In this regard, Dr Ismail bin Ahmed al Balushi, Acting Chief Executive Officer of SEZAD, said that the Port of Duqm, Dry Dock, Duqm Airport, tourism projects and main roads were not affected by the heavy rain and winds.
He confirmed that the dams built by SEZAD held large quantity of water, which has been afterward absorbed by the drainage channels and smoothly drained into the sea. “Therefore, all other infrastructure projects at the Special Economic Zone were protected by these dams.”
Upon his site visits, Dr Balushi said that the port, dry dock and other projects resumed work on Wednesday morning.
He added that the awareness campaign and efforts made by the Emergency Response Team, the Wali of Duqm and other government bodies since the initial announcement of this tropical storm helped to save lives of residents and workers in Duqm as sites were evacuated in advance.
Regarding the road leading to the Chinese Industrial City and Karwa project, which was affected by the heavy rains, Dr Balushi said that the road referred to is a secondary one.
“However, the contractor and consultant were directed today [Wednesday] to accelerate reconstructing the road, while all other roads in the Zone were not affected at all.”