Al Raid Group has launched the largest retailtainment project in Oman. Al Araimi Walk will include a range of attractions alongside the nation’s first outlet mall.
Al Araimi Walk in Barka is set to open in September 2020. The 240,000 sqm development will become Oman’s largest retailtainment destination and the Sultanate’s first outlet mall.
The project will include 164 retail outlets alongside 42 food and drink outlets. There will be seven entertainment parks, a hypermarket, and an IMAX cinema. The shopping area offers various moods, as fragrance diffusers and music set the scene in five major sections:
- The Forest – natural elements mix with a play of light and shadow.
- The Oasis – water is the major feature here, offering a spacious seating area for relaxation.
- The Mountain – featuring plant-filled terraces.
- The City – diversity is the key aspect here, featuring the Palazzo and a host of pop-up stores.
- The Marketplace – a multitude of kiosks and street food stores.
Massive array of retailtainment options
The new mall will also include a wide range of attractions including an indoor waterpark and a trampoline park. A snow village and ice-skating rink will provide cool entertainment. A virtual reality zone and family entertainment zone are also planned. A wall climbing adventure and a children’s adventure activity zone are also on the cards.
A 400-metre façade on the main way eases direct access to the mall’s extensive 5,400 space parking area. It is expected to have a footfall of 10 million and offer leasing space of 140,000 sqm.
“Having a sprawling tree-lined promenade, a hi-tech digital park, gourmet restaurants, world-class designer brands and a lot more; each and every aspect of Al Araimi Walk will exemplify and reflect the essence of refined taste, and the innovative spirit of the Al Raid Group,” says Sheikh Abdullah Al Araimi, vice chairman of the Al Raid Group. “It is our endeavour to become the nation’s number one destination for families, tourists and shoppers,” he continues. “Our goal is also to offer retailers the choice of selecting a strategic partner who will bring them closer to the consumer.”
The company say that Al Araimi Walk will be a valuable addition to the Al Batinah region. In the past residents had to travel miles to shop and dine. The Al Batinah Expressway offers easy access from other parts of Oman.
The project will create jobs in the region and, furthermore, will act as a platform for entrepreneurs seeking to start businesses in a world-class environment.
Al Araimi Walk forms part of Al Raid Group’s pledge to invest US$1 billion in Oman’s retail and hospitality sectors over the next five years. Al Araimi Boulevard opens in Al Seeb in September 2018.
The Al Raid Group was founded in 1974 by Sheikh Abdullah Al Araimi. It has a firm foundation in real estate development and asset management and has emerged as a specialist developer of futuristic shopping malls and leisure destinations in Oman.
Construction on Al Araimi Walk is scheduled to start next month. The property is slated to open by September 2020.