VIDEO: Oman Avenues shopping Mall inaugurated
May 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The mall was recently renamed the Oman Avenues Mall keeping in mind the local centric population and patrons for the mall.Photo-Times of Oman

Muscat: Oman Avenues Mall, the Sultanate's newest shopping destination, was opened to the public on Monday. Yusuff Ali, MA, managing director, Lulu Group, along with other key members of the Lulu management was present during the inauguration.

Speaking to the Times of Oman, Gogi George, head of the development and leasing department for Lulu Group, Oman, said the mall could accommodate more than 200 brands under its roof.

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"Today we are having a soft launch of the mall where around 60 brands were opened to the public," he said.

By October, he hopes all the outlets will be opened for Oman residents other than the cinema.

"Around 40 per cent of the brands will be present for the first time in Oman," he said.

The five -storeyed mall with 80,000 square metres of leasable area, a wide variety of retail stores and a host of facilities, is home to a mix of local, high-street and posh international brands.

"We have around 3,400 parking bays divided equally between the basement and the surface parking to help shoppers. It is located at the junction of the Ghubra-Bausher signal," he added.

The mall was recently renamed the Oman Avenues Mall keeping in mind the local centric population and patrons for the mall.

"We are expecting around 40,000 to 50,000 people every day and will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.," he said.

A symbiotic blend catering to the needs of shopping enthusiasts on the one hand and entertainment seekers on the other, the mall showcases an array of new as well as prominent brands from across the world.

"There will be also the largest indoor entertainment area, which will have the largest cinema houses in Oman," said George.

Talking about the new brands he said several new ones will be opening outlets in the mall including Glossip Milano, Bottega Verde and Boots UK Limited, a leading pharmacy chain in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and many others.

A large food court with popular names serving cuisine from all over the world, to a well-equipped play area for the comfort of children, the mall has amenities to suit the needs of all shoppers and also includes the existing 20,000-square metre Lulu hypermarket for all the daily needs.

The mall will also have extensive facilities for party halls, a convention centre and one of the largest health clubs in the Sultanate.

"With more and more retailers set to open their stores in the near future, we promise to keep alive the same excitement and all-around buzz that the grand opening saw. It gives us the confidence that the Oman Avenues Mall is going to set a benchmark in the retail mall sector. Not only will it be a one-of-a-kind shopping destination for customers, but it will also provide a strong platform for brands from across the world to get due recognition in the Oman market," said Yusuff Ali, MA.

"Under the visionary leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the kind support of the Omani government, Oman has proved to be an excellent land for growth of new business ventures and we are honoured to be humble contributors

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