| James Kon |
AS THE new surau (prayer hall) for the Brunei International Airport (BIA) nears completion, a cleaning ceremony was held to ensure that floors are clean prior to the installation of carpets, yesterday.
Joining the event was Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Communications and senior officers from Civil Aviation, Mosque Affairs Department and the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB).
The construction of the Surau began on January 2 and is scheduled for completion in March this year. It can accommodate at least 300 worshippers and will provide Muslims with a better facility to perform prayers in addition to the existing prayer rooms available at the Airport Terminal.
In line with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah in May 2012, to showcase the characteristics of a Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) at the new airport, the surau features unique Islamic and Bruneian architecture as a prominent symbol of Islamic eminence in the country.
Built at a cost of $3.26 million, the project is undertaken by a local contractor, Putera Permai Sdn Bhd, under the consultancy of PAY Architect.