(صحار) is a city located in the Al Batinah Region
of the Sultanate of Oman
, 240 kilometers
north-west of the capital Muscat
Sohar was an ancient capital of Oman. Many believe Sohar to be the birthplace of Sindbad the Sailor
. It has a rich sailing history. Sohar is traditionally a fishing town and has a fish souk
The town is close to ancient copper mines and Jebel Akhdar (the Green Mountain), the tallest mountain in Oman. It is also fairly close to the fort-towns of Ibri, Nakhl, Rustaq and Nizwa.
The Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC) operates the Sohar port, which was established in 2002 and is located east of the Strait of Hormuz. The Port of Sohar is not a free trade zone, unlike the Jebel ali free zone in the United Arab Emirates, located about 250 kilometers north-west of Sohar. Sohar Port is a world class port. With current investments exceeding $12 billion, it is one of the world’s largest port development projects.