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
“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
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
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