Oman plans new logistics hub

27 August 2013

Batinah South zone will boost traffic at Sohar Port

A new logistics hub is to be built in Oman approximately halfway between the capital city Muscat and Sohar in the Batinah South region.

The project is currently being discussed by Oman’s supreme council for planning before a government ministry takes responsibility for the development. The council is looking to appoint a consultancy firm to evaluate the benefits of the project in terms of generating jobs and business opportunities.

The hub will support the growing volume of traffic at Sohar port, which is set to increase following the planned relocation of commercial shipping from Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat. The capital’s port is being converted into a tourist attraction. All the logistics-related activities in Muscat will be transferred to the new Batinah logistics centre.

A planned high-capacity shuttle will connect the hub to Sohar port. There will also be a dedicated truck lane between the hub and port.

The hub will be accessible from the new Batinah Expressway, which will be the first dual four-lane road in Oman. A number of construction packages have been awarded on this project in the past week.

The logistics zone will also be integrated in the planned national railway in Oman and help further enhance Oman’s position as a well-connected regional trade hub.

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