Construction on the South Batinah Logistics Hub, a strategic initiative of the Omani government to kick-start the growth of a logistics-based economic sector in the Sultanate, will be launched this year. Covering 9,000 hectares, the hub will incorporate Oman’s first ever inland port as well as dedicated zones earmarked for multimodal connectivity, light industries, value-adding activities, commercial services, warehousing and logistics, urban and residential developments, hotels and convention centres, and leisure areas.
Its strategic location, roughly midway between Muscat and Sohar, coupled with planned connectivity — road and rail — with Omani ports, airports and industrial hubs, and wider GCC markets, will effectively position the South Batinah hub as the nerve centre of the Sultanate’s future logistics industry.
“The South Al Batinah Logistics Hub is key to realising the government’s vision to grow logistics into an important sector of its economy and promote Oman as a regional hub,” said Ahmed al Azkawi, project director of the Supreme Council of Planning, which is overseeing implementation of the initiative. “The project is steadily moving forward with initial phases to be constructed in 2014 and the remaining phases currently undergoing a comprehensive study. Full development of the logistics hub will be completed by 2030,” he said.