Plan To Transform Old Seeb Airport Into Aviation Museum


Embark on a nostalgic journey as you delve into the memories of citizens and long-time residents at the historic Seeb International Airport. While the new Muscat International Airport has taken over, the old airport has played various roles, including serving as a field hospital during the pandemic.

Exciting news was announced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday, revealing plans to transform the old airport into an Aviation Museum. This ambitious project aims to showcase the Sultanate's aviation development over the past nine decades, providing visitors with a captivating glimpse into Oman's rich aviation heritage.

During a programme on Oman TV, Engineer Nayef bin Ali Al Abri, President of the Civil Aviation Authority, expressed the vision behind the project. He stated, "Our primary goal is to establish an aviation museum that preserves the legacy and history of Oman's aviation sector, which spans 94 years. However, we also envision creating a vibrant destination where people of all ages can engage in recreational activities."

Al Abri emphasized the importance of repurposing the airport, highlighting that preserving a portion of it for parking vintage planes will enhance the authenticity of the aviation museum experience. He added, "The museum will not only showcase classic aircraft but also feature cutting-edge aviation technology and airspace science projects. With state-of-the-art multimedia displays and a captivating collection of artifacts, the museum will bring Oman's illustrious aviation history to life, celebrating the milestones that have shaped Oman Air into the globally recognized brand it is today."

Nearly a century in the skies

The history of Oman's aviation industry spans almost a century, characterized by groundbreaking accomplishments and important milestones that have influenced the country's aviation sector. 

In 1929, the first commercial aircraft landed in Oman, leaving a lasting mark in history as it touched down on a makeshift airstrip in the Bait Al Falaj area. This significant event marked the beginning of aviation in the Sultanate, initially focusing on military and occasional civilian flights.

On December 23, 1973, a new era began with the opening of Seeb International Airport, serving as the main gateway to Oman's skies. Known for its strategic location and modern amenities, Seeb International Airport played a crucial role in enhancing Oman's connectivity with the global aviation community.

In a symbolic move reflecting the country's progress and ambitions, Seeb International Airport was renamed Muscat International Airport on February 1, 2008. This renaming ceremony not only reaffirmed the capital's position as a key aviation hub but also highlighted Oman's dedication to embracing modernity while preserving its cultural heritage.

March 20, 2018, marked a significant milestone as Oman unveiled its state-of-the-art new airport, signaling a shift in the country's aviation landscape. With top-notch infrastructure and advanced facilities, the new Muscat International Airport embodies Oman's commitment to excellence and innovation in aviation.

As Oman continues to reach new heights, the transformation of the former Seeb International Airport into an Aviation Museum serves as a tribute to the country's enduring legacy in aviation. This visionary project not only honors Oman's aviation pioneers but also offers visitors a chance to explore the evolution of aviation in the Sultanate through an engaging journey through time.


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