Where can you invest and what are the investment opportunities?
There are many investment locations in Oman that vary in location, size, and characteristics as the investor may be able to determine the area in which he wishes to invest as required by the market, whether in free zones or economic zones.
These areas were established according to international standards to target and develop the market, and achieve the wishes of the beneficiaries to be an integrated city that includes a number of projects and giant industries.
As an investor targeting the Iranian market, Republic of India, and Northern markets, Sohar Free Zone shall be the optimal option to ensure you connect with the most important ports around the world and the arrival of your shipment in just two weeks.
- Location: Located in the north of Oman and overlooking the Sea of Oman and south of the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-fifth of global oil production, i.e. 17.4 million barrels, passes per day as it is also located between the province of Muscat and the United Arab Emirates. This has enabled direct access to the GCC States, particularly the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of India.
- Investment opportunities: metals and steel, foodstuffs, logistics services and petrochemicals.
Would you like to invest near the second largest container seaport in the Middle East for facilitating the movement of your goods and direct access to the exporters of raw materials? You should choose Salalah Free Zone
- Location: Located on the southern coast of Oman and overlooking the Indian Ocean and the East-West trade corridor, it is an ideal transit point for the Asian, European and African markets. Investment Opportunities: Chemical Industries, Material Processing, Manufacturing and Assembly, Logistics Services and Distribution, Agriculture, Mining and Liquid Storage.
If you are investing in small processing industries and targeting the promising Yemeni market, Mazyouna Free Zone will provide you with a successful investment environment, according to a number of investors in the region.
- Location: Mazyouna Free Zone is located in the southwestern part of the Sultanate of Oman, 4 km from the Yemeni border. This strategic location gives investors the option to enter the promising Yemeni market while at the same time taking advantage of the legislation and incentives offered in the free zone.
- Investment opportunities: manufacturing, storage and shipping products, and automotive trade and industrial vehicles.
Are you looking for a world-class integrated city equipped with logistics services and infrastructure?
Khazaen is precisely what you’re looking for.
- Location: Located in South Al Batinah Governorate, 60 km north of Muscat, i.e. it is located in a central area between Muscat and Sohar and on the controlled railway track. It is one of the largest warehouses and light industry complexes in Oman as it is provided with logistics services, industrial, commercial, residential and service infrastructure in addition to its distinctive land port connecting highly populated provinces.
- Investment Opportunities: It includes a service, commercial industries and urban development center.
Are you looking forward to investing in an economic zone that will bring attention to your investments? Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority shall be your destination because it is the largest project of its kind designated for investment in the Middle East and North Africa.
Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority
- Location: Duqm enjoys a unique location in the middle of the region and provides access to Asian and European markets and close to the natural resources in the Sultanate. The wise government has paid attention to this region to be the most prominent destination for investors from around the world.
- Investment opportunities: oil and gas, mineral processing, fishing and aquaculture and logistics.
Investment in Omani Ports
With the port of Salalah in the south, the port of Sohar on the north coast, the port of Duqm between both of them, and the Port of Sultan Qaboos, which attracts cruise ships; multiple access points link the GCC States to global trade routes are formed. With the Sultanate’s strategic location overlooking open seas and close to global shipping lines, the government focuses on making Oman’s main ports as pivotal export centers in the region.
It is the pivotal center for the distribution and transport of containers in the transit area between East and West. And it is a global and regional center in the sector of transshipment ranked first in the Indian Ocean, as the area of the port is (10,71) square kilometers and contains twenty-one berths ranging in depths between three and eighteen meters with a total length of four thousand four hundred and thirty meters. The port can accommodate the largest container ships in the world and the operational capacity of the port enables it to handle more than 5 million TEU’s containers per year
The main gateway to the region, which is credible to lead the Sultanate towards globalization, located in Sohar in North Al Batinah Governorate. The area of the port is 45 square kilometers as the number of berths is 21 berths, ranging in depths between 16 and 25 meters with a total length of 6270m. In 2018, the volume of goods handled per week reached 1.2 million tons with an increase of 14% in volume of goods compared to 2017.Oman is working to intensify efforts to develop the port area and performance.
The distinguished geographical location close to the international shipping lines, African and Asian markets and the advanced infrastructure contributed, all, to the port of Duqm to be of great importance to support the Omani economy and contribute to the diversification of income sources by attracting huge global investments. As the total length of the breakwater is about 8.7 km while the depth of the port’s basin is 18 meters and the entry channel is 19 meters, which enables it to receive and handle giant container ships.
- On July 12, 2019, the port received the first container ship of the international “CMI” Group, the third largest container transport company in the world, although it is still in early operation stage.
- The port witnessed the export of the first shipment of limestone to India amounted to 55 thousand tons.
- Dry Dock: The dry dock at the port maintains and repairs vessels of various sizes including oil and gas vessels.
SULTAN QABOOS Port
It is the first port in the Sultanate since 1974 and the first commercial port for import and export services. In 2011, the port was transformed into a tourist port under the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and thus commercial activities were transferred to the Port of Sohar. It contains five commercial berths (total length = 1000 m). The port was also selected as Cruise Insight’s best cruise destination
located in the Governorate of Musandam. It is known for its strategic location near the Hormuz strait in far north of Oman. The port caught much attention from the government to facilitate trade and revive the local economy. It is extended on 159 hectares, has a commercial dock along 300 m and a fixed dock for shipping boats along 100; as well as, 8 jetties. It is planned for the port to have a specialized marine station and an additional commercial marina. Investors who are willing to transship their consignments through this strategic port will utilize the port land. The port is concerned with exports and imports of general goods, dry commodities, livestock and cruises
It is one of the significant ports for fishing, livestock trade and agriculture products, which is reviving trade activity between the wilayats of North Batinah Governorate. The port exports weekly to Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar. However, it imports livestock, cars, heavy and light equipment, general products from Iran, Pakistan, Ghana, Djibouti and Comoros. The dock length that can be developed in the port is almost 260 m
Port of Asuwaiq
The Suwaiq port is utilized currently to accommodate some remaining activities at the Sultan Qaboos Port; such as, livestock, fruits and vegetables, general products and bulk. We call upon traders to utilize this port for export and import activities with nearby countries; especially the port is close to Khazaen Economic City. The trade activities at the port are expected to prosper. The port has two docks: the first one is 100 m long; while the other one (under construction) is 167 m long