SOHAR Port and Freezone is a deep-sea port and adjacent free zone in the Middle East, situated in the Sultanate of Oman, around 200 kilometres northwest of its capital Muscat. With current investments exceeding $15 billion, it is one of the world's largest port and free zone developments. It lies at the centre of global trade routes between Europe and Asia making it an ideal location for business. SOHAR provides unequalled access to booming Gulf economies while avoiding the additional costs of passing through the Strait of Hormuz. The existing road network and the future rail system and airport provide direct connectivity to the UAE, and the biggest consumer market in the region Saudi Arabia, as well as to the rest of the world. Equipped with deep-water jetties capable of handling the world?s largest ships, SOHAR has leading global partners that operate its container, dry bulk, liquid and gas terminals including Hutchison Whampoa, C. Steinweg, Oiltanking Odfjell and Svitzer. SOHAR is currently home to logistics, petrochemicals and metal clusters that feed downstream industries with iron and steel, plastics and rubber, ceramics and chemicals. The abundance of low-cost energy, raw materials and world-class logistics support, coupled with SOHAR?s generous incentives and One-Stop-Shop system for all Government clearances, provides a significant advantage for business. The Port was originally established in 2002 and the Freezone was added in 2010. SOHAR Port and Freezone is managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a 50:50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman.
Year Established: 2002