Majid Al Futtaim builds Sohar City Centre in Oman
Shopping centre is due to open its doors in the last quarter of 2011
Majid Al Futtaim Group, a leading retail and leisure pioneer in the Middle East, has announced its third City Centre project in Oman.
The mixed-use community of shops, entertainment and hotels will be located in the Sultanate’s second-largest city, Sohar, and is due to open its doors in the last quarter of 2011. Sohar City Centre joins the group’s successful Muscat City Centre and the recently-opened Qurum City Centre shopping malls in the capital.
Sohar City Centre will feature a new Magic Planet for families, over a hundred stores, a food court and two hotels, namely Ibis and Novotel. The centre will also introduce Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer, to Sohar. Sohar City Centre will face the main UAE-to-Muscat highway, just 500m from the main Sallan roundabout leading to the residential and commercial areas of the city and the port of Sohar.
Shahram Shamsaee, senior vice-president: shopping malls at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, says the new development will introduce a unique retail experience for Sohar residents and visitors from the neighboring districts. “Oman has seen real growth in the past few years, and Sohar has risen in popularity as well as population. The timing for the Sohar City Centre is perfect,” he said.
The Sohar Industrial Port is the fastest growing industrial hub in the region, and is attracting a large number of investors. “This new development is part of our overall strategy and plan to expand our very successful City Centre franchise in the region. Our shopping malls are designed for customers needs; we approach every detail of our projects with the consumer in mind,” said Shamsaee.
The Sohar City Centre is being designed by architects Broadway Malyan and Atkins. It will feature a contemporary design embellished with local Omani characteristics to create a local ambience.