Duqm Free Zone

Duqm Special Economic Zone

Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ)'s prime location, political stability, natural resources, exceptional topography, and breathtaking scenery makes it an excellent choice for business and tourism.

Covering an area of 2,000 sq. kilometers — including 90 kilometers of coastline — Duqm SEZ is a major new growth pole driving the socioeconomic development of the Sultanate of Oman and the diversification of its economy over the coming decades.

Duqm SEZ is one of the largest in the MENA region and ranks among the largest in the world. It is envisioned as an energy hub, as well as an industrial and commercial center. This promising industrial hub, anchored by a world-scale commercial seaport and ship repair yard and a multi-modal transport system — including land, air and railway (in the future) — is at the heart of the city, to facilitate integration and ease of movement not only within Duqm, but also connecting it nationally, regionally and internationally.

Aside from its potential as a manufacturing zone, Duqm is also blessed with the trappings of a promising tourist destination. Scenic landscape and beachfronts, geo-parks and a rich birdlife have made Duqm a haven for adventure tourists and nature lovers. Adding to this appeal are the invigorating southwest monsoon winds that limit daytime temperatures to the low 30s, even in summer.

Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD)

The Development Authority

The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) was established by Royal Decree No. (119/2011). SEZAD's key role lies with the planning, management, and implementation of a long-term master plan and strategic initiatives for all development and major infrastructure of Duqm SEZ. This also includes a variety of strategic investment activities to ensure a diverse range of economic activities exist within Duqm SEZ. These activities are both independent as well as mutually supportive to strengthen the development of Duqm, as well as the overall economy of the Sultanate of Oman. Furthermore, SEZAD oversees environmental and social elements associated with the expansion and development of Duqm, to ensure the city provides an attractive and sustainable proposition to residents, visitors, and investors.

 

An Investor-Centric Approach

1. Ease of Doing Business

We offer a wide range of business support services tailored to investors' requirements; all required information to set up your business will be provided exclusively by a dedicated point-of-contact.

Conceived as a business-friendly and investment-ready destination, Duqm SEZ has been primed to cater to the needs of domestic and international investors. To this end, the SEZ's regulatory policies have been structured to offer a differentiated approach designed to attract, retain and grow firms and to support their business needs.

Our one-stop-shop offers a simplified methodology for registering your business and investment interest. Once submitted in online, your application is speedily processed against a checklist of criteria, while a dedicated team engages with you directly to assess your specific requirements in the form of leased land, labour, utilities, and so on. Underpinning this process is a friendly, yet efficient, approach that seeks to take your application through to its logical end in a speedy manner.

 

2. Value Offers

Duqm SEZ offers an integrated package of incentives and benefits designed to provide investors with a distinct competitive advantage when they set up their businesses, including:

• Up to 100% foreign ownership

• No currency restrictions

• Tax exemption up to 30 years from the date of commencement of operations

• Exemption from minimum capital requirements as stipulated in the Commercial Companies Law and other statutes

• Free repatriation of profits and capital

• Usufruct agreements up to 50 years, renewable for similar periods

 


Connecting You to Regional and Global Trade

1. Location Linked to Global Trade

Duqm Special Economic Zone has the ultimate advantage in positioning your business within strategic distance of some of the fastest growing markets in the Middle East, GCC, South Asia, East Africa and beyond. Duqm is your gateway to regional and global trade.

Duqm has a prime geographical position at the heart of the Arabian Sea and stands at the crossroads between Asia and Africa, so investors can leverage to penetrate high growth markets.

Its geographical location is at the heart of Duqm's appeal as the Middle East's most promising industrial and economic hub. Situated far outside the Straits of Hormuz, the SEZ lies within proximity of international shipping lanes serving East-West, Upper Arabian Gulf, and East-Africa trade. Growing numbers of international investors are now looking to leverage the excellent connections that Duqm enjoys by air, land and sea to access regional and global markets.


