MUSCAT – The Economic City of Khazaen Co. (KEC) – the master developer of the first integrated economic city in the north of Oman- has appointed two senior Omani cadres with decades of experience in executive positions to lead the ambitious national project.
Engineer Salim Al-Dhahli is appointed as General Manager for Projects and Engineering. Al-Dhahli has over 25 years of experience in project management, engineering contracts, infrastructure development and tourism projects. He has worked in a number of institutions including the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran). He is also a graduate of the Oman’s National CEO Program, and holds training certificates in leadership from the London Business School, the Japanese Haida Center and Singapore’s Youyoing University.
Through his new post, Al-Dhahli will look after the development of the master plan for Khazaen Economic City, the detailed designs of the first phase of the project, and supervise the implementation of projects.
KEC has also appointed the Faisal Al-Balushi as the General Manager for Commercial Affairs. Al-Balushi has more than 11 years of experience in the oil and gas, ports and free zones sectors. He started his career with the Ministry of Oil and Gas and served as Commercial Director of Sohar Port and Free Zone.
Al-Balushi holds an MBA from University of Strathclyde as well as training certificates in several areas including project management, international business law, strategic management, and comprehensive port and economic planning.
As part of his roles and responsibilities, Al-Balushi will develop the commercial and marketing strategy to attract local and foreign projects and investments to the new economic city. He will also work on developing and promoting the commercial operations in KEC to create highly attractive investment opportunities for local and international investors.
“Al-Dhahli and Al-Balushi are an important addition to the management team of the company. This national project will benefit from their years of extensive experience in similar projects, especially in developing and managing infrastructure and investments”, Eng. Kalat G. Al-Bulooshi, Chairman of KEC, said.
As one of the most promising projects in Oman, and the second economic city in the country, Al-Bulooshi added that steps are being taken to attract and recruit more national talents to fulfil the future needs of Khazaen, and to shape up an attractive business and investments’ destination for local and foreign investments alike.
KEC is leading public-private partnership initiative in Oman. In March 2018, Khazaen Economic City Company was granted the government’s provision as a master developer of the integrated city, located 60km north of Muscat.
Khazaen is strategically located in Barka, between Muscat and Sohar, with an area of 51 square kilometres in its first stage. The city includes a dry port to develop the logistics operations in Oman. KEC is expected to be the northern logistics hub connecting various developmental and economic projects in the Sultanate. In addition, it will have dedicated areas for commercial, industrial, residential uses, with health and educational facilities serving the residents of the region and beneficiaries of the services provided to the surrounding community.