Tomorrow (18th May) see's a soft launch of the Avenues mall (lulu mall) in Ghubra (but they insist it's Bowsher). It's a quiet launch, and the mall should be officially opened around 1pm tomorrow afternoon. The top level (3rd floor) isn't ready yet, and so will be blocked off, but the rest of the areas of the mall will be open (except of course the cinema which hasn't started yet), and I'm told that there will be about 50 stores open tomorrow, with up to an additional 50 stores that will be ready by the end of the month, so by June, 100 or so stores will be open.
The sad news is that Boots won't be in those 100 stores. In fact, if rumors are true, Boots might not be coming to Muscat at all, something to do with licenses or something. Their branding is up in the mall, but there isn't any work done to the unit behind the hoarding I'm told. Time will tell I guess.
It'll be nice to walk around the mall, and in a few months I'm sure most of the outlets will be open. Ghubra is getting better and better.... :)