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ASYAD’s 16 entities include three deep-water ports and three free zones - all supported by Oman’s five airports, a new planned USD 20 billion rail network and a new USD 10 billion world class road network which provide gateway distribution capabilities across the Sultanate and the wider Middle East. The modern, technologically advanced ports of Salalah, Sohar and Duqm are unrivalled in their connectivity - strategically located within two weeks sail of all major global ports and benefitting from rapid access to the growing Middle East, Indian and East-African markets. ASYAD’s existing free zones at Salalah and Sohar are soon to be joined by a third at the under-development Khazaen Economic City – situated near Barka, just outside Oman’s capital city Muscat – and all offer attractive incentives to investors, including 100% foreign ownership, 0% import and re-export duties and 0% personal income tax for employees.

Sohar Port

One of the three ports under ASYAD’s remit, Sohar Port is situated outside the Strait of Hormuz and at the heart of global trade routes connecting Europe and Asia, offering business connections and unprecedented opportunities for growth.

Salalah Port

Salalah Port – one of the world’s largest trans-shipment ports. Strategically located directly adjacent to the main East-West Shipping Lane, Salalah provides the region’s fastest access point to the wider Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. The port is also situated well-away from the Straits of Hormuz – reducing carrier insurance premiums and overall freight costs.

Port of Duqm

Situated on Oman’s south-eastern seaboard in Al Wusta Governate, with its 2,100 metre quay, and expansive basin, Port of Duqm has the potential to become a world-class, multipurpose commercial gateway. The approach channel, with its 19-metre draft, makes the port accessible to nearly all of today's big ships, with the capacity to handle containers, liquid bulk, dry bulk, project and other types of cargo, and minerals.

SALALAH FREE ZONE COMPANY (SFZCO)

Salalah Free Zone is situated adjacent to Salalah Port and is managed and operated by Salalah Free Zone Company, a subsidiary of ASYAD and one of Oman’s most important industrial hubs. The free zone is one of the most competitive in the region for labour, utilities and infrastructure costs and is located in close proximity to raw material sources and emerging markets.

SOHAR FREE ZONE

The Sohar Freezone is a 4,500-hectare development which offers 100% foreign ownership, 0% import and re-export duties and 0% personal income tax, and sector-specific zones and clusters, which address the unique infrastructure needs of individual industries.

HUTCHISON PORTS SOHAR (OICT - OMAN INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL)

The container terminal at Sohar Port is operated by Hutchison Port Sohar – a joint venture between ASYAD and Hutchinson Ports, the international port investor, developer and operator.

Khazaen

Khazaen is a world-class integrated economic city which will bring together a broad range of logistics and industrial businesses under one roof to maximise efficiency, growth and economic value creation across over 52million sqm of land in Barka, Sultanate of Oman. The new economic city is the largest public and private partnership (PPP) land development project in the Sultanate of Oman.

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