2019 is a significant year for Brunei Darussalam when the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), gives its recognition to the country as the Asian Capital of Islamic Culture alongside Tunis, the Republic of Tunisia in the Arabian region and Bissau, the Republic of Guinea in the African region. The recognition is a great honour for Bandar Seri Begawan and is an important historical landmark for the country in general.

Among the early preparations is forming the Bandar Seri Begawan Steering Committee as the Asian Capital of Islamic Culture 2019. The committee’s role is to provide the right direction for all working committees to act upon and implement the planned programmes and activities.

The Bandar Seri Begawan Traces of Islamic Architecture and Landmarks Exhibition is one of the main events for the Bandar Seri Begawan, Asian Capital of Islamic Culture 2019 Celebration. The exhibition will be the curtain raiser for the celebration at the Brunei International Airport on the 17th of this month.

The selection of Bandar Seri Begawan as the Asian Capital of Islamic Culture 2019 is synonym with Brunei Darussalam’s status as the Malay Islamic Monarchy since more than 600 years ago. Bandar Seri Begawan is the third Southeast Asian capital chosen for the honour after Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 2009 and Indonesia’s Jakarta in 2011.

The recognition is also a golden opportunity to showcase the culture and values of the country’s people. The country has created a name for itself based on its glorious civilisation and history as well as strategic position. Bandar Seri Begawan fulfils the criteria for selection as the Capital of Islamic Culture outlined by the ISESCO. They include an excellent and glorious culture and history, contributions in enriching Islamic culture and human prosperity, possessing landmarks of Islamic civilisation and cultural institutions as well showing strong interest in organising cultural activities, book festivals, exhibitions, performances, forums and others.

The golden opportunity is utilised by the country specifically in presenting the daily practices of Bruneians who give the highest priority to Islam at various levels. Apart from implementing activities and programmes in 2019, the opportunity also highlights Bandar Seri Begawan as a true Islamic capital to the world with its Malay Islamic Monarchy, MIB concept. This will indirectly help to promote tourism and enhance religious and cultural values. Hence it is also the duty of all citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam to support the government’s initiative to make Bandar Seri Begawan a capital of Islamic culture.

Source: Radio Television Brunei