F&M Middle East win contract for new fruit and vegetable market in Oman

The facility will offer a number of facilities and is expected to lessen the number of heavy vehicles on Muscat’s roads

Civil and architectural design firm F&M Middle East has won a contract from Khazaen to provide detailed design and tender documents for Phase One of the new Khazaen Central Fruits Vegetables Market. Khazaen is billed as a new integrated economic city in Oman.

The announcement follows the signing of an agreement between Muscat Municipality and Khazean for the relocation of its facility to Khazaen Economic City. The market shift will ensure more organised, well-planned, fully air-conditioned, and spacious market with ultra-modern facilities for wholesalers and buyers, which will translate to lesser heavy vehicle traffic entry on Muscat’s roads.

According to a statement from F&M Middle East, the new fruit and vegetable market project is to be three times the size of Al Mawaleh facility, with provision for future expansion. It will have facilities such as 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 and multiple gates for entry of trucks.

In addition to support services, it will feature banking facilities, a 250,000sqm central truck parking area, mosque, supermarkets, PRO offices and restaurants. The new market will also have retail outlets to cater to individual customers from surrounding areas, the statement noted.

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