UAE-based mall operator Majid Al Futtaim has opened its first community mall in Oman – My City Centre Sur, it announced on Tuesday.
With an investment of OMR15.2m ($39.5m), the mall in Sur features more than 50 retail outlets spread across 16,500 sqm and 484 parking spaces.
It features a Carrefour hypermarket, a Magic Planet family entertainment centre and other stores in fashion, jewellery, and cosmetics, including Centrepoint, Max Fashion, Pure Gold, Kryolan, and the Body Shop. Dining options include Mersal, Razmazaan, Gloria Jeans Café, and food court choices. The mall will also have service facilities including a money exchange, telecommunications providers, and pharmacies.
My City Centre Sur is expected to create more than 4,000 direct and indirect job opportunities in the surrounding area, a statement said.
The mall is part of Majid Al Futtaim’s strategy to increase its total investment in Oman to OMR705m (over $1.8bn) by 2020, which includes upcoming destinations OMR45m ($116.8m) City Centre Sohar and OMR275m ($714m) Mall of Oman.
City Centre Sohar, announced in August last year, will include 130 stores, a Carrefour hypermarket and a nine-screen Vox Cinema as well as dining and entertainment venues across 40,000 sqm of leasable space.
The company’s other properties in Oman include the recently upgraded City Centre Qurum and City Centre Muscat, which also underwent an OMR27m ($70m) expansion.
Majid Al Futtaim’s investment in Oman’s retail, leisure and entertainment infrastructure is in line with the country’s National Strategy for Tourism 2040, which targets a 6 per cent rise in the contribution of the tourism sector to GDP, and a near doubling of visitor numbers to five million annually.