KUCHING - Sarawak is positioning itself for greater MICE business with a flurry of new venues opening in the coming months.
Following the opening of the CIDB Convention Centre Sarawak last year, 2020 will see the state's first 'smart building' - the Hikmah Exchange - expected to open this year with a new convention centre.
The Hikmah Exchange project is owned by Sarawak Bumiputera Property Foundation and developed by Permodalan Satok Bhd. It occupies about 4-acres in the heart of Kuching city. The total gross development floor area is 140,464 sqm, which is anchored by two 22-storey towers, 13 storey office towers, an event centre with a capacity of 1,000 pax, up to 7 function rooms, an exhibition gallery, and fine dining F&B.
Borneo Samariang Convention Centre, in the northern part of Kuching, is under construction. It will be part of the mixed-use Borneo Samariang Resort City, with more than 2,000 rooms in properties such as the 546-room Arabian Bay Resort. The venue will have a water park, a safari park and team-building facilities.
The Sarawak Museum Campus is scheduled to open this September. Numerous historical artefacts will be displayed in interactive exhibits and pedestrian walkways will connect to the old Sarawak Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Sarawak Art Museum. Covering more than 27,871 sqm of space, the facility will be the second-largest museum in Southeast-Asia.
2019 saw the opening of the CIDB Convention Centre Sarawak, a striking venue that hovers over a pond and features tribal motifs on its floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed to blend into its lush surroundings, the location allows for natural cooling, and the open-wall interior takes advantage of natural light and wind. The venue's mail hall accommodates up to 800 people, and there are five meeting rooms whose capacities range from 10 to 100. An on-site bistro serves up to 120 people, buffet-style. The convention centre is part of the 60-acre CIDB Sarawak complex that includes sports facilities, restaurants and accommodations.