Duqm's Strategic Position

• Proximity to high growth markets

• Located at crossroads of trade routes

• Reach an expanding population of 3 billion consumers


2. Connect to the Maritime Gateway of Duqm

This is where the Duqm story all begins — a deep-water port abutting strategic East-West and North-South shipping lanes crisscrossing the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean beyond. The most important cornerstone of the 2,000 sq km Special Economic Zone is the Port of Duqm with its large breakwater arms, serving as the gateway to the industrial hub and its sprawling hinterland. Drafts of 8 metres alongside the commercial berths and 19 metres along the approach channel allow for the largest maritime vessels to call at the seaport

Nestled within Duqm Port is one of the world's modern ship maintenance and repair yards, which also ranks among the largest in the Middle East and North Africa. Its location on the south-eastern seaboard of Oman, within proximity of regional and international maritime trade routes, is a distinct advantage. So are its twin graving yards, each large enough to dry-dock some of the largest vessels currently in operation, including ultra-large crude carriers of up to 600,000 DWT capacity. An additional 2.8 km of quays allow for the wet-berthing of as many as 10 ships for simultaneous repairs.


3. Road Connectivity

At the regional level, Duqm is accessible by road via Muscat-Sinaw-Mahout (Route 32) and Muscat-Hayma-Salalah (Route 31). Duqm SEZ is well connected via highways linking it to all major cities in the the Sultanate as well as the GCC. Within and around the Duqm SEZ are roads of international standard, dual three-lane highways, and dual three-lane arterial roads to enable efficient movement of goods and traffic across the zone.


4. Air Connectivity

A newly built regional airport located within the SEZ receives daily flights from Muscat. Duqm Airport is also equipped to handle international passenger flights and jumbo freighters.


5. Future Rail Network

As a Greenfield development, Duqm SEZ is set to benefit from its integration with the nation's ambitious rail project — a modern rail network designed to connect Muscat with Sohar in the north and connecting Oman with the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) border at Khatmat Mahala and Al Ain. The rail network is planned for high-speed trains for both passenger and freight, with later stages of the rail development extending to Duqm.

Rail connectivity will enable cargo flows from Duqm all the way up north into the UAE and Saudi Arabia as part of the wider GCC Rail Network.


The project is certainly one of the most ambitious developments in Oman as it is on its way to becoming a worldwide attraction for both investors and tourists. It provides many promises to investors and a relaxing and knowledgeable experience for visitors. Its location plays a large role in its success, as it is in the middle of global commercial shipping routes as well as providing a rest stop to various warships. Duqm SEZ is a booming development catching the attention of opportunity seekers around the globe.

DUQM Special Economic Zone

Sultanate of Oman


In its long-term vision, the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) is quite unlike anything the Middle East has to offer. Overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean beyond, Duqm SEZ has an unparalleled advantage in positioning your business within proximity to some of the fastest-growing markets in the Middle East, South Asia, East Africa and beyond. Duqm is your gateway to regional and global trade.

Geographical clustering is at the heart of SEZAD’s strategy for attracting investment across an array of industrial and economic activities. Clustering is a recipe for boosting prosperity by bringing a critical mass of investors, service providers, customers, suppliers, training institutions and others into close proximity.

Duqm’s unique natural site stretches over 2000 sq. km. along 90 km. of coastline. It is the Middle East’s most promising expanse of industrial and economic real estate. An undertaking of this magnitude requires strategic planning that maximizes Duqm’s comparative advantages as well as the nation’s long-term developmental goals. This has been accomplished with the talent of the world’s finest urban planners. SEZAD’s master plan establishes a framework to guide development over the long term.


Eight distinct sub-zones are each dedicated to a specific type of investment and activity.

• Industry
• Seaport and Dry Dock
• Tourism
• Business
• Fisheries
• Logistics
• Residential Housing
• Education and Training


THE INDUSTRIAL ZONE

260 sq. km. have been allocated for industrial use, to be interlinked with all modes of transportation.

Heavy Industry

Heavy industry requires specialized infrastructure, with customized large-scale spaces for heavy equipment, large machine tools and massive buildings. The potential environmental impact will be taken into careful consideration.


