History of Port Sultan Qaboos

The Sultanate of Oman is a sea-faring nation from time memorial given its geography and location. The country is flanked in the north by the Gulf of Oman, in the east & south by the Arabian Sea and in the west by United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Historically, the nation’s contact with the rest of the world is by sea that links it to foreign lands as well as the coastal towns of Oman. From time immemorial the ports in Oman have always been the important trade destinations for the sailors traversing the silk route. The nation’s history is intertwined with the history of its ports.

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During the reign of Sayyid Sultan bin Ahmed in the 18th century, Oman’s trading activity again increased and the capital area’s two harbors – Muscat & Mutrah – diversified, Mutrah was quickly established as a commercial port while Muscat was used for naval operations.

The ruler’s son Sayyid Said continued to expand maritime commerce although it again went into decline after his death in 1856. Maritime activity was limited to the import of essential items, mainly from India by old-style wooden dhows. Ships had to anchor offshore and sometimes wait for days before cargo could be unloaded manually into small boats.

This was all to change with the accession of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said who inaugurated a new era of maritime commerce and prosperity in Oman when His Majesty established Mina Qaboos (now Port Sultan Qaboos) in 1974.

Port Services Corporation (S.A.O.G) is Oman’s most experienced port operator managing the premier multi-purpose port at Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. PSQ is the gateway of the nation to the International Markets with shipping connectivity to the premier ports in the world.

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Port Services Corporation (S.A.O.G) (“The Corporation”) is registered as a Public Joint Stock Company in the Sultanate of Oman and established vide Royal Decree ’46 / 76’ issued on 17th November 1976 and registered at the Commercial Register of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under Commercial Registration No. 1/071670/0.

The Corporation manages and operates Port Sultan Qaboos (“The Port”) under a concession agreement with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. The boom in global trade fuels the demand for more sophisticated facilities by the trading community in Oman. Port Services Corporation beckons the shippers and consignees in Oman with cost-effective and viable solutions with developed infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities and services to facilitate quick delivery and turn round time for vessels, cargo / container and trucks.


The strategically located port continuous to remain relevant in the midst of the technological revolution in the International Port System through its progressive and proactive approach to meet the infrastructure needs of Oman in specific and International markets in general.

Towards providing its customers with the best facilities and on par with any international seaport, Port Services Corporation has invested substantially in state-of-the-art equipment, Information Technology and other facilities. These investments not only facilitate greater effectiveness in the management of its business but also succeed in building an excellent relationship with ship owners, their agents and port customers.

Port Sultan Qaboos - Navigating to the Future

Port Sultan Qaboos – Navigating to the Future

Port Services Corporation (S.A.O.G)
Office Address : Port Services Corporation (S.A.O.G);
Port Sultan Qaboos;
P.O.Box 133,P.Code: 100; Muscat
Sultanate of Oman.
Telephone : +968- 24714000/1/2/3/4/5/6 (6 Lines)
Fax : +968- 24714007
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Port Sultan Qaboos – At the Heart of Oman’s Maritime History