Lego in Oman

over 20 years ago

Lego in Oman made a great  scale model of the Airport Roundabout in Muscat for our Lego World Show ‘Arabian Towns’

Lego at Airport Muscat 1987
Lego at Airport Muscat 1987

In the days when I was able to stroll across the Sultan Qaboos highway carrying a mini fort;  Lego kindly made a Lego-brick version of the first feature that a visitor arriving in Muscat, in the mid 1980’s, saw. One of Oman’s iconic roundabouts – the airport roundabout. Most of these roundabouts have disappeared into a world of flyovers and traffic lights needed by the colossal numbers of cars on Muscat’s roads.
I had obtained the Lego agency for the company I managed and needed to do a lot of things to differentiate the operation. Lego was to be a key part as, although there are similar products, Lego not only produces product that in terms of quality was superior to the others but importantly for me was an effective brand marketing company.

Lego 'World Show' Muscat
Lego ‘Arabian Towns’ Muscat

We were going to hold a Lego exhibition of Arabian Towns – and what better than to have Muscat depicted. Lego in Denmark agreed and their team built our piece and shipped it in the container with our Arabian Town all the way to us in Muscat.

There were purposes of course, to show what was possible to do with imagination and standard Lego bricks. Our special tower joined a townscape which was fictional; Sinbad’s hometown from 1001 nights. The other was to catapult our company name into our potential customer’s attention and start a branding purpose.


Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4