The New Gateway To The Gulf

Markets and trade volumes in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent are growing rapidly, propelled by a fast growing population and strong underlying economic growth fundamentals...

Seabury Reports

SOHAR invited the Seabury Group to look at a number of industries that could potentially benefit from developing a manufacturing or logistics presence in SOHAR Port and Freezone.

Markets and trade volumes in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent are growing rapidly, propelled by a fast growing population and strong underlying economic growth fundamentals...

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Auto Parts

The Gulf imports automotive parts from a number of countries, with the two largest being China and the UAE. Interestingly enough, there are almost zero exports of auto parts from the UAE to India...

Ceramics

In 2012 alone, the Gulf region and India and Pakistan collectively imported over 11 million tonnes of construction goods worth about USD $5.5 billion...

Chemicals

The petrochemical industry, which has been instrumental to the success of the Saudi chemicals industry, has the opportunity to play a similar role in Oman, and specifically in SOHAR...

Furniture

In 2012, the Gulf region imported 272,000 TEU of furniture, worth approximately USD $4.7 billion – and these volumes have doubled since 2007...

Grains

The regional market for grains is a promising one. Saudi Arabia and Iran are both heavy importers of grains, collectively importing over 20M tonnes of grains in 2012...

Iron and Steel

In 2012, the Gulf region, India and Pakistan collectively imported 34 million tonnes of semi-manufactured iron and steel, representing roughly 13% of global demand and USD $27B...

Perishables

Saudi Arabian perishable imports alone account for over 200k TEU, accounting for about 8% of all Saudi Arabian containerized imports...

White Goods

In 2012 alone, the Gulf region imported 134,000 TEU of white goods, worth nearly USD $3 billion...

Plastics

Polymer, olefins are a downstream product of petrochemicals, so naturally the Middle East, and Saudi Arabia in particular, has developed a strong export industry in primary plastics...