Construction of Mall of Oman on track, set to open in March 2021
Roads and flyovers connecting the mall to Muscat Expressway’s Interchange No 6 and MEDC primary substation are completed
UAE-based multibillion conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim has revealed that construction work on the Mall of Oman – the group’s fifth and biggest lifestyle destination – is on track, with the development having hit two major infrastructure milestones including completion and delivery of roads and flyovers which now connect the mall to Muscat Expressway’s Interchange No 6 and Muscat Electricity Distribution Company’s (MEDC) primary substation.
In a statement, the company said that as part of the infrastructure work on the interchange, four new bridges and an underpass have also been completed. Mall visitors will be able to directly enter the parking area, which has 5,200 car-resting bays.
Building works on more than a kilometre of 12m-high retaining walls, and installation of road direction signboards for the mall have also been completed.
The MEDC primary substation will keep the nine distribution substations in the mall running, and will facilitate the completion of the central cooling plant.
Scheduled to open in March 2021, the Mall of Oman will have a retail space spanning 14.5h and is set to feature a number of dining outlets along with the Sultanate’s largest Vox Cinemas and indoor snow park, Magic Planet family entertainment centre, and a 1.2ha Carrefour Hypermarket.
The development of Mall of Oman, which previously had a projected opening in 2020, is expected to contribute to the Sultanate’s Vision 2040 on economic diversification by creating meaningful job opportunities and raising the living standard of its citizens and residents.
Speaking about the project, chief executive office of Majid Al Futtaim shopping malls, Ghaith Shocair, said: “By developing Mall of Oman, we continue to contribute to the growth of the local tourism industry and enable job creation for residents both during and post construction.”