Al Jarwani, Swissport to provide ground handling services at Muscat airport
Muscat - GRAND MILLENIUM HOTEL
Swissport International and Al Jarwani Group signed a joint venture agreement in Muscat last week to provide ground handling services to airlines at Muscat International Airport.
“With this new engagement, Swissport International demonstrates not only its commitment to the Gulf region, but also to Oman as a main regional hub,” stated the company that provides ground services for around 230mn passengers and handles 4.1mn tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 835 client-companies in the aviation sector.
Oman is the second GCC country in which Swissport International operates after having established its business in Saudi Arabia in May 2016.
“Al Jarwani Group will contribute largely through its long-standing and successful experience and expertise in managing businesses in Oman.
“Both companies are excited about the partnership and are looking forward to building and growing a successful venture by providing best-in-class ground handling services to airlines in Muscat,” Swissport said in a statement.
With the state-of-the-art Muscat Airport Terminal under construction, Oman is likely to become a significant hub for both travellers transiting through the region as well as the growing tourism industry.
In June, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) awarded ground handling services contract to Swissport International and an Oman Air and Menzies Aviation joint venture. The two companies will provide services to Muscat International Airport for a period of ten years, beginning January 2017.
A senior OAMC official was then quoted as saying, “Aligning with our vision to be ranked among the top 20 airports in the world by 2020, it is our pleasure to announce these strategic partnerships with Swissport International and the Oman Air/ Menzies Aviation joint venture.”Al Jarwani Group Signs a partnership agreement with Swissport International Ltd.
AlJarwani Group signs a partnership agreement with Swissport International Ltd. to establish a local company to support ground handling services to Oman Airports
Bait Al Reem - Muscat
Swissport International Ltd. and AlJarwani Group signed a JV agreement to establish an Omani company under the name of "Swissport Oman" to provide ground handling services at Muscat International Airport.
Earlier this year Swissport has been awarded with the 2nd ground handling license from Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC). The partnership strives to deliver the highest standards in terms of quality and efficient performance supported by the latest applications and equipment in ground handling services.
The agreement was signed by Sheikh Mahmoud Al Jarwani, Chairman of Al Jarwani Group, while signed by Swissport Mr. Mark Skinner, Senior Vice President Middle East and Africa and Mr. Matthias Pape, Senior Vice President Business Development.
In this context, Sheikh Mahmoud Jarwani Chairman of the group, stated that we are delighted to partner with Swissport International to deliver their services for Oman Airports, there is no doubt that the entry of Swissport to Omani market as a global leader in the R03;R03;ground handling will contribute to raising the ceiling of quality and competition, and provide high class services worthy of the status of the Sultanate prestigious position, and of course partnering with us demonstrate the confidence that they had in our group.
Jarwani continued “We have a shared vision to provide high-quality services, we consider Muscat International Airport is the first experience for all travelers travelling to and through Oman, we feel obliged to contribute to the creation of this positive impression to reflect the Omani values of hospitality and the standard of services”.
He said, among our priorities we have a commitment with Swissport to do a knowledge transfer and to prepare and qualify Omanis to work efficiently in this sector, also noted that we have a shared responsibility with the Oman Airports Management in realizing their vision for Muscat International Airport to be among the top twenty airports in the world by 2020, in terms of quality and operational efficiency.
In this context Mark Skinner, Senior Vice President Middle East & Africa, expressed his contentment for the partnership agreement with AlJarwani Group and stated that he has confidence that this partnership will enhance the quality of operation and will provide value-added services to all Swissport clients in Oman.
Matthias Pape, Senior Vice President Business Development at Swissport stated, “we are looking forward to the start-up and have been working in the past months to ensure our readiness for the upcoming operation”.
Foundation stone ceremony for "Palm Mall Sohar"
Under the patronage of H.H Sultan Bin Salim Al Habsi / Secretary general of the Supreme Council for Planning, Saturday 5th of Mars 2016 was the Foundation Stone laying ceremony of Palm Mall Sohar.
Al Jarwani Group is developing again a new premier destination & associated facilities at Sohar to provide a truly international Retails, entertainment and leisure experience for customers in Sohar.
The Project is proposed to be built up on a plot of land measuring approximately 55,500 sqm, with a total built up area of 35,000 sqm to be developed with total investment to be close to 15-16 million Omani Rials.
Hypermarket by Lulu.
65 Number of retail Line stores.
5-7 Number Speciality restaurants + Café’s.
