The collaboration will see a tree planting initiative that will further the principle of ecological protection and management, alongside ensuring all the operations of SOHAR are in compliance with Oman’s sustainability objectives.

The signing ceremony took place on July 17 at the Sohar University, with Suwaid Al Shemaisi, Executive Manager of Corporate Affairs at SOHAR representing the Port and Freezone.

We are extremely proud to be working alongside Sohar University and Qualies on this fruitful endeavour, which will play a critical role in safeguarding the natural resources at SOHAR and creating a better future for generations to come,

...said Suwaid Al Shemaisi.

The unique project is capable of producing several varieties of plants, and harnesses state-of-the-art technologies to generate its own electricity and desalination processes through solar power.

The seeds of native trees will be nurtured at a greenhouse facility, housed at Sohar University, by utilising hydroponic technologies.

Upon reaching maturity, the budding florae will be transplanted to SOHAR using Groasis Waterboxxes, which will stimulate plant growth in harsh environments.

This venture will also further our journey towards becoming a greener port and free zone complex,

...Al Shemaisi added.

The planting is expected to take place by the end of the year and will see close engagement with local schools and the community in Sohar.

In April 2019, SOHAR entered into a land lease agreement with Shell Development Oman (SDO), in order to tap into the Sultanate’s renewable energy potential. This means that businesses in the SOHAR Freezone could be powered by solar photovoltaic (PV) projects instead of gas.