Mall of Muscat
MALL OF MUSCAT ATTRACTS VISITORS FROM ACROSS OMAN & REGION
Muscat residents have now a new Mall in the heart of Muscat city which is already opened this year 2019. Developers Al Jarwani and Tamani Global for Development and Investment have developed a new unique commercial and retail project called Mall of Muscat previously known as Palm Mall. This is in addition to the construction at the Sundus Rotana Hotel near Muscat International Airport which is recently opened.
Mall of Muscat will help facilitated to the growth of Oman’s economy and tourism through the creation of more than 5,000 direct and 2,000 indirect jobs.
Mall of Muscat is located in Mabellah and conveniently situated between the Muscat Expressway and Highway 1. It will contain the much-anticipated Oman Aquarium. This will be the largest aquarium in the Middle East at 8,000 sqm which promises to deliver fun and excitement alongside education and conservation projects; an enormous Snow Park brilliantly designed over an area of 5,600 sqm will appeal to all ages;
Mall of Muscat has a dedicated outdoor dining ‘street’ and in excess of 200 shops offering shoppers specialised international brands that will only be available within Mall of Muscat. The mall is on track to open in the last quarter of 2018.
More than 400,000 people from different nationalities visited Mall of Muscat during the Eid al Fitr holidays. Speaking to Muscat Daily, Abdullah al Jarwani, member, board of directors, Mall of Muscat, said, “Mall of Muscat received more than 400,000 visitors from different nationalities during the Eid holidays. We are proud of this achievement because we attracted a lot of residents, citizens and tourists to the mall.”
Muscat Mall officials said the number of citizens and residents who travelled to some of the neighbouring countries to spend Eid holiday this time was less than in previous years. “We have put in a lot of effort and spent money for our visitors who bring good economic returns to the country.”
Several shops have been opened and the Snow Village will open by the end of this year. We seek to offer many entertainment programmes to attract thousands of tourists, citizens and residents.”
Jarwani added, “Many people came to enjoy shopping and the aquarium. We have the largest aquarium in the Middle East. The aquarium contains 3mn litres of water, 50 plus exhibits and over 30,000 animals. We have a good number of beautiful fish, sharks, rays, octopus, etc.” About the material used in the aquarium, he said, “In total we have installed 92 acrylic panels which amount to a total weight of 81 tonnes.”
Muscat Mall's aquarium is also collaborating with educational institutions and studying coral relocation and growth rates of a number of Omani coral species.
“Muscat Mall is also looking at fecundity and breeding behaviours of Amphiprion omanensis, which is a clownfish species. It is specific to Oman and only found in a few areas of Dhofar and Masirah Island,” Jarwani said.