KUALA TERENGGANU: Previously deserted, Pulau Wan Man, which has thick undergrowth and palm forest and is home to various reptiles, is set to be developed into a knowledge park.
Those going to Kota Baru, Kelantan, via the Sultan Mahmud Bridge cannot avoid looking at the various structures of Islamic architecture being built on the island.
Being built on the 33ha island, to be known as Islamic Civilisation Park (TTI), are replicas of 21 world renowned Islamic monuments.
They include buildings like the Al Aqsa Mosque (Palestine), Taj Mahal (India), Al Hambra (Spain), Kaylan Tower (Uzbekistan), Kudus Minar (Indonesia), Samarra Mosque (Iraq), Sulayman Complex (Turkey), Shaikh Lotfullah (Iran), Xian Mosque (China), Qol Sharif (Russia) and Qairawan (Tunisia).
Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation general manager Datuk Zakaria Awang said the RM224mil project was scheduled for completion at the end of the year and would be opened to the public next year.
He said the corporation had been entrusted to monitor the project, a brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, which was being undertaken by 34 local contractors.
A joint-venture company, Sanderson Design Group (M) Sdn Bhd, which specialises in construction of theme parks, is the consultant in the design work, he added.
He said the construction of a crystal mosque, to be the landmark of the park, and calligraphy on the monuments would be done by local contractors.
The strategic location of Pulau Wan Man would make the park an attraction to visitors to Terengganu, he added.
Zakaria said the park would also have a convention centre capable of accommodating 2,000 people, a childrens playground and a market.
TTI will also be accessible by land and there will be a train service to the park, he added.
He said that visitors to TTI would be able to obtain information on Islam and the spread of the religion. Bernama