If I am interested in speaking to someone about potentially investing in establishing an operation in SFZ, whom do I need to contact?
Please contact, Salalah Free Zone commercial team on firstname.lastname@example.org
What kind of environment does the city of Salalah offer to expatriate workers who are employed by businesses that set up in SFZ?
With its expanding economy, Salalah is becoming the melting pot of civilization. It is the archetype of an oasis in the desert. With breathtaking beaches and pristine valleys, there are many spots for entertainment and recreation.
Accommodation is available from simple flats, villas to luxury apartments and hotels for residents and visitors. Education being a vital element for the Sultanate, Salalah offers public and private schools with global curriculum standards. Visit visas valid for a month stay can be obtained on arrival by citizens of over 60 countries. Common Visa and Reciprocal Visa agreements are in place with Dubai and Qatar.
Travelling by road is quite simple as there is a convenient roadway linked with UAE, and additional connections being constructed with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Travellers can utilize budget accommodations on long journeys across the country. Oman Air provides frequent flights to Salalah from Muscat and Dubai. The Salalah Airport has expansion plans of a 1 million passenger capacity by 2014 and a furthermore of 6 million passengers in the future.
Salalah has the largest hospital in the Sultanate, The Sultan Qaboos Hospital in addition to several health centres and private hospitals. There are many banks, which can serve investors as well as visitors in Salalah from local leading banks like Bank Muscat, Bank Dhofar, and Bank Sohar as well as HSBC. The provision of ATMs is throughout the countries location and credit cards are accepted in main hotels and stores.
I have a small/medium-sized business – would I also be able to establish an operation in SFZ?
The Salalah Free Zone is committed to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation and has included in its new headquarters building an SME incubator that will offer shared services and facilities to help start ups take off. The various financial partners of the free zone will also contribute to providing a range of services such as equity or debt financing, corporate banking services, cash management, payroll services, etc. The partners are traditional banks, venture capital or private equity funds, development banks and investment banks.
Which other kinds of services are provided to operators in the SFZ?
Salalah Free Zone offers a one-stop-service to investors that have established operations in the zone to process all their paperwork quickly and efficiently. This includes:
- Work permits and visas.
- All relevant Government documentation.
In addition, Salalah Free Zone will support investors sourcing their required skilled and semi-skilled laborlabour, and will in the future provide laborlabour accommodation. Other benefits include export guarantee insurance and selected industrial shared services.
Do I need a visa to visit Oman?
Visit visas valid for one month stay may be obtained on arrival by citizens of over 60 countries including European Union, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. GCC Nationals do not require a visa. Common Visa and Reciprocal Visa agreements are in place with Dubai and Qatar.