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Al Raid to open $163m Westfield style mall in Oman

Unique Contracting Company, has been appointed as the main contractor, work on the mall has already begun with completion expected by September 2018

Developer Al Raid Group has been inspired by the London shopping malls created by Australian retail giant, Westfield.
Developer Al Raid Group has been inspired by the London shopping malls created by Australian retail giant, Westfield.

Omani real estate developer, Al Raid Group, is bringing a Westfield style shopping to the region with the launch of the $162.8m (OMR62.6m) Al Araimi Boulevard.

Contracting firm, Unique Contracting Company, has been awarded the main construction contract. Construction on the mall has begun with completion expected by September 2018.

Arab Engineering Bureau has designed Al Araimi Boulevard, with Kaosys, a boutique design house, providing for the development.

The two teams, along with Saraya, the design arm of Al Raid Group are managing and overseeing the whole design process.

Dubbed, the Westfield of Oman, and located in the coastal suburb of Al Khoud in Muscat, the development will be set over two floors, and will spread across 14.72ha is build up area.

The mall will house the biggest food court and the largest glass atrium in Oman, and will provide a 7.05ha of leasable area.

In association with Davide Padoa, CEO of Design International, Al Raid Group will be creating a new landmark in Oman.

Developer Al Raid Group has been inspired by the iconic London shopping malls created by Australian retail giant, Westfield, and has sought to create a fusion of a retail and leisure destination tailored to the local needs of the Oman retail market.

The mall’s canopied entrance will have a 15.2m high wall of glass providing views into the mall, with doors at the base.

Al Araimi Boulevard will offer 6,000m2 entertainment area dedicated to both education and amusement, with a large interactive learning area, sitting alongside space for live shows and exciting performances.

It will also feature a 10-screen cinema complex complete with 4DX cinema screens, a 1ha hypermarket, 14 outdoor restaurants, and five individual VIP glass walled fine-dinning spaces.

Al Araimi Boulevard will also include Oman’s largest food court, a 1,200-seat dining hall with 20 food and beverage outlets. 

The mall will have 3,000 parking bays, which will make use of a smart phone app that assist in finding a parking spot, instead allowing visitors to secure parking spaces in advance of their trip. 

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