By Andy Sambidge
United Real Estate Company to build entertainment complex at new mall in Salalah
Kuwait's United Real Estate Company (URC) has announced that it has signed an agreement to build a cinema in a shopping mall in Oman.
The deal with City Cinema will see the fit out and management of a cinema complex within Salalah Gardens Mall in Salalah, URC's latest flagship project in Oman.
The agreement will provide Salalah Gardens Mall with a state-of-the-art three-screen multiplex facility, UDC said in a statement, adding that it should open by the end of the year.
The mall also features a high street retail area, food court, casual dining, cafes, traditional souq, and hypermarket.
URC is the leasing and marketing agent for the project and has leased to international names such as Carrefour, Nestle Tollhouse, The Body Shop, in addition to brands by Jamjoom Group.
Ali Hassan Moosa, general manager of URC Oman, said: "Our agreement with City Cinema allows Salalah Gardens Mall to provide the very best and latest in family entertainment.
"Our vision for Salalah Gardens Mall is the creation of an exceptional entertainment and shopping experience all under one roof, for families and tourists alike."
Aqeel Jawad Sultan, from City Cinema, added: "Cinema, as a leisure activity, is growing rapidly in Oman and this new 3-screen multiplex, with a seating capacity of 600 people, will provide Salalah Gardens Mall visitors with a wide selection of film entertainment."
Salalah Gardens Mall is the first combined mall and residence complex to be constructed in Oman's second largest city, Salalah.
Due to open in late 2012, the mall will include 168 serviced apartments.
City Cinema currently operates 15 screens in five locations across Oman.