Work starts on shopping complex for Oman military
New 460,000m2, $20.5m facility to be delivered by April 2014
Work has begun on the new 460,000m2 Military Shopping Complex being built in Oman.
A foundation stone was laid at the $20.8m (OR: 8m) scheme by Oman's undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence, Mohammed bin Nasser al-Rabsi, to mark the start on site of the centre.
The 460,000m2 complex is being built by a local contractor and will contain a mall, stores, restaurants, entertainment areas, childrens' play areas and an administrative office and prayer hall. The complex will be completed in April next year.
According to the Oman News Agency, the undersecretary said the project was aimed at providing goods, basic necessities and amenities for the Sultan's armed forces. A deal has yet to be struck with an operator to manage and run the mall, but a board has been set up to monitor the tender process.
Col Ali bin Rashid al-Jabri, a deputy director who looks after procurement for the Technical Affairs department, said that the project us being built in an area which is ripe for future expansion. The mall is being built at Mua'askar Al Murtafa'ah, near Burj Al Sahwa, which is a major crossroads heading towards Muscat.