Oman Freezones

Oman has established free zones to further attract foreign direct investment. Strategically located near ports and major travel networks making Oman free zone company setup accessible to the Gulf region.

About Oman Freezones

Oman has three Free Trade Zones and 2 Special Economic Zones available for business set up.

Free Zones: Al Mazunah Free Zone, Sohar Free Zone and Salalah Free Zone

Special Economic Zones: Duqm Special Economic Zone and Knowledge Oasis Muscat Special Economic Zone

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About Oman Free Zones

There are 3 Free Zones and 2 Special Economic Zones in Oman:

  1. Al Mazunah Free Zone – Hub for commercial, service and industrial sectors
  2. Sohar Free Zone – Hub for plastics, metals, minerals, food, petrochemicals and service sectors
  3. Salalah Free Zone – Hub for chemical and material processing, manufacturing and assembly, logistics and distribution sectors
  4. Duqm Special Economic Zone – Hub for refineries, oil storage, transport, fish and food, logistics, warehousing, minerals, and tourism sectors
  5. Knowledge Oasis Muscat Special Economic Zone – Hub for science, IT and knowledge-based sectors


Each of the Free Zones and the Special Economic Zones offer slightly different benefits for doing business within the zone. They offer benefits such as

  • infrastructure to support different business activities
  • Tax holiday – 0% corporate tax for us to 10 years
  • 100% Foreign Ownership
  • No Import or export duties
  • 0% sales or personal income tax

An example of more specific benefits for the Duqm Special Economic Zone would be its connectivity and transport systems with modern roads, ports and airports.


To simplify the process, company formation in Oman Free Zones is achieved in three key steps.

  1. Submit Free Zone application via the relevant portal including NOC letter to Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs
  2. Plot allocation
  3. Sign Usufruct agreement

Supporting documents required

  1. Investors names and country of origin
  2. Plot size required
  3. Capital investment
  4. Business plan
  5. Employee requirements
  6. Contact information and documents of investor
  7. Projected cargo volume
  8. Projected total electricity and water required
How many directors are required to set up in an Oman Free Zone?

Only 1 director is required to register in an Oman Free Zone.

What is a usufruct agreement?

Usufruct agreement is a land right granted by owner (either an Omani national or a government authority) to allow a company to form within this zone.

Do I need to rent commercial office space in an Oman Free Zone?

Rental of commercial space in the specified Free Zone is mandatory regardless of the company size.

If I set up a Free Zone company in Oman, will I need to hire Omani Citizens?

Yes, a minimum of 10% of your companies’ employees must be Omani hires. Please check the Omanisation requirements within your specific Free Zone.

Do I need an Omani partner to start my business?

No. Free zones allow non-Omani investors to own 100% of their company.

Are there facilities in Duqm Special Economic Zone for SMEs?

For Omani owned SMEs, some service fees for SMEs have been reduced by up to 50% if they are register with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA).

How far is Sohar Free zone from Dubai?

Sohar Free zone is less than a 3-hour drive from Dubai.

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