Family Entertainment Centre – Faby Land by Al Othaim Group.
8 Screen Cinemas.
Food court with 8-10 F&B outlets.
Ancillary facilities like toilets, prayer room etc.
500 Convenient Car parks.
THREE STAR BUSINESS HOTEL & BUSINESS CENTRE
Second phase of development will be a 3 star business hotel with provision for business centre in 2 floors consisting of approximately 75 offices. Total investment will be approximately OMR 8 million (Rials Omani Eight Million only).
A 3 star Business Hotel catering to business and domestic and inbound leisure travelers, which includes the following facilities:
Food & beverage facilities including an all-day dining restaurant, specialty restaurant, lounge etc..
Pool and recreational facilities.
Fully furnished serviced offices.
The Palm Mall project - SOHAR will therefore help to create:
Creation of 1500 Direct & indirect employment opportunities.
Income which is currently being spent elsewhere, would be retained within the country & also boost Income through foreign exchange.
Leisure and entertainment for local residents would be one of the highlights.
The Project is proposed to be developed in essentially with the following components.
Area for various components is listed below:
10,000 Sq Mts of Hypermarket
2000 Sq Mts of Cinema (8 Screens)
3000 Sq Mts of Family Entertainment Center
1500 Sq Mts of Food Court
3200 Sq Mts for 2 Major Anchor Stores
5000 Sq Mts for Signature Stores
1000 Sq Mts of Fine Dine Restaurant
Shopping Mall will serve as a destination for retailers, for a comfortable shopping experience, enriching it with leisure activities.
Al Jarwani Group along with Tamani Global for Development & Investment, gains the necessary licenses for the establishment of the first World Trade Center in the Sultanate
Muscat-Bait AlReem: Al Jarwani Group with Tamani Global for development and investment has successfully acquired exclusive World Trade Centre License to execute the first WTC in the Sultanate of Oman – WTC Muscat. The official signing ceremony will be conducted by next month in the presence of representatives from WTC association.
WTC Muscat will be the first of its kind in Oman, where it will host companies and services under one umbrella. We are quite confident that the WTC concept is an extremely unique one and is an absolute necessity which will cater to the specific needs of investors, local government authorities, private holding companies and the general public at large. Since Oman doesn’t have a World Trade Centre, we will be the first to offer the integrated services, which will reshape the whole scenario of Muscat. We intend to provide services under 8 broad categories and incorporate in the proposed WTC Muscat.
As economic development platforms, WTCs raise the international profile of a city or region. They represent a global network of active and planned locations in 330+ cities in 100 countries that work to create competitive advantage for businesses conducting international trade.
The WTC brand is known around the world and, after 42 years, the WTCA is committed to building the value and effectiveness of that brand for the hundreds of communities and thousands of internationally active businesses that have benefitted from the power of this unique and growing icon of international trade.
The initial concept of the building is designed to reflect a sign of originality inspired by the heritage and nature of Oman, where the adoption of the shape of the Omani khanjar as the main shape for the building exteriored by spaced out stepped flooring that are inspired by the agricultural steps available in Jabal AlAkdhar. The design of the building represent the strength and the stability of the business sector in the Sultanate.Mr. Mahmoud Jarwani visited Palm Mall work site
Mr. Mahmoud Jarwani Chairman of Palm Mall Muscat visited Palm Mall Muscat work site in the presence of board members & Project consultants.Al Jarwani Group & Tamani Celebrate the 45 National Day
Al Jarwani group Shared the joy of National Day 45.
Al-Jarwani Group & Tamani global agreement with Dusit International Hospitality Group
Muscat - Monday 14th September 2015
Tamani International Group for Development and Investment and Al-Jarwani Group signed an agreement with Dusit International Hospitality Group, by which "Dusit D2" will manage and operate the hotel and suites "Dusit Tamani" Palm Mall Muscat. This is part of Palm Mall Muscat project in Oman Capital Muscat.
The agreement was signed for Tamani International Group for Development and Investment and Al-Jarwani Group by Sheikh/ Mahmood bin Mohammed Al-Jarwani, Chairman of Al-Jarwani Group, and by Mr. Chanin Donavanik, CEO of Dusit International Group.
Sheikh/ Mahmood Al-Jarwani told reporters that this agreement shows the commitment of Al-Jarwani Group and Tamani International Group to complete Palm Mall Muscat Project. Eight months since foundation of Palm Mall Muscat project started, and yet more than 36% of the project has been completed. Palm Mall Muscat is scheduled to be completed by end of 2016.
