Sohar Industrial Estate covers an area of 21,674,348 sqm, of which 10,730,000 sqm have been developed and subdivided into 226 plots. Established in November 1992, and ideally located mid-way between Muscat (200 kilometres) and Dubai (180 Kilometres) Sohar – Oman’s garden city – offers tenants easy access to domestic as well as international markets.
The estate is home to 60 businesses, 35 units under construction and a further 55 are expected to come on stream in the near future. On the estate’s doorstep is Sohar Port, a large three-phase project which began late-1999. The Daewoo Corporation completed the construction of a breakwater and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, executed the dredging and reclamation at the port. Turkey’s STFA Construction is building an 850-metre long quay. In time, the Port will boast cargo and container berths and two liquid cargo berths, to be used for oil, as well as a 260-metre quay for the upcoming fertiliser plant. Moreover, there are plans to erect a fourth for the aluminum smelter project. The harbour will have a depth of 17 metres, deep enough to accommodate fifth generation container vessels which are currently coming into service. Indeed, the Port has generated considerable international interest in Sohar Industrial Estate. Production on the estate includes: marble; paper recycling; foodstuffs; detergents; leather; furniture; toothpaste; beverages; ice cream; resins; glass, steel bars; and engine oil.