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National

Day

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Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2016

Sari Wahid, a 65-year-old citizen, shared the sentiment,

praising the generations responsible for enabling the quick

growth in the area’s commercial activities.

However, the retired grandmother also underlined the

need for maintaining Brunei’s commercial areas that have

been around for decades, as they have been seemingly

“declining in terms of commercial value”.

“We cannot just pick an area out of favour based on

public fascination.

“We also have to value other areas where there are

Berakas shows impressive development,

offering modern landmark attractions

commercial developments, especially the ones that have

been around long enough,” she said.

“They are monuments of the Sultanate’s older

generations.”

According to General Manager Amal Majidah, 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.

The centre, opened on November 18, 2010, has

been successful in attracting a large number of regular

customers.

This, according to Amal, “may be due to a number of

variety events that we regularly hold in the shopping

centre that caters to people from all walks of life, and it is

one of our strong points”.

“The location is another reason why customers always

come back, as we are near to a number of government

offices and private companies in the Old Airport area,” she

said, adding that “we also put great priority on cleanliness

at our shopping centre”.

The presence of Times Square has helped other

neighbouring shopping centres as well in attracting

customers, as people prefer to move from one place to

another given the walking distance.

Times Square Shopping Centre will be hosting a

board games event in association with the Brunei Chess

Federation to celebrate this year’s National Day, which

hopefully “will give youths a whole new experience”.

She also urged those who are able to start businesses to

try and do so, even given the state of the economy, as this

will eventually help Brunei.

The Bulletin also took the opportunity to speak to a

number of people.

One of them and a regular visitor of Times Square, Qawiy

Ya’kub, is a Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) student

who said that the area offers more options to him and is

less congested compared to other places.

“I think it is important for Brunei to grow its commercial

areas further, as it will help in growing the economy because

oil will not last... so Bruneians need to start venturing into

other businesses,” he added.

help boost Brunei’s economy

File photo shows one of the sales expos held to attract shoppers