Majid al Futtaim’s Mall of Oman will open its doors to the public in September 2021 boosting the local economy by creating 3,500 jobs. The company recently held a virtual event that brought over 200 retailers together, giving the future tenants an opportunity to explore a transformational development for the future of retail in Muscat.
Husam al Mandhari, director of shopping malls at Majid al Futtaim Properties in Oman, welcomed partners and updated the tenants on the latest developments. It was the first time Majid al Futtaim showcased the exterior and interior of the mall for tenants to explore virtually. Tenants were also given additional information about how they will be supported by the retail design and delivery team to deliver best-in-class store fit outs.
Mall of Oman will become Majid al Futtaim’s fifth and largest shopping and entertainment destination in Oman, with 140,000sqm of retail space. Comprising over 350 retail outlets, including 55 dining options (from restaurants to cafes), the mall will house a range of entertainment and leisure offerings for all ages. These include Oman’s largest VOX Cinemas with 15 screens, the first GOLD experience in Oman, a 3D cinema, KIDS and IMAX experiences; the largest indoor snow park in the sultanate spread over 14,000sqm; and the largest Magic Planet in the country, featuring rides, games and attractions for the whole family.
As a premier shopping destination, the mall will feature world-class brands from leading regional retail companies such as Max Fashion and Centrepoint from the Landmark group; Hollister from Majid al Futtaim; Marks & Spencer from Al Futtaim Group; LC Waikiki, R&B and SMYK from the Apparel group; and brands by the Al Shamsi group.
In addition, Mall of Oman will include outlets of Homes R Us, Matalan, Sharaf DG, and a 12,200sqm Carrefour Hypermarket, as well as new and exclusive concepts such as Dior Boutique, Under Armour, Decathlon, 2XL Furniture, Lefties, L’Occitane en Provence, New Yorker and more.
On the occasion, Mandhari said, “Through the launch of Mall of Oman, customers will be immersed in engaging shopping and entertainment experiences. And for the first time ever, the largest indoor snow park, VOX Cinemas and Magic Planet will all be found in one location, bringing everyone closer to creating lasting memories. We also look forward to pairing our incredible Tamheen graduates with our latest retail partners in time for the grand opening, providing new job opportunities to many.”
The mall will play a significant role in supporting local communities by enhancing the sultanate’s retail and entertainment offerings for both residents and tourists.
As part of its economic contribution to the country, Majid al Futtaim will also support with the upskilling of Omani nationals by preparing them for a potential career in the retail industry through Tamheen – an initiative in collaboration with The Retail Academy. The academy will provide numerous opportunities such as screenings and recruitment events, tailor-made training programmes, along with after-care services, counselling and mentorship for new Omani recruits.