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Marafi will take over the operations of Port of Khasab from April 1 as part of its plan to develop it as an international hub to attract investment and more tourists from around the world.

Marafi is the port operations and management company established by Asyad, sultanate’s logistics arm which covers ports, free zones and other transportation sectors.

H E Sayyid Khalifa al Mirdas al Busaidi, Governor of Musandam had met Dr Ahmed al Abri, CEO of Marafi in the presence of other officials to talk about the planned development of Port of Khasab as a world class port.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Raed bin Mohammed al Shehhi, chairman of OCCI’s branch in Musandam, said, “Studies have been conducted to develop the port to attract investment and more tourists. “Some of the development proposals include the establishment of a duty free shop, other shops and tourist facilities. Land belonging to OCCI’s branch in Musandam will be offered for investment purposes.”

Speaking of the importance of developing the port, he said, “It will be very important for the local economy. The development will provide investment opportunities for local companies and new shipping lines.”

Talking about the funding opportunities for the proposed projects, Shehhi said, “There are funding opportunities being offered by Oman Development Bank and Al Raffd Fund.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism has said that 1,030,404 people visited Musandam in 2018. Of these 869,067 arrived via cruise ships and 132,704 stayed in hotels. Also, 28,633 visited castles and forts. The governorate has many tourism offerings in Khasab, Dibba, Bukha and Madha. “The cruise tourism season which began in October will see 72 ships visiting the Khasab port till May,” it said.

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