Sub-sectors

• Ship Building
• Oil Refining
• Steel Milling
• Coke Processing
• Paper and Pulp Manufacturing
• Chemical Refining


Medium Industry

Medium Industry involves the processing of minerals or other materials. Large equipment and facilities are characteristic for the refining and production of steel, polymers, and other products.


Sub-sectors

• Printing and publishing
• Fabricating metal products
• Rubber and plastic products
• Machinery, equipment, appliances
• Electrical machinery
• Transport equipment — motor vehicles, trailers, parts


Light Industry

Light industry is usually less capital intensive than heavy or medium industry, and is more consumer-oriented, produced for end users rather than other industries. It uses moderate amounts of partially processed materials to produce items of relatively high value per unit of weight. Light industries require only a small amount of raw materials, space and power. The value of the goods is relatively low, and therefore easier to transport. The number of potential products is high: clothes, shoes, furniture, consumer electronics and home appliances. The light industry area is conveniently located near residential zones.


Sub-sectors

• Wood products
• Food, beverages, tobacco
• Textiles, apparel, leather goods
• Furniture, jewelry, toys


SEAPORT AND DRYDOCK

This is where the Duqm story begins — a deep-water port abutting strategic East-West and North-South shipping lanes crisscrossing the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean beyond. By far the most important cornerstone of the Special Economic Zone, the Port of Duqm with its giant breakwater arms, serves as the gateway to the industrial hub and its sprawling hinterland. Drafts of 18 metres alongside commercial berths and 19 metres along the approach channel allow for the largest maritime vessels to call at the seaport.

Nestled within Duqm Port is one of the world’s most modern ship-maintenance and repair yards, ranking among the largest in the Middle East and North Africa. Its location on the southeastern seaboard of Oman, within proximity to regional and international maritime trade routes, is a distinct advantage. So are its twin graving yards, each large enough to dry-dock some of the largest vessels currently in operation, including crude carriers of up to 600,000 DWT capacity. An additional 2.8km of quays allow for the wet-berthing of as many as 10 ships for simultaneous repairs.

FISHERIES

Capitalising on the abundant sea-food resources of the Arabian Sea, efforts are made to exploit the lucrative comparative advantage of Duqm’s traditional affinity for fishing and associated activities. The Zone will include the Fisheries Industrial Complex of approximately 7.5 sq. km. and a fishing harbor with a total water area of 6.2 sq. km.


The Zone is designed to provide:

• An international-standards quality-assurance center for fresh and processed fish exports.
• A marine research center, and training facility.
• Fish and shrimp farming for retail, wholesale and export markets.


LOGISTICS

Logistics areas (for storage, warehousing, showrooms, etc.) are advantageously located throughout the SEZ, whether close to the transport hubs, in the storage and warehouse zone in the Airport District and in the light-industry area next to the Duqm airport and within the Duqm Port or strategically located within reach of the medium and heavy industries.

TOURISM

Along the eastern edge of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm lies the Coastal District, one of its highest value-creation opportunities.

The district would include resort hotels, residential communities, cafes, family-oriented entertainment and leisure facilities. A sensitive development approach will preserve the coastline for future generations. With tens of thousands of people expected to make Duqm their home over the coming decades, developers are moving in to secure their share of what promises to be a sizable entertainment and leisure market. The SEZ Authority envisions investments across the gamut of options, including residential complexes, shopping malls, restaurant clusters and amusement hubs.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Since walkability and sustainability are at the core of the future Duqm City, educational and training facilities will be located in all residential neighbourhoods. The Civic District will, however, act as a center for larger-scale educational and civic services. In the heart of Duqm, connected to the major city highway and surrounded by desert parklands, the civic district is a hub not just for Duqm but for the surrounding region. This will be the home of regional, civic and support services. Its festival ground, major shopping centre, university, secondary schools, hospital, local government facilities and parklands will become the centerpiece, serving the surrounding communities of Al Wusta.

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