A significant part of a development program to further stimulate economic growth, the new Muscat International Airport will serve as the primary gateway to the thriving Sultanate of Oman. This program includes a state-of-the-art cargo center for Oman Air. We provided upfront design services for this complex facility, from programming and planning through development of the tender documents for design-build contractor procurement. We worked closely with project stakeholders to conceptualize an efficient facility capable of handling increased traffic that holds high safety standards, advances employee productivity, and permits flexibility for future expansion.
With an initial annual capacity of 260,000 metric tons, the 38,000-square-meter cargo facility will provide loading and unloading functions, export and import handling activities, air-to-sea and air-to-road services, and screening and customs inspection procedures. The facility will also accommodate the airline’s ground handling cargo services to other airlines and small-to-medium sized freight forwarders.
The new complex will be capable of build-up, break-down, transfer, staging, storage, and tracking of all inbound and outbound cargo in the form of pallets, unit load devices, in-house pallets, and bulk cargo. Our design accommodates frozen and chilled storage, secure and dangerous goods storage, bonded storage and quarantine facilities, as well as a live animal center.
Following the completion of design development, we are monitoring the design-build contractor’s performance on behalf of Oman Air and the Oman Ministry of Transportation and providing full-time onsite representation during the construction phase. When complete, the facility will effectively process a wide range of cargo and support the airport as an international center for distribution.