Transport in Oman


32,800 km

9,840 km (including 550 km of expressways)

22,960 km (1996 est.)

Oman has one expressway grade highway running along the Batinah Coast of the Gulf of Oman. It forks near Shinas, with one leading inland to Wadi Hatta and another to Fujairah. The speed limit is generally 120 km/h. In the Muscat area, this highway is known as Sultan Qaboos Street, and it is the trunk road running through the city. Outside the Muscat area, the interchanges take the form of roundabouts spaced approximately 7 km apart. Each roundabout contains unique features to enliven the streetscape. The roundabouts are named for driver navigation.

Other roads are two lane highways in very good condition. There is ample desert scenery. The road between Diba and Al Khasab is gravel, despite what some maps may say.


Links to neighboring countries

United Arab Emirates: Oman has several good road connections at Buraimi (Al Ain), Waddi Hatta(Wajaja), Khamat Mulahah (Fujairah) and Bukha. Yemen: Route 47: Raysut to Sarfait in Oman - Yemen border. The road then goes to Hawf, Al Faydami, Al Ghaydah
Al Ghaydah
Al Ghaydah is the capital city of Al Mahrah Governorate in southeastern Yemen. It is located at around ....

. Another road is from Thumrait to Al Mazyonah in Oman - Yemen border.The road then goes to Shisan, Al Kurah, Al Ghaydah
Al Ghaydah
Al Ghaydah is the capital city of Al Mahrah Governorate in southeastern Yemen. It is located at around ....

. Saudi Arabia: Desert road through Al Mashash. However, there is a new road under construction to link the two countries.


There are no railways in Oman, but some are planned, including links to adjacent countries.


  • Joint Gulf Railway
    Gulf Railway
    Gulf Railway is a railway project proposed to connect the six Arab Gulf Co-operation Council -member states of the Persian Gulf. It is supposed to be a 1940 route-km regional network which is aimed to be operational by 2017. 200 km/h diesel trains are planned to travel across borded to boost...

     proposed to link gulf states at cost of $14b by 2014.

  • Bids are invited for construction of a rail network in three phases: The first phase would be a double-track electrified coastal route from Masqat to Suhar; the second phase would be an extension from Masqat to Daq; the third phase an extension from Suhar to Al-Ayn (in UAE).

Gulf of Oman

  • Al Wajajah
    Al Wajajah
    Al-Wajajah or just Wajajah is the busiest of the four ports of the Sultanate of Oman bordering the United Arab Emirates . Al-Wajajah is located in the Al-Batinah administrative division of Oman...

  • Port Sultan Qaboos
    Port Sultan Qaboos
    Port Sultan Qaboos is the largest port in Muscat, Oman.This port is operated and managed by Port Services Corporation S.A.O.G....

    , Muttrah
  • Mina al Fahal
    Mina al Fahal
    Mina al Fahal is a coastal area in the northeast of Oman, near to the country's capital, Muscat. It was renamed from Saih al Maleh as the petroleum processing plant was developed. It is a key area for the country's petroleum operations. Petroleum Development Oman is based at Mina al Fahal, and...

  • Port of Sohar
    Port of Sohar
    Port of Sohar, also known as Sohar Industrial Port, is situated in the Al Batinah Region of Oman. It is a joint venture between the Omani government and the Port of Rotterdam. The port is operated by Sohar Industrial Port Company ....

Merchant marine

3 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 16,306 GRT/

ships by type:
cargo 1, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 1 (1999 est.)

Airports - with unpaved runways


over 3,047 m:

2,438 to 3,047 m:

1,524 to 2,437 m:

914 to 1,523 m:

under 914 m:
35 (1999 est.)

See also

  • Oman
    Oman , officially called the Sultanate of Oman , is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the...

  • List of airports in Oman
  • Salalah Airport
    Salalah Airport
    Salalah Airport is the Sultanate of Oman's second gateway. It is located on the Salalah coastal plain, 5.5 kilometers northeast of Salalah's city centre. It is currently mostly used as a domestic airport, but during the Khareef season Salalah airport receives numerous charter flights from...

  • Oman Air
    Oman Air
    Oman Air is the national airline of Oman. Based on the grounds of Muscat International Airport in Muscat, it operates scheduled domestic and international passenger services, as well as regional air taxi and charter flights. Its main base is Muscat International Airport. Oman Air is a member of...

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