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H H Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture inaugurated the Mall of Muscat in Ma’abela, on Monday.

What makes the mall different from other malls in the sultanate is that it has the region’s largest aquarium spread over 8,000sq m.

Built by Al Jarwani Group, Mall of Muscat has many attractions including Novo Cinema with 14 screens and over 200 retail outlets.

Another attraction is the Snow Park covering over 5,600sq m at the third level. It will be opened at a later stage.

Addressing a press conference, Mahmood Mohamed Ali al Jarwani, chairman of the Jarwani Group said, “We are happy to have a mall that caters to every need of people in the country – from shopping to entertainment and dining.

“We will open the Snow Park later this year as a surprise.”

The Oman Aquarium has 92 acrylic panels amounting to a total weight of 81 tonnes. It has many fascinating exhibits including a walk-through tunnel.

It is spread over three floors and features a demi-tunnel running through part of the main tank. It has over 30,000 marine creatures in addition to 1,000 types of fish.

The aquarium is filled with 3mn litres of water, an official from Mall of Muscat said.

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