Water Top Sector well represented in Oman

On 11 January 2012 Dutch entrepreneurs presented water-related projects in the Port of Sohar in Oman. The projects, which will enjoy the benefits of a highly favourable tax regime, are the result of the 2g@here programme for water projects in the Gulf region that was implemented by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

Fine Examples of the Water Top Sector

Dacom can control water management in Sohar from its headquarters in Emmen in the Netherlands. CMTS-VSI Group is involved in a tender for the development of a plant for the treatment of hazardous waste, a key part of which will involve water treatment. The ‘Dutch Dialogue approach’ of the Deltares research institute for water, soil and subsurface is developing a comprehensive approach to address water issues in Oman.

Minister Verhagen of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation said: ‘The projects are fine examples of what the Water Top Sector can achieve. SMBs could use more assistance at the top level to help them get even better results, and during this economic mission I will do my best to provide them with that support.’

Students from Enschede and Utrecht presented the results of projects on which they had cooperated with students from Oman. The projects addressed solutions for supplying water to diverse sites such as densely-populated urban areas, deserts and green regions. Internationalisation is a key component of water education programmes

The Port of Sohar

The industrial port in Sohar is the most important economic development project in Oman, and attracts many renowned foreign investors. Sohar is a prime example of the successful diversification of the economy and is a joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Omani government.

Sohar offers opportunities for Dutch businesses involved in raw materials and semi-manufactured goods, and which are looking excellent logistical facilities and a port that offers easy access to the Gulf and Indian subcontinent.