28th. April 2009
The first phase of Melaka Arab City has begun at Pulau Melaka. It will cost more than RM 400 million. The project at Pulau Melaka will consist of a shopping mall and shops which offer Middle-eastern products and services.
Besides the Pulau Melaka project, the investors will turn Kampung Jawa into an Arabic Bazaar. Currently, Kampung Jawa has a bazaar which dates back to 1960's. Hopefully, in the future, the whole area will be rejunevated to an exciting and vibrant bazaar with unique shops and specialist stores.
It is a pity that the Old Malacca Central Market was demolished in late 1980's. It the whole structure has been retained, it can be converted into a vibrant tourist market like the market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam or closer home, the Central Market of Kuala Lumpur.
Time will tell if this project will benefit the people of Melaka.
Arab City Melaka to cost more than RM1 billion
Arab City Melaka, the integrated commercial project in the state, will cost more than RM1 billion with construction expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year, its developer announced today.
Hesham Fathi Mohamed, Managing Director of Golden Corporate Heritage Sdn Bhd (GCH), the developer, said the project covering 46.9 acres, is located in three areas -- Pulau Melaka, Klebang and Kampung Jawa.
He was speaking to reporters after the ground breaking of Arab City Melaka, a joint venture between the Melaka state government and GCH, at the site in Pulau Melaka here.
Also present were Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and GCH chairman, Sheikh Saleh Mansor.
Hesham said the project which initially cost RM400 million, would be developed into an integrated and comprehensive development, which included shoppping bazaars, Arabic themed restaurants and cafes, Arabic health and beauty spas and an Arab village. -- BERNAMA