|Sohar Industrial Estate
Sohar, April 16 (ONA)- Sohar
Industrial Estate has been one of the areas that attract
investments; thanks to the scores of facilities and
incentives provided to any project that may be directly
linked to any of the underway industrial projects at Sohar
Industrial Port which is a short distance from the 5th
and 6th stages of Sohar Industrial Area.
Sohar Industrial Estate is one of the
areas under the umbrella of the Public Establishment for
Industrial Estates (PEIE). The area, 220 km from Muscat and
about 180 km from Dubai and about 100 km from Al Buraimi
Governorate, was opened on November 16th 1992.
The location of the area in the mid-way among major markets
gives it a special importance.
The areas are easily accessible
through the Al Batinah dual-carriageway. Moreover, the area
is in the mid-way among major local and Gulf ports. This
ensures flexibility and easiness in goods transportation to
and from the main domestic and foreign markets. The area's
location parallel to Muscat/Al Batinah road and its
proximity of Sohar Industrial Port have given it a
distinguished position and made it the spot of local and
The size of Sohar Indusial Area is
approximately 21 million square meters. The area is
considered one of the fastest growing areas in the Sultanate
due to the merits it has. The location of Sohar Industrial
area is one of the main factors for attracting industrial
investment. The Area is located near Sohar Industrial Port
(not more than 6 km). Moreover, it is only less than 20 km
from the underway Sohar Airport.
Hilal bin Hamad al Hasani, CEO of the
PEIE said that the number of projects in Sohar Industrial
Estate as of the first quarter of 2010, stands at 184
including 80 that are already in the production stage. 40
projects are still under construction and more than 40
projects are already under incorporation. The size of
investments for these projects amount to RO.1.428 billion.
In a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA),
he added that Sohar Industrial Estate is divided into 7
stages. The occupancy rate at the first, second, third and
fourth is 100% compared to 84% for the fifth stage and 75%
for the sixth stage. He added that the infrastructure
projects for these stages have been completed by the end of
He pointed out that the total size of
the seventh stage is 8.9 million square meters; the biggest
stage at the region. 8% of the total size has been allocated
for industrial projects.
‘There are many industries in Sohar
Industrial Estate, the most important of which is Sohar
Aluminum Smelter and other complimentary industries, pipe
industry, ceramic industry, glass industries and a number of
food stuff industries, he added.
‘The number of manpower in Sohar
Industrial Estate now stands at 6111 including 2725 Omanis,
40% Omanization rate, he furthered.
Sohar Industrial Estate is important
also in terms of generating job opportunities for national
manpower as Sohar Industrial Estate is in the Al Batinah
region, which population is 26.5% of the total population of
the Sultanate. The available statistics also show that the
number of population in the Al Batinah region as of 2008
amounted to 750,000 persons.
PEIE also seeks to implement and
rehabilitation process for the seventh stage at its next
development plan to meet the growing demand for investment
and avail the services and infrastructure required for
investments for which lands have been allocated at the
The interest in the industrial area
and the focus on its development and completing the
infrastructure, as well as, giving it the priority in
implementing the projects emanates from the need to
collaborate all effort to create job opportunities for the
national manpower in the wilayat of Sohar in particular and
the Al Batinah region in general.
PEIE also seeks to complete the
upstream and downstream structure for the other stages. The
works include the construction of sanitary drainage plants,
expansion of the current plants, construction of canals to
discharge rain water to protect the area against rain water,
complete the security boundary for the area and completing
the road works at the third, fourth, fifth and sixth stages.
In a bid to avail the best services
to investors and manpower in the area, PEIE allocated
700,000 square meters to construct an integrated residential
city to meet the needs of the companies operating in the
area and provide their staff with appropriate housing units.
The projects are expected to be implemented in the coming