Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dataran Engku Putri Batam Being Renovated for National MTQ Event in June 2014


In connection with the appointment of Batam City as the host of the National MTQ (Musabaqah Tilawatil Qur'an ) 2014 will be held in June 2014, Batam Municipality Government has made ​​a number of major renovation in the Dataran Engku Putri area, Batam Centre, Batam, which is currently under construction of permanent astaka (Malay term meaning a place where the king sat on the throne). This Astaka will be used as a stage and spaces or rooms associated with the MTQ event.

The preparation for the National MTQ 2014 was also manifested by the realization of widening and improvement in a number of roads adjacent to the Dataran Engku Putri such as widening of public road in front of the Masjid Raya Batam , paving new road lane in front of Kalista School toward Simpang  KDA (Kurnia Djaja Alam). Reportedly, Batam Municipality Government will also build a welcome gate at the exit of Hang Nadim Airport to welcome the guests and participants of MTQ from all of the provinces .

It is estimated that the entire process of the renovation will be completed at the end of May 2014 which the astaka construction has cost about IDR 9 billion which the tower was built as six pieces with the building style similar to the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, with a combination of Malay-style architecture . Especially for Astaka, there are 5 (five) pieces of the dome which has partitions in it as a space for qori/qoriah when performing, jury room, committee room, and others. The stage itself reaches an area of ​​about 900 m2 plus other facilities such as an access for visitors with wheelchairs. Reportedly again, when MTQ is completed , the former building will be used as a museum.

With the presence of a number of new buildings, Dataran Engku Putri will be more attractive for visitor to visit there. Some corners in this place was pretty good for taking pictures like a results of my visit to the site in early January 2014.


 Location Map

 Dataran Engku Putri, Batam Centre, Batam

A Small Fountain

 Entrance Wall and Astaka

 Egyptian Style of Entrance Wall

A View of Astaka & Tower

 West Gate

 The Astaka ; Behind is Harris Hotel Building

 West Gate of Dataran Engku Putri

Masjid Raya Batam in the Southern

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