Salalah, Suhar





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