He added that agreement with Thai Dusit International Group is another milestone to the project. Dusit Group will be managing and operating Hotel & Suites "Dusit and Tamani" Palm Mall Muscat. The 4-star project will include 150 luxurious guest rooms and 100 private suites. The project provides a unique destination in Muscat area that will offer this top quality hotel along with other attractions including aquarium, snow city, and a shopping mall.
Al-Jarwani added that Dusit International Group is one of the renowned companies in hotel management in number of countries. It is first time that this group enters the Omani tourism and hotel market. Kingdom of Thailand is considered an important trade partner to the Sultanate, in addition to being a tourist destination for Omanis. Dusit Group owns a group of academies that offer training in field of tourism. Al-Jarwani Group is looking forward to building a relationship with Dusit Group, as there are plans to establish a training academy in the field of tourism and hospitality in Oman. We will work with Dusit Thai group to take advantage of their experience in training of hotel management and operation.
Mahmood Al-Jarwani, Chairman of Al-Jarwani Group pointed that all these projects should increase the added value, and that the Sultanate needs such projects in the future especially the tourism sector is growing rapidly in Oman. He also pointed that Palm Mall Hotel Muscat will provide between 400 to 500 jobs.
He added that Al-Jarwani Group will provide a variety of tourism products for internal and external tourists, which is not limited to building hotels.
He stressed that Oman has lots of tourist attractions including location, and geography. There is a need to take advantage of these attractions in order to create variety of tourism products.
He added that tourism industry is a non-depleted wealth, but we have to have a clear vision in this sector in order to achieve a sustainable tourism industry for future generations.
Mr. Chanin Donavanik, CEO of Dusit International Group pointed that Oman has a diversify geography, making it an excellent destination for travelers who love adventure and would like to explore Oman rugged mountains. He added that Oman has beautiful coast lines, sand dunes, and it is a destination for cultural tourism as it has several World Heritage sites.
Mr. Donavanik added that Dusit International Group is excited to add Oman to its list of international destinations. He pointed out that "Dusit D2" is a distinctive brand offering high quality products and services with a nature of local hospitality and facilities of high-class to tell a unique excellence experience. He concluded that Dusit International Group is confident that its cooperation with Tamani International Group for Development and Investment and Al-Jarwani Group will help making this hotel a success and another milestone in the region.SNOW PARK / PALM MALL MUSCAT
Tamani Global Development & Investment LLC, part of Al Jarwani Group has signed with Unlimited Snow, Netherlands based specilaist company for the execution of Snow Park in the upcoming Palm Mall Project. The Snow Park represents a new generation Alpine winter themed real snow & ice amusement park. The approx. 5,400 Sq.M Snow Park comprises of 16+ snow & ice fun rides and attractions.
Visitors are ?beamed? into a fantastic Alpine winter landscape with realistic mountain sceneries, Alpine chalets, snowy rockwork, F&B terraces with themed furniture, huts, trees, snowfall and sound & light effects as well as a stary sky.
Because the ambient temperature is close to freezing warm boots and clothing are provided to the visitors. The merchandising shop offers a wide range of souvenirs. Here visitors can also purchase TapeMyDay photos and video covering their entire stay as a wonderfull lasting personal memory far beyond any other park photo or video capabilities to date.
The snow play area is divided over 2 levels and includes small F&B facilities including terraces. Apart from that there are separate ice and Alpine themed food & beverage overlooking the snow & ice activites. This amazing snow & ice play area includes:
1. A 4D theatre featuring winter related films and interactive animations.
2. Real snow tubing slides with different gradients. The starting platforms are reached by a convenient conveyor belt lift and escalator.
3. The Snowball Arena features a snowball fight competition.
4. A themed ice rink for skating includes an ice skate rental hut.
5. The bumper cars on ice for all ages allow the whole family to participate. Extra fun is guaranteed because the bumper cars slide on the ice after a bump.
6. The small kids activities include Snowman Wrestling, the Snow Carousel, The Rock climbing, a Story Hut and Reindeer Rodeo.
7. The Expedition high ropes course consist of several different tracks. Participants can climb from tree to tree being secured by safety equipment.
8. The Glacier synthetic ice climbing wall represents an exciting and adventureous challenge.
9. With the real electric digging machines children of all ages can dig and fill a bucket with snow to build a snowman in the adjacent Snow Play Area. As additional attraction the snow play area has real snow fall.
