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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
malaysia putrajaya plentiful Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon This garden CiTy offers more than just greenery and is an oasis for business events. L ocated just 25 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s new administrative capital. Putryajaya is bountiful for the business events industry with a range of venues, accommodation and attractions. With its close proximity to the international airport, delegates will relish the short trip to this metropolis, which has been dubbed as an intelligent garden city. Putryajaya is a model township which has been constructed after detailed planning and encompasses innovative urban design with environmental preservation in mind. The city was named after the country’s first Prime Minister and was entirely planned, designed and constructed by Malaysian companies. Putrajaya features state-of-the-art facilities and the latest infrastructure which includes fibre-optic networks that provide high speed internet access and other electronic superhighway conveniences. Much of Putrajaya has been influenced by Islamic architecture and streets of small stalls and boutiques look like famous bazaars in the Middle East. The city of Putrajaya is divided into precincts and consists of government offices as well as commercial, residential and recreational areas. For business events, Putrajaya provides a metropolis full of quality accommodation, attractions and venues. Accommodation ranges from three to five star hotels and resorts that offer well- appointed suites, modern meeting rooms and recreational facilities. The Putrajaya International Convention Centre is considered one of the distinct landmarks in the city with its interesting architectural 50 miceAsia.net design. The building’s style was inspired by the traditional pending perak which translates to mean silver royal belt buckle and wau bulan which means moon kite. This centre attracts international and regional conventions, exhibitions and private functions and has a range of function spaces over nine levels. And after meeting in Putrajaya for an event or conference, this metropolis offers many activities and attractions to help any stressed delegate unwind. Whether it’s shopping, going to a day spa, playing golf or sampling the culture there is an array of possibilities in Putrajaya for post-tours. This intelligent garden city has many landmarks, some of which are the signature bridges and when fully completed the eight unique bridges which feature six different designs will link the various precincts in Putrajaya. Bridges are a feature in this purpose-built city and the structures which connect to the Government Precinct serve ceremonial purposes and are decorated with flags and lighting during official state functions. From a cultural perspective the most prominent landmark is the pink-domed Putra Mosque which is constructed of rose-tinted granite and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers. The grand mosque has been influenced by a few of the great mosques of the world and at 116 metres is the tallest minaret in the region with five tiers that represent the Five Pillars of Islam.