Muscat, SOHAR Port and Freezone celebrated its

15th Anniversary in a glittering ceremony at the Kempinski Hotel

Muscat today under the patronage of Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al

Futaisi, Minister of Transport.

Commenting on the event, Dr. Al Futaisi said, 15 years since the

inception of SOHAR, we are proud to have established a world-class

port on the coasts of the Sultanate of Oman to serve the region and

the world. SOHAR Port has become a pivotal part of the logistics sector

in the Sultanate and a major import and export hub for both Oman and

the regional countries. The port itself is a success story, with regard to

several aspects. This especially includes its achievement of attracting

large vessels and international investors, accommodating a variety of

industries and handling a diverse range and size of general cargos,

containers and other goods.

On his turn, Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al Zaabi, Chairman of the

Board of SOHAR Port and Freezone said, SOHAR Port has created a

remarkable footprint and made its presence recognized, both in the

region and globally. We are also proud to be ranked as one of the

fastest-growing port and free zones in the world, with investments

exceeding RO 10 billion. With our strategic geographical location,

providing us access to global markets with an outreach of over 2 billion

people, SOHAR Port has played a vital role in line with the national

Logistics Strategy 2040. The strategy aims to place the transport sector

as the second-highest source of national income alongside putting the

Sultanate among the top ten countries for logistics performance by the

year 2040.

In line with the efforts to promote integrated logistics services, an

agreement was signed, under the patronage of Minister of Transport,

for the development of a truck rest area. The agreement was signed

between Dr. Mohammed Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Board of SOHAR

Port and Freezone and Issa Mohammed bin Ali Al Barmani, Managing

Director of Meena Investment Park LLC.

The upcoming project will have a total investment of RO 2.5 million

and will take up an area of 50,000 sqm at SOHAR Freezone.

Initiated by the Ministry of Transport and spearheaded by ASYAD,

the truck rest area will assist in promoting road safety after the

significant increase in the number of trucks at the port. The area will

offer an added value to the logistics infrastructure of SOHAR and to all

its tenants from various road transport companies, through the

provision of a dedicated area for truck drivers to take breaks during

long journeys.

Apart from streamlining logistics at SOHAR, it will also aid in saving

transit time between destinations and reducing road congestion by

preventing drivers from parking at the sides of the road and in

residential areas. The importance of this project is also demonstrated

by its role of unifying operators and tenants of both the Port and

Freezone.

Source: Oman News Agency