Muscat: Al Raid Group, announced the celebrated the completion of Oman’s largest integrated retail and entertainment destination, Al Araimi Boulevard, which will now start its operational trials prior to be opened to the public and visitors in December 2018.
Sheikh Raid bin Abdullah al Araimi, Vice Chairman of Al Raid Group, said, “The completion of this project is a clear evidence that Omani companies are able to carry out large projects with international standards. It is a strategic project that sets the benchmark for the world of shopping and entertainment in the Sultanate of Oman and the world. It is a 100% Omani owned project and Al-Raid Group is proud the project has achieved its national objectives by embodying the role of the private sector in the process of comprehensive development.
Al Raid Group has also allocated $ 1 billion over five years to invest in the rapidly growing retail, leisure and tourism sectors in the Sultanate, and is moving forward with the announcement of other large and national projects such as the “Al Araimi Walk, which has been announced to be completed by 2020.
Al Araimi Boulevard will provide an exceptional experience for all visitors and shoppers. It will be a comprehensive and integrated shopping center for families, who want to explore everything new in the world of retail, entertainment, and dinning be it Omani or international cuisines, as well as enjoying the facilities and recreational activities in a fun-filled ambiance.
The Vice Chairman further adds that “In addition to hosting a unique shopping environment, Al Araimi Boulevard will provide more than 3000 direct and indirect job opportunities for Omanis. We also support Omani entrepreneurs by enabling them to launch their SME’s with competitive rental rates, which are not available in any other project in the Sultanate”. The support of Omani youth is the approach of the group, “we believe it is important to guide them towards self-employment, which will enhance the culture of entrepreneurship which shall benefit everyone”.
The project, currently in an operational trial phase is also providing time for tenants to complete their store fit outs. It will give an opportunity to test all the operational capabilities of the project, in order to have an outstanding service throughout for visitors by December 2018.
The mall is inspired by the beauty of Oman and its diverse landscape, offering an ideal destination that meets the expectations of families and youth, it has been recognized as one of 25 malls that will shape the future of retail. Which reinforces the Sultanate’s position globally as a shopping destination and strengthening Al-Raid Groups position as an Omani Developer that contributes to national growth.
The project, which is the first of its kind in the Sultanate, combines state-of-the-art technology with contemporary designs and unique concepts to represent a world-class facility. The shopping center will include several fashion boutiques offering a variety of selections that meet the needs of fashion and shopping enthusiasts. It will offer high-end international brands providing visitors with an exceptional and memorable shopping experience. There will also be a variety of entertainment experiences, including cinema screens, a trampoline park, a virtual reality center as well as the largest Family entertainment center in the Sultanate. The project will also allow young talented artists to showcase their work in a gallery,dedicated to hosting local and international artists.
“Al-Araimi Boulevard” is designed in association between Arab Engineering Bureau, Design International and Kiosks. It is built in an exceptionally beautiful modern style that transforms the entire shopping experience. It consists of two floors, providing spaces for water features, fountains and other unique features like green landscaped areas. It is the first environmentally friendly shopping center in Oman. It has the largest glass dome that allows daylight to enter without heat.
“Al-Araimi Boulevard” is strategically located in Al Khoud, offering easy access from various directions via modern developed road network connecting to Sultan Qaboos Road, Al-Furousiya Intersection and Alsalam Road. The surrounding area is experiencing significant urban and commercial growth, making it one of the largest and unique architectural and commercial landmarks in Muscat.
The estimated cost of “Al-Araimi Boulevard” is 62 million Omani Riyals, with a built up area of 187,000 square meters. It provides a leasable space of 75,000 square meters and more than 210 stores ranging from 70-160 square meters. It has a family entertainment center of 6,000 square meters. There will be 10 cinema screens in addition to a Carrefour hypermarket which will occupy an area of 10,000 square meters. It will also be home to 20 casual dining restaurants with an impressive food court that seats up to 1200 people. There are 3,000 car parks available at the mall.
The name of the project carries the surname of Al Raid group chairman ‘Sheikh Abdullah Ali Al Araimi’ and the word ‘Boulevard’ takes inspiration from the spacious interior corridor and the outer walkway to the high-end restaurants. The space has been designed to create a unique experience enabling the visitors of the luxury restaurants to enjoy a beautiful outdoor atmosphere amidst the water fountains, lush trees, and unique promenade.