Oman is setting up plans to develop the sultanate’s first smart city in Duqm at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). A memorandum of understanding to build the new city with the help of Korean experts was signed by the two countries in Muscat.
The agreement was signed during the Oman-Korea Business Forum, which was attended by high government officials from Korea led by Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon, while Oman was represented by Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Dr Mohammed bin Hamed al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas.
The agreement states that the Korean side will undertake a comprehensive study to explore how smart city principles can be adopted in Duqm.
Saleh bin Hamoud al Hasani, director general of investor’s services at the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm, stated that this agreement marks the first step in an ambitious effort to apply the smart city concept to Duqm.