The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) and Oman Establishment for Press, Publication and Advertising (OEPPA), publishers of Oman Daily Observer and its sister Arabic daily Oman, jointly celebrated the launch of the first edition of SEZAD\'s official annual publication.
The launch event was held under the auspices of Yahya bin Said al Jabri, Chairman of SEZAD, in the presence of Dr Ibrahim bin Ahmed al Kindi, CEO of OEPPA, at SEZAD\'s headquarters in Rusayl on Thursday.
SEZAD\'s maiden annual publication sheds light on the investment, business and contracting opportunities that are available for local, regional and international players at this giant special economic zone under development on Oman\'s Wusta coast. Also in the spotlight are various projects envisaged at the SEZ, as well as the role being played by the Authority in attracting local and foreign investors to Duqm.
\'The aim of this publication is to acquaint local and foreign investors to the immense business and investment possibilities associated with the SEZ. Through interviews, features and reports, this publication takes readers through the vision set out by Oman government and SEZAD to creating a world-class industrial and maritime hub on the Arabian Sea. Various articles also highlight the incentives available to those investing in the Zone in accordance with Royal Decree 79/2013 on 26th December 2013,\' said Al Jabri.
The publication, the Chairman said, was part of wider efforts being made by the Authority to underscore the SEZ\'s unique value proposition stemming from the advantageous geographical location, business-friendly regulatory regime, and competitive tariffs.
The 128-page volume features interviews with key executives of the Authority, notably Lee Chee Khian, CEO, and Ismail bin Ahmed al Balushi, Deputy CEO. Also detailed are the various industrial, petrochemical, manufacturing, logistics, fisheries, and tourism clusters that are being developed within the zone, and the service providers that are coming on board to offer specialist services to investors.
Al Jabri further added: \'I would like to express my appreciation to OEPPA for all the efforts made towards the compilation of the articles, as well as the production and publication of this magazine, and in its marketing as well. My sincere thanks also go out to all those who contributed to the publication of the first issue.\'
Dr Al Kindi hailed the cooperative ties that exist between SEZAD and OEPPA. He affirmed the media house\'s keen interest and commitment to promoting the Sultanate as a tourist, business, logistics and investment hub.
He added that the publication will be distributed through key outlets such as Muscat International Airport, seaports, shopping malls and channels. The publication will provide investors and businessmen with a good idea about projects and initiatives that are planned or underway within the Duqm SEZ.
The publication includes interviews with officials in the companies operating in the Zone such as Port of Duqm, Oman Drydock, Oman Oil Company, Takamul Investment Company, the Public Authority for Electricity and Water, Omran, Duqm Development Company, Oman Airports Management Company, Rural Areas Electricity Company, MHD and Strabag. Illustrated with maps and photographs, it provides readers will a detailed overview of opportunities linked to one of the world\'s largest free zone developments of the future.