UAE-based real estate developer Majid Al Futtaim Properties (MAF), a real estate developer based in UAE, is developing the Mall of Oman with an estimated investment of $467.5m.

Construction of the mall began in 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2021.

The Mall of Oman will feature 350 stores across a gross leasable area of 145,000m². Located at the new Madinat Al Irfan central business hub being developed by Oman near Muscat International Airport, it is set to be the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in the Sultanate of Oman.

This development is expected to create 1,500 construction jobs and approximately 3,500 operational jobs.

Mall of Oman features

The Mall of Oman is being developed as part of Oman’s Vision 2040, which aims to encourage economic diversification by raising the living standards of the residents of Muscat.

This shopping and entertainment complex will include the largest VOX cinemas in the sultanate, with more than 19 multi-screens, and a Magic Planet family entertainment centre. It will also include a 12,200m² Carrefour Hypermarket and an Abercrombie & Fitch apparel store.

"Features of the Mall of Oman include a 14,000m² indoor snow park and a 6,000m² leisure and entertainment centre. The mall will have 5,700 parking spaces.
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Majid Al Futtaim aims to secure Gold Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for the project. Upon its completion, the Mall of Oman is expected to be one of the most measurably eco-friendly structures in Oman.

Construction details

In August 2019, Majid Al Futtaim completed the construction of flyovers and roads connecting the complex to interchange six of the Muscat Expressway. Other major works completed include the Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC)’s primary substation.n.

The primary substation will energise the nine distribution substations across the complex, allowing the completion of the central cooling plant and the passage of wild air through the complex during the construction phase.

Extensive road upgrade works have been undertaken on interchange six to allow access to the complex. Four new bridges and an underpass were also constructed, in addition to extensive retaining walls and utility divisions. The new access roads will lead directly to the dedicated parking bays at the Mall of Oman.

More than 1km of 12m-tall retaining walls were constructed and road directional signage was installed.

Contractors involved in Mall of Oman development

Black & White (B&W) has been contracted to provide MEP load analysis, schematic design, and practical retail solutions to the complex. B&W is also designing the information and communications technology (ICT), background music (BGM) and security systems for the project.

Tekla is the supplier of Tekla BIMSight and IFC models while the Arabian International Company for Steel Structures (AIC) is responsible for supplying 8,200t of steel.

The joint venture of Consolidated Contractors Company (SP-CCC) and Shapoorji Pallonji Middle East was awarded the contract for the construction of the Mall of Oman. The JV subcontracted the Towell Engineering Group to provide a construction power supply connection.

A preliminary enabling works contract, as part of the construction phase, was awarded to Sarooj Construction and includes the construction of road infrastructure and major earthworks, as well as utility diversions.

AECOM provided lead consultancy services, as well as the design for building engineering and architecture.

The joint venture of Parsons/Infracad was selected as the engineering consultant.

The joint venture of Parsons/Infracad was engaged as the engineering consultant.

Financing

Majid Al Futtaim Properties signed a long-term finance agreement with the Bank of Muscat for the Mall of Oman project in September 2017.