South Al Batinah Governorate has received a large number of expressions of interest in running a proposed intermodal dry port to be built at the South Al Batinah Logistics Area (SABLA). Later this year the successful bidder will be awarded a license for the lease and operation of the facility. The winner will be chosen by a panel of a number of high ranked officials in Oman in the coming months. The dry port will be a hub between road and rail, and will be around 120 hectares in size. With customs and other port facilities, goods will be able to clear into Oman from SABLA, having come from Sohar Port and overland from other countries that will be part of the GCC Railway Network. The first phase of operation will be for road transport only. SABLA lies on the intersection of two major Expressways across the country, the Barka – Nakhl and the Muscat – Batinah roads. When the new railway is constructed in the coming years, the logistics hub will provide the facility for intermodal exchange between road and rail.