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Construction in Oman – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2022

Construction in Oman – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2022


Oman’s construction industry suffered a sharp downturn in 2017, in part due to public expenditure cuts that stemmed from a decline in the country’s oil production. Consequently, construction output contracted by 6.1% in 2017, following an average annual growth of 9.8% during the preceding three years.

Although the collapse of oil prices in 2014 affected the oil-dependent economy, the government’s effort to diversify the economy through investments in non-oil sectors supported the industry’s overall growth in 2015–2016. Additionally, the implementation of the Eighth Five-Year Development Plan 2011–2015 supported the industry’s expansion, under which the government invested OMR12.0 billion (US$31.2 billion) to develop the country’s residential, transport, industrial and healthcare infrastructure.

The industry is expected to recover in 2018, supported by a gradual recovery in global oil prices. This growth is expected to continue throughout the forecast period (2018–2022), bolstered by the ongoing Ninth Five-Year Development Plan 2016–2020, under which the government is investing OMR66.0 billion (US$171.7 billion) until 2020 to develop overall infrastructure.

The industry’s output value in real terms recorded a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.57% during the review period, and is expected to post a forecast-period CAGR of 7.92%.


Timetric’s Construction in Oman – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2022 report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights into the Omani construction industry, including:

  • The Omani construction industry's growth prospects by market, project type and construction activity
  • Critical insight into the impact of industry trends and issues, as well as an analysis of key risks and opportunities in the Omani construction industry
  • Analysis of the mega-project pipeline, focusing on development stages and participants, in addition to listings of major projects in the pipeline.

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in Oman. It provides:
  • Historical (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2022) valuations of the construction industry in Oman, featuring details of key growth drivers.
  • Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, energy and utilities, institutional and residential) and by sub-sector
  • Analysis of the mega-project pipeline, including breakdowns by development stage across all sectors, and projected spending on projects in the existing pipeline.
  • Listings of major projects, in addition to details of leading contractors and consultants
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  • Identify and evaluate market opportunities using Timetric's standardized valuation and forecasting methodologies.
  • Assess market growth potential at a micro-level with over 600 time-series data forecasts.
  • Understand the latest industry and market trends.
  • Formulate and validate strategy using Timetric's critical and actionable insight.
  • Assess business risks, including cost, regulatory and competitive pressures.
  • Evaluate competitive risk and success factors.
Key Highlights
  • The country’s residential construction market is expected to offer a positive outlook for the industry over the forecast period, as a result of population growth and subsequent need for new housing. According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the total number of land plots granted for residential building construction rose by 2.9% from 26,535 in 2016 to 27,300 in 2017.
  • Timetric expects energy and utilities construction market to register a forecast-period CAGR of 6.53% in nominal terms, driven by government efforts to increase renewable energy share in the country’s total energy mix. In September 2017, the Financial Affairs and Energy Resources Council approved a plan to generate 10.0% of the country’s total energy from renewable sources by 2025.
  • In order to provide fast and reliable internet connectivity to residential and business communities in Muscat, in November 2017 the government-owned Oman Broadband Company approved the Oman Broadband Infrastructure Project. Under this, the government announced plans to invest OMR179.6 million (US$467.0 million) to develop fiber optic broadband cable.
  • The need to address the growing demand for increased water supply in the country is expected to support the expansion of the water infrastructure category over the forecast period. According to the projections of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), demand for water resources in the country is expected to increase by over 9.5% until 2019.
  • The total construction project pipeline in Oman as tracked by the Construction Intelligence Center (CIC), including all mega-projects with values above US$25 million, stands at OMR66.0 billion (US$171.7 billion). The pipeline, which includes all projects from the pre-planning to execution stages, has a healthy balance, with 56.3% of the total value in pre-execution and execution as of February 2018.

  • Executive Summary
  • Construction Outlook: At-a-glance
  • Latest News and Indicators
  • Key Drivers and Risks
    • Economic Performance
      • Table Oman, Key Economic Indicators
    • Political Environment
    • Demographics
  • Construction Outlook
    • All Construction
      • Outlook
      • Project analytics
        • Table Oman, Construction Output Value (nominal, OMR Million)
        • Table Oman, Construction Output Value (nominal, US$ Million)
    • Commercial Construction
      • Outlook
      • Project analytics
        • Table Oman, Top Commercial Construction Projects by Value
    • Industrial Construction
      • Outlook
      • Project analytics
        • Table Oman, Top Industrial Construction Projects by Value
    • Infrastructure Construction
      • Outlook
      • Project analytics
        • Table Oman, Top Infrastructure Construction Projects by Value
    • Energy and Utilities Construction
      • Outlook
      • Project analytics
        • Table Oman, Top Energy and Utilities Construction Projects by Value
    • Institutional Construction
      • Outlook
      • Project analytics
        • Table Oman, Top Institutional Construction Projects by Value
    • Residential Construction
      • Outlook
      • Project analytics
        • Table Oman, Top Residential and Mixed-Use Construction Projects by Value
  • Key Industry Participants
    • Contractors
      • Table Oman, Key Contractors
    • Consultants
      • Table Oman, Key Consultants
  • Appendix
    • What is this Report About?
    • Definitions
      • Table Timetric Construction Market Definitions
      • Table Construction Risk Index Ratings and Scores
    • About Timetric
    • About CIC
    • Disclaimer

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