The new Khazaen Central Vegetables and Fruit Market, planned to be three times the size of Al Mawaleh facility with provision for future expansion, will have facilities like cold and dry stores, main wholesales halls, truck sales area, shaded areas for sorting and sale of onions and potatoes, agricultural inspection areas, office spaces for operating companies, forklifts servicing, electrical charging stations, vegetables and fruit sorting yards, several gates for customs inspection for Vegetables and Fruit, laboratory for testing agricultural samples under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, and multiple gates for entry of trucks.
Additionally, the market will have other support services, like banking, a 250,000 m2 central truck parking area, a mosque, supermarkets, PRO offices, and restaurants among others. The new market will also have retail outlets to cater to individual customers from surrounding areas.
“Commenting on the signing of this agreement, His Excellency Eng. Issam Saud bin Hareb Al Zadjali, President, Muscat Municipality said, “The agreement is aimed at improving urban planning in Muscat Governorate and will see Mawaleh Central Vegetables and Fruits Market converted into a multipurpose market that will include retail stores, entertainment and tourism facilities. The agreement comes within Muscat Municipality’s efforts to ensure optimum utilization of its facilities.”
His Excellency added, “As per the agreement, Khazaen Economic City will allocate a suitable plot of land in the City for the Vegetables and Fruits Market. The project will be implemented in a phased manner keeping in mind the convenience of the current tenants/ companies operating at the Mawaleh facility to shift smoothly. The agreement also considers the needs of current tenants in wholesale and local farmers at the new market in Khazaen. To ensure work continuity and smooth logistics, the agreement emphasizes the implementation of an open market policy.”
His Excellency Eng. Issam Al Zadjali further said, “We hope this agreement will create added value for the market and ensure better investment of the Municipality’s assets and funds by concluding carefully studied usufruct contracts that will benefit the public.
It should be noted that Khazaen is one of the most important projects that will also boost Oman’s logistics sector. The new market is aimed at improving the operations, efficiency and quality in the vegetables and fruits sector, to which Khazaen will play the role of a key contributor as a strategic infrastructural and services hub”.
Eng. Salim Al Thuhli, CEO, Khazaen, commented, “We are happy to sign this vital agreement under which all wholesale activities will shift from the Mawaleh Central Fruits and Vegetables Market to Khazaen. The new, modern market will be spread over 800,000 m2 and is estimated investment value worth OMR 43 million upon completion”.
He added, “Khazaen is not just a business hub, but one of the sultanate’s most ambitious development project that will contributes to enhance the national diversification plans of the country. The facility is being planned in a way to attract more international companies to invest in Oman’s food city, in areas such as food processing, packaging, logistics & distribution, and wholesale & retail trading.”
The new market will adopt an open market policy and will give more opportunity for all traders to access the market as well it allows more spaces for local framers to exhibit their products. Furthermore, the company plans to deploy the most efficient solutions and cooling systems on the super-structure to ensure more cost-effective, quick and efficient operations of the market.
Eng. Al Thuhli said this central market will be one of the major components of Khazaen and is expected to meet Oman’s strategic food security objectives. Market and economic feasibility studies having been completed, the project is now being designed by a globally reputed consultancy firm with vast experience in designing Agri produce markets, Eng. Thuhali added.