In the light of the rapid changes the world is witnessing, and the need to create a long-term vision, HM Sultan Qaboos Bin Said envisioned the need to create an insightful vision that foresees the future and strive for more progress and development, lined with an ambitious work system that all society segments participate in formulating and executing. Therefore, The Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said stipulate that the future vision “Oman 2040” will be thoroughly developed and precisely formulated in the light of wide community consensus and participation of the different social groups, so that the vision is fully integrated into the economic and social realities and objectively orientated towards the future foresight, as a key guide and reference for planning in the next two decades.

The vision is where we want Oman to be in 2040 and the principles that help us reach there. It’s the big picture that embraces the united national efforts to achieve the goal, and encourages individuals to work hard for it. Strategy, however, is the path we should cross in order to achieve the vision, as it determines the needful steps and stages, based on a number of available options. The strategy also works as solution finder for the obstacles and challenges that face the vision. Oman 2040 stands strong by the Sultanate’s strength points, aiming to invest these strengths sustainably and smoothly to provide welfare to the current and coming generations. Formulating Oman 2040 depends on a thoughtful reading to the current situation and keeping up-to-date with the regional and international trends, in order to prepare and launch the vision as a main reference charter to all of the development strategies for the coming 2 decades.

Oman 2040 targets 3 pillars around which it revolves, in order to formulate a comprehensive vision for the coming 2 decades. The first pillar is “people and society” which believes that humans are the center of all development processes and operations, and the importance of having a vital and healthy community that consists of people who are proud of their heritage and identity. The second pillar is “economy and development” that embarks from the total faith in the need of having a flourishing and diverse Oman economy. The private sector plays an essential role in enabling the economy unleash its full potential, generate job opportunities, and divide the development capabilities around all of the Sultanate’s governorates. The last pillar, “governance and institutional performance” aims to accomplish the governance and rule of law objectives, in order to enhance the use of available resources and the quality of provided services. All of the three pillars has subjects that focus on a certain development area, 8 in total.

The vision is created by specialized committees of national competencies, researchers and experts in the strategic planning, economy, governance, and development areas. The assigned committees started the work of collecting data, diagnosing the current situation, conducting comparisons of reference, and identifying the major issues to be solved. The following stage was future fore sighting, by organizing the future foresight forum on 6-7 December 2017, then studying the best directions for the Sultanate in a number of sectors, and creating future scenario cases. After preparing the vision’s pillars and subjects primary reports, involving the public in formulating the primary charter in 2018, and then conducting the national conference in the last quarter of 2018, the final draft of the charter will be announced in the first quarter of 2019. The following infographic shows the stages of formulating Oman vision 2040.

The participatory approach of the future vision “Oman 2040” project is based on the participation of all the related sectors in the Sultanate, represented by the public, the private and public sectors, SMEs, the civil sector, academics, and decision makers. As for the main and sectoral committees, they consist of representatives from the public, private and civil sectors. Also, the participatory approach can be seen through the communication initiatives and virtual labs that took place in February 2018.

Oman 2040 Office is founded by the main committee spearheaded by HH Sayyed Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said, which is the responsible unit for formulating the vision with the support of the sectoral and quality committees and their teams.

There are 3 committees responsible for the vision pillars which are: people and society spearheaded by Dr. Said Bin Hamad Said Al Rubaie, economy and development committee spearheaded by H.E Abdullah Bin Salim Bin Abduallh Al Salmi, and the governance and institutional committee, spearheaded by H.E Sayyed Salim Bin Musalam Bin Ali Al Busaidi. The three sectoral committees tasks are:

Preparations will roll in 2018 for the national conference with an international participation to announce the features of Oman 2040. The conference aims to accomplish a number of objectives such as winning the support for Oman 2040 locally and internationally, increasing the public participation in formulating the vision, getting exposed to the international experiences in this regard, and marketing Oman as an international logistic center for tourism and investment. Based on the outputs of the national conference, the final draft of the charter will be formulated, supplying it with a summary to adjust the policies and techniques. It is agreed that the final draft of the charter to be announced in the first quarter of 2019.