Oman’s Defense Ministry is partnering with UAE based Lulu Group for running hypermarket at the Military Commercial Complex near Muscat. The new retail shopping center will contribute to the morale of the employees of the Ministry of defence and the armed forces was officially inaugurated by Badr bin Saud Al Busaidi, Oman Minister of Defence. The new complex is prominently located near the defence camp and close to arterial roads to Muscat.
Mohamed bin Nasser AL-Rasby, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces, Commanders and Senior Officers of the Armed Forces were present on the occasion. Yusuff Ali MA, Managing Director of Lulu Group, which runs the hypermarket was also present.
The Mall is designed to provide the goods and basic necessities and luxuries at preferential rates for the employees of the Ministry of defence and the armed forces, and will serve as a large commercial market with many recreational and service facilities. The complex was designed to serve all sections of society, taking into account future expansions and other support projects.
Built over 9160 Sq. meters the mall consists of a supermarket selling food of all kinds and types in addition to vegetables and fruit fresh and hot food and bakery, the complex also includes 22 outlets for diverse brands that fulfills the needs of shoppers from various categories. In addition there is a children's play corner and spacious food court that is approx. 1685 square meters, and with 6 restaurants providing indoor and outdoor seating . The store has prayer facilities for men and one for women, each of them approx. 150 sq. mtrs. there is also a vast car park that with 1600 holds, with dedicated slots for the disabled and elderly.
The complex is managed by Lulu Group which has extensive experience in operating and managing such complexes with presence across the Wilayats of the Sultanate which will make it easier for the employees of the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces to take advantage of this. A team has been formed to oversee the functioning of the complex and follow prices and ensure the quality of services provided.
As a first stage a preferential price will be offered on some commodities for commissioned officers and civilian and military personnel including retired employees of the Ministry of defence and the armed forces, who will be the beneficiary of a special Membership Card.
Symbolically, the inauguration of the store was marked with the launch of the Ministry of Defence Membership Benefit Card. Other important attendees to the event were key delegates from the Ministry of Defence, prominent businessmen from different sectors and various officials from the Lulu management.
Speaking after inauguration, Yusuff Ali MA, said “Lulu has become an integral part of Oman’s landscape over the last few years and we are committed to extending our footprint with plans to open 5 new stores in the next 18 months. This has been made possible only because of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the Government’s vision and policies which encourages and provides a conducive environment for businesses and deserves a special mention”. The faith that has been bestowed upon us has translated into growth and has been a motivation for us to strive and do better. The inauguration of the Al Bandar – Lulu Complex at Mawelah branch is a matter of great pride for us as we join hands in a collaborative manner with the Oman’s Ministry of Defence, he added.”