Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2016
The Times Square Shopping Centre, which has over 100 tenants, offers an array of services to patrons, such as
cinemas, hotels, IT shops, as well as a variety of food and beverage outlets
Booming commercial hubs can
IRRESPECTIVE of its small size, Brunei Darussalam boasts
a number of well-established and world-class commercial
areas that are the nerve centres of the Sultanate’s booming
A strong growth in commercial areas is key to the
development of the nation’s economy, the fruits of which
are enjoyed by citizens and residents of the country.
One such area that has seen quite impressive
development is Berakas, which offers a slew of modern
landmark attractions, such as the Times Square Shopping
Centre, Airport Mall, Citis Square and BT Complex, all
providing a wide range of goods and services in state-of-
the art settings that match global standards.
“The country has been witnessing considerable growth
in commercial areas over the past three decades since
achieving independence - from little changes, adding up to
make a major one,” commented a recently married couple
who frequents the Berakas area, their favourite commercial
hub, to Borneo Bulletin.
During their childhood back in the 1990s, all commercial
activities were concentrated in the capital Bandar Seri
Begawan, they said.
“It used to be the centre for shopping for everyone back
then... Eventually, while Bandar remained the way it was
then, the attention shifted to new areas such as Berakas
As Brunei’s modernisation gathered pace, Berakas got
a facelift with landmark developments such as Times
Square Shopping Centre and The Airport Mall becoming
“The airport is just a few minutes’ walk away, while a
majority of the government department headquarters are
within a few minutes’ drive,” they added.
When asked about the attraction of Berakas shopping
area, they replied, “It has got plenty of entertainment
avenues, ranging from bowling and cinema.
“And it is also a reasonable place for dining and grocery