Majid Al Futtaim, one of the leading shopping malls in the region, said the construction of Mall of Oman – Oman’s fifth and largest destination for modern life – is on track, completing two notable infrastructure achievements.
Scheduled to open on March 2021, the Mall of Oman has confirmed the delivery of new roads and bridges, linking the commercial centre with interchange 6 on the Muscat highway, and completing the Muscat Main Power Distribution Station (MEDC).
The Mall of Oman will be the largest project of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman and will feature 145,000 square metres of shopping space, a variety of restaurants and a range of exciting lifestyle experiences. The mall will also include the largest VOX cinemas in Oman, the Magic Planet family entertainment centre, the Carrefour Hypermarket with an area of 12,200 metres, and the largest indoor ice park in the Sultanate.
The development of Mall of Oman is expected to contribute to the Sultanate’s Vision 2040 on economic diversification by creating jobs and raising the standard of living of its citizens and residents.
Ghaith Shocair, chief executive officer Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls said that the tourism and retail sectors are integral to Oman’s economy and are poised to drive economic growth and contribute to diversification in the country. These objectives are aligned with Vision 2040 and they are privileged to be able to contribute to this vision as long-term partners and investors.
Through the development of Mall of Oman, they continue to contribute to the growth of the local tourism industry and enable the creation of job opportunities for residents during and after construction. He added that the development project of this size and scope benefits the citizens and residents of the Sultanate of Oman and will contribute positively to the economic and social development in the Sultanate.
To facilitate access to the mall, the comprehensive roads upgrade to junction 6 on the Muscat highway was completed, along with four new bridges and an underground tunnel serving the mall. In addition, retaining walls and utility sections were completed to facilitate the work.
The new access will add to the convenience of visiting the mall as it will lead directly to 5200 parking spaces. There is now more than one kilometre of 12 metre high retaining walls, as well as the initial directional signs of the Mall of Oman.
The newly completed and activated MEDC substation will allow the nine distribution stations in the mall to be activated gradually, allowing the completion of the central cooling plant and the introduction of ground air into the mall.