Muscat port to close

The ancient Omani capital of Muscat has been at the center of Middle Eastern maritime trade for many millennia. This will change at the end of this month when its harbor, Port Sultan Qaboos, closes permanently to commercial shipping.

On 31 August all commercial shipping operations at Port Sultan Qaboos, which currently has a container terminal and some breakbulk cargo facilities, will be shifted to the Port of Sohar, a vast industrial and commercial port complex built about a decade ago.

Omani officials say Sohar is better equipped to handle the country’s growing cargo volumes, which in Muscat has led to unacceptable levels of congestion in the city’s narrow streets.

Port Sultan Qaboos will be redeveloped into a cruise port and yacht marina.