Development of Oman’s South Al Batinah land port to commence this year

Project will offer ample opportunities for local logistic companies says Ahmed bin Mohammed al Abri, CEO of Marafi
Oman, Land port, Inland container depot, Sohar

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Construction work at the land port in South Al Batinah may commence before the end of this year, according to Marafi Company of the Oman Global Logistics Group (Asyad).

A usufruct agreement with the Khazaen Economic City has reached the final stage said Ahmed bin Mohammed al Abri, CEO of Marafi.

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He added that the project will be implemented in a phased manner in partnership with local investors operating in the logistic sector.

The land port will be linked to the Sultanates sea ports offering promising opportunities for local logistic firms.

The port will be constructed on 100,000 sqm in the first phase which will be increased to 250,000 sqm in the coming years.

The first phase, expected to be completed in a year and a half, will offer ample opportunities for local logistic companies as well as being a stepping stone for the establishment of other land ports in the Sultanate, Al Abri said.

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The land port is intended to facilitate the transport of containers from the Port of Sohar and other ports, upgrade the capacity of transport, expedite clearance and reduce the total cost for the traders, Al Abri said.

The company has embarked on development plans at the ports of Shinas, Al Suwaiq and Khasab to keep pace with the governments logistic strategies.

The company also seeks to operate some quays at the large ports of Suhar, Salalah and Duqm. Besides, it targets a 25 per cent increase in the number of cruise ship arrivals in the next season at the Sultan Qaboos Port and Khasab Port.

The future plans include the management and operation of ports outside Oman.

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