Salalah Free Zone
Supporting and encouraging the free zone to attract new businesses to set up in Salalah is an important aspect of our strategy.
With industrial investments in excess of US$3.5 billion, Salalah Free Zone has already made an impressive beginning. Cargo volumes generated from our customers are expected to increase. Salalah Free Zone eyes to achieve US$15 billion in investments by 2028 and is focusing on key areas of Chemicals and Materials Processing, Manufacturing and Assembly, and Logistics and Distribution.
The Salalah Free Zone offers zero corporate tax for 30 years and 100 per cent foreign ownership possibilities. The Salalah Airport is just 15 minutes away and is under expansion for both cargo capacity and direct destination links.
Salalah Free Zone is poised for further growth with several new ventures, including a major caustic soda project and an LPG plant, scheduled to come on stream during phase 1 (2013-2018). These investments will inevitably give rise to opportunities in upstream and downstream units, promising further volumes growth.
In addition, the Salalah Free Zone has been successful in signing up a major cocoa bean importer and chocolate processor. Such investments, including a proposed grain storage terminal at the port, hold out the promise of an agro-foods industry taking root at the free zone. Studies also point to the potential for investment in cold-chain logistics catering to flowers and agro-products being exported out of Africa.
Investor interest is growing as regional and international players recognize the benefits of direct connectivity to 60 global markets by over 3200 ships annually and proximity to East-West trade, as well as the buoyant markets of Asia, East Africa and the wider Middle East.