Duqm is a port town on the Arabian Sea, in central-eastern Oman. Duqm was a small fishing settlement of the Janubah tribe on the coast of southern Oman where a party of soldiers of the Muscat and Oman Field Force and geologists of Petroleum Development Oman was landed in February 1954 to begin the modern oil exploration of central Oman. Today it is an industrial oil town with a notable port, and the town has been looking to increase tourism in the area with the Oman Tourism Development Company.
The port has undergone development and a shipbuilding facility to facilitate the port was built. In March 2005, Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications awarded the Parsons Corporation a contract to study and design a new Al Duqm Airport in hopes of increasing tourism. In 2008, Intercontinental Hotels announced they were to build a 228 room hotel in Duqm.