Oman Daily Observer, 18 September 2023: Oman’s Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones has announced it has launched an Omap platform. It aims to provide a digital portal to allow comprehensive geographical data, masterplans for special economic zones, free zones and industrial cities overseen by the Authority to be accessed.
It will provide detailed information and services via interactive digital maps and tools. It has been launched as the first step in the Authority’s online land allocation service.
The platform will simplify and expedite procedures, save time and effort, ensure equitable opportunities for all investors and prevent plans overlapping. It provides access to precise spatial information through detailed interactive maps for all zones, even pinpointing land available for investment and associated economic activities.
Investors can examine the land’s elevation, regardless of whether or not they are in Oman. They can also understand the land’s surface area and decide whether the power line is near enough or the required water capacity is available. They can also decide whether that particular plot is suitable for their specific industry, hotel, or commercial activity. It will enable them to understand whether roads are planned for the future or if there is a fibre optics or a telephone network as well.
In addition, investors will be able to remotely reserve the land, whether inside or outside Oman for 20 days and finalise the land acquisition process.
Investors can also interact and learn more about the specific plot available within all zones. Its features also include location searches for investment properties and comprehensive information on nearby landmarks and facilities like hospitals, restaurants, schools, stores and hotels. Users can also obtain land details by type, usufruct rates, location coordinates, size, and nearby utilities such as electricity, telecommunications, water, and transportation networks.
Users can also measure distances between different locations and their proximity to transportation networks relevant to shipping goods. Users will be able to get informed about drone-specific locations and restricted drone flying zones too.
A service for photographing projects at the request of the investor will be provided later on.
The platform has a toolkit that helps users, offers measurement tools as well as planning, drawing and annotation features, proximity service searches, cadastral drawing capabilities or Krooki, map printing and a site selection tool for digitally recording coordinates.
Biodiversity sites, reserves, tourist attractions, camping areas and more can also be disclosed. It provides insights into weather and climate conditions through connections to climate monitoring stations in the zones. It also offers information related to soil tests in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, which is a focal point for future and Artificial Intelligence technologies.
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