Muscat: Salalah Free Zone (SFZ), part of Asyad Group, announced the inauguration of Phase I of Phelix Pharmaceutical’s new factory on January 25. The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of Dr Hilal bin Ali Al-Sabti, Oman’s Minister of Health.
As part of a regional investment of over OMR 23 million (approximately $60 million), Phase I of Phelix Pharmaceutical’s factory will operate an area of over 16,000 sqm in SFZ. Once all phases are completed, the total investment will ultimately cover around 110,000 sqm and will produce a range of medications, including antivirals, diabetes and heart medication, blood thinners and pain killers, as well as other specialised nutritional products.
The introduction of Phelix Pharmaceuticals, a growing pharmaceutical manufacturing company, to SFZ, adds to the long list of global and local producers already operating in the free zone and capitalising on its state-of-the-art infrastructure network, competitive commercial incentives and premium logistics services powered by Asyad Group’s integrated logistics ecosystem.
Since its inception, SFZ has successfully carried out its plans to attract foreign investment and channel it to a select group of vital industries, chief amongst which is pharmaceutics. By the end of 2022, SFZ became home to 76 factories and plants with several new projects in the pipeline.
Dr Ali Tabouk, CEO of SFZ, said: “This addition to the host of industries operating in our free zone highlights SFZ’s successful strategy to establish its role as a key driver of industry, manufacturing and production in Oman. It also reaffirms our commitment to helping bolster health security and promote development in critical industries identified in Oman Vision 2040 and other national plans.”
“We continue to focus on attracting global, regional, and local investment that advances our strategic goal of cementing SFZ’s position as a leading manufacturing and production hub that plays a vital role in the export and reexport to regional and global markets,” Tabouk added. “Our success further reflects investors’ trust in our unrivalled competitive advantages, from SFZ’s unique location close to top Asian and African markets to our proximity to major global shipping routes. Global players are also drawn to our well-devised incentive schemes that aim to improve ease-of-business and increase production and export efficiencies.”
Recently, SFZ has also seen OQ’s methanol factory kick off its operations on over 118,242.96 sqm, another testament to the Free Zone’s growing reputation as the ideal industrial destination in Oman that offers advanced infrastructure and logistics support. Salalah Free Zone looks set today to become a main driver of the Sultanate’s economy and a key enabler of national development.