At a time when the world has been hit by the recession, we see positive spurts of activity in Oman, which previously followed a more conservative approach to spending. However, between January and July 2009, the Omani government released 243 tenders, a substantial number of which are broadcast projects.
Industry sources say the country has released a lot of money into the public domain to ensure that the local economy does not suffer.
In the last few months, tenders have been floated for the renovation of the state broadcaster’s radio studios; the construction of radio transmission stations at various locations in the country; a turnkey project that includes the supply, deliver, installation and commissioning of radio automation and a digital media archive system for the Radio Sultanate of Oman as well as the biggest one of all; the technical fit-out for a new HD TV studio complex in Muscat along with the refurbishment of Salalah TV Centre.
More recently, another tender was also released for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of HD camcorders, video players, lighting, audio as well as NLE systems for Oman TV.
As Oman will be hosting the Asian Beach Games in 2010, it is believed that some of this infrastructure might be ready to help with the coverage of the event.
The new HD TV studio complex has especially attracted a lot of international attention as the deal runs into several millions of dollars and will possibly include about 14 new studios.
While there are two big multinationals in the run for the project, Oman has also been very careful to ensure that the local economy benefits. As a result, two local players are also said to be strong contenders for the project.
Although neither Oman TV nor potential candidates for the contract were willing to comment, DPME.com believes that there are four strong contenders for the project. The contract is expected to be awarded at the end of Ramadan.