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Construction of Oman’s largest mall to start next year
November 11, 2015 | 11:08 PM
by STAFF REPORTER
 
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Muscat: Construction work on the Mall of Oman, the largest retail and leisure destination of its kind in the country, will begin in the last quarter of 2016, according to Majid Al Futtaim, the developer of the mall.

The OMR180 million project, which will cover around 157,000 square metres of land in the Bausher area, is expected to be completed during the first half of 2020.

“It is something that we are proud of and looking forward to,” Husam Al Mandhari, senior mall manager at City Centre, Muscat, told reporters after a ceremony held to announce the completion of City Centre Muscat’s expansion project on Wednesday.

350 stores



The Mall of Oman will have more than 350 stores and aims to deliver a premium shopping experience, as well as entertainment and dining options that will appeal to residents, as well as the Sultanate’s growing number of tourists.

Al Futtaim said it wants the mall to be the Sultanate’s flagship destination for retail, leisure and entertainment, featuring a mix of popular and new brands making their national debut, as well as the design, aesthetics, accessibility, sustainability and interactive programming that will create great moments for everyone, everyday.



Al Mandhari had told the Times of Oman earlier that around 5,000 job opportunities will be created once the mall is complete.

Future Plans

Majid Al Futtaim also plans to invest further in Oman.

Since the launch of VOX Cinemas in City Centre Muscat in 2014, it has seen very positive customer demand and is looking at ways to increase the size and scope of this entertainment destination.

In addition, work is underway at City Centre Qurum to introduce an anchor tenant and increasing car parking in line with customer needs in that area.

Work is also progressing at My City Centre Sur, which Majid Al Futtaim announced in March 2015. The design has now been completed.

This is the first My City Centre property in Oman and is expected to open in the second half of 2017, following an estimated investment of OMR12 million.

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