Oman has invited two separate bids for the project management and design work for its 500km long railway project, tender board officials said on Sunday.
"The national railway project invites international companies to bid for project management and design works," a tender board official told Reuters.
The railway system will connect all the ports, airports and free zones in the country and expected to generate a revenue of about $250 million in its first year operation, a finance ministry official said.
The project is expected to be completed in 2017 and the government is seeking to award the construction of the projects in three phases.
"We will invite three separate construction tenders next year. The plan is to award the tenders in 2012 and all three construction phases scheduled to complete in 2017," the finance ministry official said.
The project will build a slow passenger and freight services as well as an express passenger railway lines.
The trains in Oman will be part of the GCC's $20 billion 1,900 kilometer long network.
Every GCC state member will build their own railway lines for the common regional link. (Reuters)