10. A special highlight is the Explorer snow circuit featuring a bridge and tunnel where kids can drive around on real electric snowmobiles.
11. At the snowball challenge people can throw snowballs at targets and score points.
12. The Ice themed Cave represents a crawling and climbing experience.AlJarwani Group's Chairman Visited Dusit Thani in Thailand
Sheikh Mahmoud AlJarwani chairman of Aljarwani group has paid a working visit to the Dusit Thani Group in the Kingdom of Thailand, the Dusit Thani Group is a Thai-based hotel management group which owns, develops and operates hotels and resorts under four distinct brands, Dusit Thani Hotel, Dusit-D2, Dusit Princess, and Dusit Devarna, in addition to Dusit -Residential and owning Devarna spa brand.
During the visit he was received and welcomed by Mr. Chanin Donavanik CEO of Dusit Thani Group, at the meeting they applauded the initial agreement between the two entities in the hotel management side, in-which Dusit thani will operate and manage the hotel and the residence apartment which will be part of the currently constructed project Palm Mall Muscat, Though the hotel will be the first "Dusit Thani" brand in Oman, which will contribute to the diversity and the quality of the hospitality industry in Oman. through the meeting they have also discussed several topics for strengthening the cooperation and partnership between the two groups in many other products related to the hospitality sector.
During his trip the chairman also visited Dusit Thani educational facilities that are specialized in tourism and hospitality sectors, where they discussed and agreed on collaborative agreement on establishing a specialized training academy on the hospitality sector.
It's worth mentioning that Dusit International Group enjoys very well reputation in the market for its will rooted experience in the hospitality and tourism sector, these characteristics have encouraged Al Jarwani Group to partner with Dusit Thani in order to add another dimension to develop the hospitality sector in Oman.Oman Aquarium
Mahmoud Alajwani Group Chairman of Aljarwani & Tamani group announced the establishment of the first Aquarium project in Oman, which comes under the name of "Oman Aquarium to be the first project found in the Sultanate of Oman specialized in: entertainment, tourism, education and heritage. The project will cost about 30 million $, and it will be opening at the end of 2016.
In a press statement Aljarwani said: "The Aquarium" which is implemented by Aljarwani group in collaboration with an Australian consulting company considered as the first project of its kind in the Oman. It is held on an area of 7,500 square meters and consists of two floors. He pointed out that this project is part of a district entertainment project which is the "Muscat Palm Mall", it is implemented by Aljarwani group at Seeb that is located in Muscat Governorate, the most populous region in the capital. It is characterized by its effortless access. It is located on the two main roads to the west of Almobila in the residential area, and it is 14 km away from Muscat International Airport.
Three years of hard work:
Aljarwani said: "The Aquarium project" is an achievement of three years from hard work with a number of consultants invoked across the world for a total cost of 30 million $, pointing out that we had a critical studied and research on the project in terms of economic feasibility, costs, sustainability and environmental issues. This project has been held by international advisors in terms of scientific, cultural, recreational and touristic development, thus it is a multi-product. Aljarwani added: We have signed an agreement with one of the leading project of water parks called (ATT) Australian international companies, which is the company that built the Aquarium in Singapore, and currently holding the largest projects that are built in China.
Aljarwani explained that the project will take about 16 months, the accomplishment of this project is expected to be by the end of 2016 if things goes as it is planned for, confirming that the project has been chosen on the basis of Silk Road. It is an untraditional project which differs from other projects by its unique theme. This is an inspiration of a story of an Omani navigator Ahmed bin Majid trip that started from the far north of the Sultanate till Raas Alrajaa Alsaleh.
The project emphasizes the theme of the land and marine life which begins from the north of the Sultanate of Oman Sea to reach the utmost south to the Indian Ocean, in order to represent various areas of Omani lives and arts by simulating the nature of creatures lives, terrain objects and other models of wildlife such as reptiles, gardens for crocodiles and penguins. In addition to the presence of a tutorial?s center and a number of restaurants, part of this project has an overlook on the center of the "mall", and the other part has an overlook on the lobby.
Aljarwani revealed that the Aquarium project is considered as a valued educational school for the Omani children which leads them to acknowledge the land and marines life. This includes also a laboratory that accommodate between 70 to 80 students, to provide an explanation of wildlife components of the Sultanate and its environmental lives that abound in many marine and terrestrial organisms and get the kids attention to have an idea about the obtainable animals in the Omani environment.
He added that the project will includes all kinds of fish, turtles and other creatures from wild marine life in terms of the presence of crocodiles and Penguins. There kids can feed the fish in the Aquarium.
