The Sarawak government is developing some 12 acres of land beside the Darul Hana Mosque in Petra Jaya to build what is inspired by the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman.

Known as the Darul Hana Islamic Park, the RM6.8 million project is developed by the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) as one of the state government’s initiatives to realise the concept of ‘mosque in the park’.

The first phase of construction had already begun in March last year and it was completed in October this year.

The first phase consist of trellis seating, gazebos, water features, car park, LED lighting, CCTV cameras and signboards.

There will be a second phase of the project, which will begin next year and is expected to take eight months to complete.

It includes the construction of more carpark units, gazebos, kiosks and washrooms, seating areas and a boulevard, as well as more LED lights.

Last Wednesday, the park was officially launched by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.