Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications has opened a big stretch of the Ibri-Yanqul dual carriageway, amid its national strategy to improve the condition of the country's roads.

The ministry inaugurated 17km of the asphalt dual carriageway connecting the country's northern city of Ibri to the district of Yanqul in the Governorate of A'Dhahirah this week.

Part of the dual carriageway was opened from the Khadal area in Ibri, to the Al ouqdah area of Yanqul, according to the state-run Oman News Agency.

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To date, nearly two thirds (64%) of the Ibri-Yangul dual carriageway has been completed. The total length of the motorway will be 34km when it is finished. Of this, 22km has been completed and opened for public use so far.

Oman's opening of 17km of highway is the second phase of the country's Ibri-Yanqul road project, following part of the dual carriageway opening for traffic from the Qarn Kabsh roundabout in the Wilayat of Ibri to the Al Aaridh township, according to the Oman Daily Observer.

Road improvement is a major aspect of Oman's national infrastructure strategy. The government wants to improve the conditions of its roads to boost tourism and trade in the country. This is part of much broader efforts to diversify its economy, which includes increasing manufacturing capability, following the opening of the $13m Gulf Starch Plant and an announcement to build a $100m soya factory by 2019.