At 10:30 on Wednesday 24 September 2014 a presentation will be made in the foreign ministry’s International Conference Room of the Duqm Special Economic Zone (Sezad Duqm), which covers an area of 1,777 square kilometres and 80 km of coastline along the Arabian Sea, halfway between Mascate and Salala. According to the project’s promoters, this will qualify as the Middle East’s largest special economic zone, and currently includes 32 projects in various stages of development, with investments estimated at approximately 9 billion euro. Among these a new seaport (already partially operational), a dry dock, a railway line and an airport, residential housing, tourism and industrial areas, a waste water treatment system and a desalination plant. Future projects include the construction of a 230-barrel-capacity refinery, a petrochemical hub and a gas pipeline. The publication of calls for tender for the infrastructure projects’ various phases of development is handled directly by the Authority for the Dugm Special Economic Zone (http://www.duqm.gov.om).