Starting 2024, e-taxi To Hit The Muscat Streets

Electrifying transportation in Muscat: Otaxi's pioneering move.

by Deeplata Garde
Starting 2024, e-taxi To Hit The Muscat Streets

In a groundbreaking move towards sustainable transport, Otaxi, led by CEO Harith al Maqbali, is set to trial an electric taxi service in Muscat governorate during the second quarter of 2024. This initiative aligns with Oman’s ambitious goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, marking a significant step in revolutionizing the country’s transport sector.

Driving Towards A Greener Future

Maqbali highlights the pivotal role of electric cars in supporting the Omani government’s emission reduction targets. The venture begins in Muscat and is poised to extend to other governorates, promising a gradual transformation of the entire taxi fleet. With 60% of emissions from the transport sector originating from light vehicles, this move addresses a significant aspect of environmental impact.

Oman’s Roadmap To Net Zero

The Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology (MTCIT) outlined Oman’s commitment to phasing out fuel-operated vehicles by 2035, with an ambitious plan for 79% of the country’s vehicles to be electric by that time. Estimates project at least 22,000 new electric vehicles on Oman’s roads by 2040, culminating in the complete elimination of fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2050.

Incentivising Electric Transition

To catalyse widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption, the Omani government contemplates incentivising EV purchases, making them financially accessible to the general populace. In pursuit of this goal, MTCIT is encouraging the manufacturing of EVs in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. Simultaneously, the government has overseen the installation of nearly 100 charging points across the country, with plans to escalate this number to 300 within the next two years.

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Empowering The Electric Shift

H.E. Khamis bin Mohammed al Shamakhi, Undersecretary for Transport in MTCIT, disclosed that the current number of EVs in Oman has surpassed 400, marking a substantial increase. Furthermore, efforts to streamline procedures for car dealers to import directly from manufacturers underscore the commitment to facilitating the electric shift. In a bold move, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Investment Promotion mandated that all fuel stations integrate charging points for EVs within six months, fostering a conducive environment for electric vehicle users.


As Otaxi ventures into the realm of electric taxis in Muscat, it heralds a pivotal moment in Oman’s pursuit of sustainable transportation. The concerted efforts of the government, coupled with strategic incentives and infrastructural developments, signify a resolute commitment to a greener, emission-free future on the Sultanate’s roads. This trial run not only symbolizes progress but also sets the wheels in motion for a comprehensive transformation of the nation’s vehicular landscape.

Cover Image Courtesy: Insta/ Otaxi

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