2.1 million liters of water:
Aljarwani said that the project will provide about 2.1 million cubic liters of water with a canal of 32 meters long. Until now the project is unique in its presence in the whole region. In addition to the existence of other types of tanks for marine wildlife to form a natural reserve to develops the project that include all types of Omani environment.
Mahmoud Allarwani said: the project came after a continuous studies with consultants and experts who are specialized in a such kind of projects and they appears on the finest level, so we could reach our goal to show an integrated environment as it is outside not only bring a simply watching of fish kinds, but we wanted to go over that.
He added:the Aquarium of Oman will also allow the process of diving in it to follow marine's organisms founds in the basin, thus it will be useful for tourists in general. He pointed out that the tourism is an important industry. We enhance the project by adding a qualitative leap through four products that will run into the project when it is completed. Next to the Mall we are going to set up the city of snow and the city of entertainment in addition to the hotels which generally takes place within the project.
Aljarwani revealed that according to the studies of the project by News of Global House there is about 5 percent of people who enters the shopping centers for entertaining are an interest in such projects. The Palm Mall can accommodate about 3 million visitors a year, of whom about 1.5 million visitors to the Aquarium annually.
Mahmoud Aljarwani added: although of the multiple Omani touristic sections, Oman still lacks recreational projects which people need it. People cross long distances to see and identify such a projects, thus we found it for them in Aljarwani group, where we added the importance of establishing such a vital project, and we hope it will see the light as we planned.
Aljarwani said that the Muscat Palm Mall project will give a big leap for shopping and entertainment in the Sultanate of Oman which is a complete city that will capture a lot of people who are looking for this kinds of tourism projects. We are planning to provide all the needs to Omani families and tourists who will come to our country. He added that this project is a part of an integrated system to strengthen the tourism sector in Oman hoping that this project will found its way in the economic sector, in terms of what Oman owns from integrated potential in tourism between the land and marine live where the valleys and mountains take a place in it, in addition to the moderate climate throughout the year between Muscat, Salalah, Jebel Shams, Jabal Alkhdar and Al Ashkhara.
Muscat: Ooredoo feted the Muscat Football Academy (MFA) teams who won four titles at the recent Dubai International Super Cup football tournament.
The felicitation ceremony was organised at Al Seeb International School in the presence of some national team players, Mahmood Al Jarwani, owner of the academy and representatives from Ooredoo.
As reported earlier, MFA became the first team in the history of the Dubai International Super Cup to win four trophies in different age categories.
In the tournament organised early this month, MFA's under-18 team won the Super Cup while the under-14 and under-10 teams took the Challenge Cup. The under-12 team clinched Trophy Cup.
Speaking on that occasion, Chuck Martini, MFA General Manager and head coach, descibed it as an incredible achievement.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have been invited to such a prestigious event, " he said. "But to come away as champions in four different age categories is an incredible achievement."
"The boys were simply magnificent throughout the tournament and the support we received from the parents and supporters was fantastic."
"A big thank you to our sponsors — Ooredoo, Atana Hotels and Al Safwa, for their immense support," he added.
Mixed feelings of joy and love in the state of Muscat return of the country's leader, Thank God the right to praise that of the Maulana His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, health and wellness and return to the homeland victoriously unscathed healthy.OMR 50 million worth agreement for the finance of Palm Mall Muscat
Muscat: OMR 50 million worth finance agreement for Palm Mall Muscat was signed on Monday between Tamani International Development and Investment Company, the owner of the project and Ahlibank.
The contract was signed by Mahmoud bin Ahmed Al Jarwani, Chairman of Tamani International Development and Investment Company and Lloyd Maddock, CEO of Ahlibank.
The total cost of the project, scheduled to be implemented at one stage, is estimated at OMR 90 million rial.
The project name is inspired from one of the elements of the Omani identity namely the palm.
It is located on Al Khair Road West of the residential areas in Al Maabelah in the wilayat of A'Seeb in the Governorate of Muscat.
The 100% Omani project includes the biggest entertainment city in the Sultanate. It includes a number of early learning and entertainment centres for different ages and the 1st Ice Village in the Sultanate, that will be designed by a Dutch company.
The complex will also include 12 cinema halls provided with the latest display technologies and managed by Majid al Futtaim Group. It will also include 70 hotel apartments connected with the main commercial centre. It will also include spaces for restaurants and café shops.
