Majid Al Futtaim – a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has signed an agreement with Omantel, Oman’s first telecoms operator and provider of internet services.
The agreement involves Omantel building an onsite, leading-edge voice and data network to support the Mall of Oman, which is currently under construction in the Sultanate.
Given the number of ‘firsts’ being created by Mall of Oman – the country’s first snow-park, with an 8,000 sqm play area; the largest VOX Cinemas; a 12,200 sqm Carrefour; a Little Explorers edu-tainment centre; and a 2,965 sqm Magic Planet – demand for WiFi and network access to share visitors’ great moments will require Omantel’s fastest and most consistent telecommunications offering.
When open in 2020, the estimated OMR 275 million Mall of Oman will feature services including fixed voice and data services, and mobile voice and high speed broadband connectivity for its more than 350 retail and 20 dining outlets across a 137,000 sqm leasable space, all delivered via the dedicated Omantel network.
“Majid Al Futtaim’s track record as a leading developer is due in part to our collaboration with best-in-class service providers around the region. The speed and reliability of Mall of Oman’s connectivity is key to its role as a flagship lifestyle destination, and Omantel is the ideal partner to develop this bespoke communications network,” said Talib Omar Al Balushi, Oman Country Head, Majid Al Futtaim Properties. “As evidenced by social media, Majid Al Futtaim is bringing our vision of creating great moments for everyone, everyday, to life for residents and tourists through our existing properties in the Sultanate, and our visitors will benefit tremendously from the bespoke network intended for Mall of Oman.”
Talal Said Al Mamari, CEO, Omantel, said, “Omantel’s collaboration with Mall of Oman is part of our pioneering effort to provide optimum connectivity and accessibility for the country’s residents and its growing tourism sector. We support innovation in the new retailing and entertainment concepts being created by Majid Al Futtaim, and the diversification of the private sector through the growth of lifestyle destinations such as Mall of Oman.”
He added, “Developing a bespoke network for Oman’s largest retail and entertainment hub motivates Omantel to deliver even higher levels of quality services to exceed our clients’ expectations, in line with our 3.0 transformation strategy.”