Oman Free Zone Company Formation

Free zones have always been an eye-catching factor for investors to establish a business in the GCC countries. These zones have played a great role in bringing international businesses to their respective countries as certain areas they hold stand as tax-free zones. 

Starting an Oman Free Zone company has always been a favorite for international investors because of the availability of zones. If you plan to expand your business here, you can opt for these zones. 

This guide will give you an overall idea regarding company formation in Oman Freezones.

Industrial Free Zones in Oman

The Sultanate holds four free zones that focus on the growth of different business sectors and activities. The zones allow the import of raw materials, processing, assembling and packaging, exporting finished products, and storing and warehousing of products. 

The free zones have been categorized accordingly based on the business sectors they support. One should select a zone according to one’s industry and business needs. 

There are 4 free zones in Oman:

1. The Al Mazunah Free Zone

Established in 1999, the Al Mazunah free zone is close to the Yemeni border, making it the Gulf gateway to enter the Republic of Yemen and East African countries. This zone is a commercial, service, and industrial hub.

2. The Salalah Free Zone

This free zone offers solutions to businesses planning to expand into the Middle East, Africa, Southern Europe, and Asia. The location becomes attractive due to its low labor, utilities, and infrastructure cost.

3. The Sohar Free Zone

It is a 4,500-hectare deep-sea port that attracts almost US$26 Billion and is one of the fastest-growing ports in the world. The port is expected to manage Oman’s National Food Reserve.

4. The Duqm SEZ 

One of the future’s biggest economic zones lies in Duqm SEZ. With an area of almost 1,745 sq. km, the zone has been divided into 8 sub-zones that hold different grounds of investments such as industries, seaports, dry-dock, tourism, fisheries, etc.

How to Set Up a Business in an Oman Free Trade Zone?

For an investor, one must follow the below-mentioned process for a free zone company registration in Oman.

Submit the Plot Application Form

Submit the application form and reach an agreement on the commercial terms.

Prepare the Required Documents

The following documents are essential:

  • Name of the investors, along with their country of origin
  • Business Plan along with Capital Investment
  • A figurative representation of total employment generation
  • Total electricity and water requirement
  • Contact details of the investor
  • Projected cargo volume
  • A No Objection Letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs.

Clear the Due Diligence Process

Select a plot, get approval for its application, and clear the due diligence process.

Pay the Oman Free Zone License Cost

Pay the registration, visa, and license fee.

Activities Fee
Business Registration OMR 1,050-1,550
Commercial/ Logistics License OMR 385 (annual)
Industrial/ Manufacturing License OMR 385 (annual)
2-Year Visa OMR 201

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The Final Process

Collect the Certificate of Incorporation and sign the lease agreement.

Benefits of Setting Up a Company in an Oman Free Zone

Now, let’s look at the benefits you can derive from establishing a company in Oman. There are several reasons why to invest in Oman:

  • Investors get 100% ownership
  • No Minimum Share Capital requirement
  • No Corporate tax for ten years
  • No duties are imposed on import and export procedures
  • Minimum 5 years of lease
  • Trade can start within Oman without a local agent.

Summarizing the overall information, we can say that Oman’s free zones are heading towards progress and provide a great investment platform for business investors. The location holds great potential for both established and start-ups and allows investors to expand their business to neighboring countries. 

To initiate the process, it is recommended to have a word with a business consultant who is well versed with the Omani legal rules and regulations and business setup processes. This will help you to incorporate the entity at a faster pace and in a hassle-free way. 

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End Note

Commitbiz has been helping firms and entrepreneurs establish their businesses in Oman. Our experts are well-versed in the Omani business framework and will cater to your needs accordingly. 

To proceed towards starting a business in Oman today, do contact us. We’d be happy to assist.

FAQs

How many free zones are there in Oman?

There are four free zones in Oman:

  • The Al Mazunah free zone
  • The Salalah free zone
  • The Sohar free zone
  • The Duqm SEZ.

What are the essential documents for an Oman Free Zone company?

The following documents are essential:

  • Name of the investors along with their country of origin
  • Business Plan along with Capital Investment
  • A figurative representation of total employment generation
  • Total electricity and water requirement
  • Contact details of the investor
  • Projected cargo volume
  • A No Objection Letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs.

What benefits can be availed from incorporating an Oman Free Zone company?

The following benefits can be availed:

  • Investors get 100% ownership
  • No Minimum Share Capital requirement
  • No Corporate tax for a period of ten years
  • No duties are imposed on import and export procedures
  • Minimum 5 years of lease
  • Trade can start within Oman without a local agent.

What is the Duqm SEZ an important free zone?

It is important because, with an area of almost 1,745 sq. km, the zone has been divided into 8 sub-zones that hold different grounds for investments such as industries, seaports, dry-dock, tourism, fisheries, etc.

What are the different free zone business activities allowed in Oman?

The free zones allow the import of raw materials, processing, assembling and packaging, exporting finished products, storing and warehousing of products, etc.