Hotel Facility for Jakarta Islamic Center MosqueBERITAJAKARTA.COM — 10/22/2012 7:00:01 PM
In order to fulfill congregations` needs at Jakarta Islamic Center (JIC) Mosque, Koja, North Jakarta, the mosque management gradually added more facilities, starting from education, business, until hospitality (wisma). The process is hoped able to finish at the end of this year.
Head of Public Relation Sub-Section for JIC, Paimun Abdul Karim, said the reason of wisma procurement is due to Jakarta Provincial Government wants to have a mosque like in the prophet Muhammad era with some facilities, such as education, business, economy and lodging place. “I believe many people visit to our mosque if wisma is built here,” he stated, Monday (10/22).
The land of wisma is about 21,452 square meters. Wisma will be divided into 3 buildings, such as center business building with 5,653 square meters wide, convention hall with 4,582 square meters wide, and hotel with 11,217 square meters wide. “Wisma has been built since 2007 and planned to finish at the end of this year by spending Rp 278 billion,” described Karim.
As planned, the center business will have five floors and is equipped with office room, as well as trading center which becomes Muslim economy center. In addition, there will be banking, notary and law office, retail and supporting facilities. While for convention hall will be built with capacity of 1,500 people, and hotel with 10 floors plus 150 bedrooms. “Wisma is built to improve residents’ awareness to visit and do prayer in the mosque. If wisma construction is done, there will be many people come to the mosque,” he furthered.
Karim lamented, the number of congregations at JIC is still minimal averaging in 300 people per day. It would be different when it is time to conduct Friday prayer, where the amount of congregations would reach 6,000 people. On Eid ul Fitr or Eid ul Adha, the number of congregations could reach 40,000 people. "The construction would adapt the concept with Islamic and monumental nuances, such as the shape of JIC Mosque Building which mimicking the shape of mosque in the prophet era," he told.
Besides building wisma, he informed that JIC is currently building a training and education center by adopting the concept of school. "The cost to construct the building is Rp 59 billion. The building began its construction in 2005 and will finish in 2014," he finished.