The project will provide between 2000 to 2500 direct jobs at the commercial centres and hotel, in addition to thousands of indirect jobs.
The project is expected to contribute the growth of the national economy by circulating and investing money in the Sultanate through providing shopping, tourism and entertainment centres.
It will also attract tourists due to its proximity to Muscat International Airport. It will also develop the retail sector, enhance competition at the market and attract new brands.
Commenting on the project and its importance, Al Jarwani said that the project includes properties and products that are availed in the Sultanate for the first time. It will also include the biggest built area at any project.
It is worth mentioning that the project, whose foundation stone will be laid before the end of this month, is expected to be completed within 24-30 months.
Bank Sohar has signed a bank facility for Sohar University campus expansion. The bank has a long- standing association with Sohar University, which is one of the premier universities in the Sultanate. The agreement was signed by Shaikh Dr Salim Said al Fannah al Araimi, Chairman of Bank Sohar at the presence of Dr Mohamed Abdulaziz Kalmoor, CEO, Bank Sohar along with top officials of Bank Sohar. Sohar University was represented by Mohammed Mahmoud Ali al Jarwani, Chairman, Sohar University, along with delegation consisting officials from the University. In comments following the signing of the agreement, Dr Kalmoor said, We are glad to sign this agreement with Sohar University, which since its inception has been contributing in imparting quality education for students. The bank has a long and fruitful relationship which has been contributing to the growth of higher education in the Sultanate. Sohar University was set up as a separate entity of Oman Education & Training Company in January 2009. The main activity of the company, which is an Omani Joint Stock Company incorporated in the Sultanate in November 1998, is to provide education services. The company owns and operates Sohar University, which is co-managed by University of Queensland in Australia. The University offers Bachelor, Diploma and Advanced Diploma programmes as well as University preparation programme. The University, located in Sohar has four faculties: Engineering, Applied Science, Business and Humanities and Social Sciences. With the proposed expansion of its campus, the University plans to increase its capacity to accommodate up to 8,000 students. Additionally, with the governmental scholarship support extended to the students, the number of students is expected to further increase. Oman Education and Training Investment Company, also runs an International School, which is named Sohar International School since 2006.Foundation stone of Palm Mall Muscat Project
Muscat : Foundation stone of Palm Mall Muscat Project was laid under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, at Mabela in Seeb. The 100 per cent Omani investment inspired project by Al Jarwani Group (AJG) and Global Tamani is expected to be ready in 24 to 30 months. It will also include the first snow village in the Sultanate (Snow Park) that will be developed through Dutch specialised companies, as well as a cinema complex of 12 screens multiplex with 4D cinemas managed by Majid Al Futtaim Group, along with a hotel and 70 serviced apartments connected and interconnected with the main commercial centre. It will also contain a vast spread of multi-cuisine dining and food courts, in addition to Oman Aquarium, the first and largest of its kind in the Sultanate that is designed by Amusement Whitewater Global, one of the leading Australian companies in this area. Maitha bint Saif Al Mahrouqi, undersecretary at the Ministry of Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman, pointed out that the Pall Mall project was important for the tourism sector. It focuses on many recreational aspects as it contains a hotel and hotel apartments. She affirmed that the project will offer many job opportunities and the Omani companies will benefit from it as they will deal with suppliers and operators of the project. Tourism sector Maitha further said that the tourism sector's direct contribution to the GDP of the Sultanate stood at 2.6 per cent and the indirect contribution hit more than six per cent. She explained that this percentage will increase during the upcoming period and will match other economic sectors. Mahmoud Al Jarwani, chairman of Tamani Global company said that Palm Mall is located in the most populous wilayat of Seeb in the capital Muscat, which is easily accessible as it is located on the two main roads to the west of the residential area in Mabela, about 14 km away from the Muscat International Airport. He added, "The project is 100 per cent Omani investment inspired by an authentic Omani symbol of a Palm, and it will feature the largest theme park in the Sultanate. It includes a number of early education and entertainment centres for different age groups. Al Jarwani said that the total cost of the project will be OMR90 million. It will be conducted in a single phase covering all the components and facilities, and is expected to be ready in 24 to 30 months. Al Jarwani further said, "This one-of-a-kind project will reduce the pressure on the commercial area in Muscat. It will provide between 2,000 - 2,500 direct jobs at the mall and in hotels, in addition to thousands of other indirect jobs. The project will contribute towards providing a unique and enjoyable experience to the residents, as well as visitors. Palm Mall is expected to contribute to the national economy through capital circulation."