BURJ AL SAHWA SET TO BE­COME A TRANS­PORT HUB

Com­mute be­tween the cap­i­tal and the rest of the coun­try to be eased soon

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MUS­CAT: A ma­jor trans­porta­tion hub that will pro­vide eas­ier and faster trans­porta­tion links be­tween Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the rest of the coun­try is go­ing to be set up, mak­ing the com­mute be­tween the cap­i­tal and the

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The Burj Al Sahwa bus sta­tion and taxi stand, which is just a 15-minute drive from the air­port, is be­ing given a com­plete over­haul, as the govern­ment moves to pro­vide bet­ter trans­port con­nec­tions to peo­ple trav­el­ling both in Mus­cat and to other cities in the Sul­tanate.

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As part of this over­haul, Omani na­tion­als as well as for­eign­ers who travel to Mus­cat from other parts of the coun­try will be able to rest in air-con­di­tioned fa­cil­i­ties when they ar­rive in the cap­i­tal, en­joy­ing a host of fa­cil­i­ties be­fore they move to their al­lo­cated taxi stand, or to a sep­a­rate zone des­ig­nated for intra-city buses, to con­tinue their jour­ney.

These efforts to con­vert the Burj Al Sahwa sta­tion are be­ing spear­headed by Asyad, also known as Oman Global Lo­gis­tics Group, which has put out ten­ders for com­pa­nies that wish to bid for the con­struc­tion of this new trans­port hub.

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Chair­man/Ed­i­tor-in-Chief: Mo­hamed Issa Al Zad­jali

Work on the sta­tion is ex­pected to be­gin by mid-2020.

“The sta­tion will in­clude pro­vid­ing ser­vices for land-based pub­lic trans­port com­pa­nies, taxi driv­ers, and dif­fer­ent ser­vices for cit­i­zens and res­i­dents,” an Asyad spokesper­son said. “It will also con­trib­ute to low­er­ing the amount of traf­fic and make it eas­ier to en­ter and exit the area.”

He added: “The sta­tion will in­clude dif­fer­ent parking spots for in­ter and intra-city buses, spe­cial lanes for taxis, a fully op­er­a­tional, air-con­di­tioned sta­tion for bus ser­vices, of­fices for pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors, as well as car-rent

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Printed & Pub­lished by Mus­cat Me­dia Group al of­fices and ticket of­fices and in­for­ma­tion desks.”

Span­ning a to­tal area of 42,000 square me­tres, the new hub will fea­ture fa­cil­i­ties that set it apart from other trans­port fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try, and will be the gold stan­dard for such sta­tions in the Sul­tanate. Cus­tomers will also be able to pay for their tick­ets elec­tron­i­cally, should they wish to.

“The 42,000 square me­tre project will be de­signed ac­cord­ing to global stan­dards in part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor,” the Asyad spokesper­son added. “The sta­tion will be an im­por­tant sup­porter of the pub­lic trans­port sec­tor in Oman be­cause it 85 elected mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing all the Wi­lay­ats of the Sul­tanate. The mem­bers of the Coun­cil are elected for a four year ten­ure.

The num­ber of the mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing a Wi­layat de­pends on the den­sity of pop­u­la­tion of each Wi­layat.

A Wi­layat whose pop­u­la­tion is less than 30,000 on the date of the open­ing of the can­di­dacy of the Shura Coun­cil hope­ful is one while Wi­lay­ats whose pop­u­la­tion ex­ceeds that is rep­re­sented by two mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to the election reg­u­la­tions of the Shura Coun­cil.

Shabin E. / Times of Oman

is a con­nec­tion point be­tween Mus­cat and other gov­er­norates, as well as a place for pas­sen­gers pass­ing through to other gov­er­norates af­ter trav­el­ling through Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port.”

“Cus­tomers will have ac­cess to ar­eas to buy tick­ets elec­tron­i­cally, which makes it easy for them to pre-book their tick­ets,” said the Asyad spokesper­son. “There will also be tourist fa­cil­i­ties and re­tail sto­ries and other ser­vices for peo­ple pass­ing through the sta­tion, where they will also be able to park their ve­hi­cles if they are driv­ing for part of the jour­ney and then tak­ing pub­lic trans­port.”

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