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The Project

The Oman Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, the British Embassy in Oman and the Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s centre of excellence for smart cities and mobility, delivered a project covering Oman’s smart city development at national and local levels. This project, funded by the UK Science and Innovation Network in Oman, aims to foster more collaboration between Oman and the United Kingdom.

In support of the Oman Vision 2040 and working closely with HE. Dr. Ali Al Shidhani, Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, this project looked at areas of mutual interests between the two nations in the fields of smart cities, decentralisation and economic diversification.

The Report

The purpose of this report is to provide an independent view to both the Government of Oman and the UK Government of the smart city sector developments across Oman and its governorates, including areas of growth, policy recommendations, and lessons learned around the UK’s journey of decentralisation.

The report looks at the Oman Vision 2040, and the Smart Cities policies in place, as well as the move to decentralise economic development across the governorates.

The UK has recently gone through a similar process as it looks to unlock the development potential of its regions and spread socioeconomic benefits across the country while supporting the further development of its Smart City economy.

Through interviews with key stakeholders in Oman, supported by secondary research, the report looks at what opportunities there are for the continued development of the country’s Smart City sector, and what opportunities there are for the UK and Oman to deepen their strong relationships in ways that can support Oman in achieving its Vision 2040 and realising its Smart City potential.

The report concludes with clear steps that can be taken to support further success in Oman’s Smart Cities progress and also looks at areas for greater collaboration between the two countries.

 

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