Salalah is being developed by the Sultanate to become a multi-modal logistics hub.
According to the Oman Tribune, the Sultanate has the infrastructure and capability to develop Salalah as a multi-modal logistics hub that would flourish on the synergy between the port, airport and free zone, according to a top official from Port of Salalah.
In the first half of 2017, the port saw marginal growth in volume at the container terminal and a slight drop in the general cargo terminal when compared with the same period last year. However, from mid-year, there was a significant recovery.
Ahmed Ali Akaak, Deputy CEO, Port of Salalah expressed his confidence about the future of the port, stating, “We are trying to develop cargo business at Salalah airport and that is part of the Salalah hub strategy. We have the capability to do this at Salalah airport and the port. We can work out a model that will perform in the future.” He went on to add, “It is a five-hour distance from Africa and the Far East and six hours to Europe and in the middle of emerging markets we can serve.”
Once synergy is achieved between the airport, free zone and port through a unified strategy, these assets could be utilised by the country to anchor more enterprises and look for business opportunities. He said within Asyad (Oman Global Logistics Group) they were working collectively to find ways in which the logistic sector could be utilised to attract investment into the country.
Because of its higher productivity, reliability, better location and global standards, Akaak foresees a promising future for the hub.