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  1. MORE and more international and national events are being held at the nation’s administrative capital.
    Things are never quiet here in Putrajaya.
    Rather than just pushing papers and turning Putrajaya into a gigantic, office-like atmosphere, it is a place filled with all sorts of programmes suited for the family.
    There was the international fireworks competition that saw the participation of teams from the United States, Korea and the Middle East, among others.
    For those who enjoy mysterious and prehistoric creatures, the Backyard Monsters and Dinosaurs Exhibition is ongoing at the Putrajaya Marina until February next year.
    At the exhibition, you and your children will be transported to a unique world, seeing things from an insect perspective.
    Grass are the size of trees at the exhibition and you will get an up close and personal experience with a praying mantis, a beetle, two ants, and a scorpion.
    Another recent addition to events in the administrative capital is the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Cultural Festival (PIIACuF) 2013.
    It is the first event of its kind to be organised in our backyard at Dataran Putrajaya in Presint 3.
    Themed “From Andalucia to Putrajaya”, PIIACuF 2013 wants to celebrate the Golden Age of Islam in Andalucia, Spain and takes visitors through a wonderous journey of enlightenment regarding the faith.
    Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom foresaw that the event had the potential to boost Malaysia’s portfolio by using it as a platform to market Islamic arts and culture.
    He believed there were opportunities to conduct business for products and services which were based on Islamic arts and culture, like film animation, music, craft, fashion and painting.
    Jamil Khir said PIIACuF could also be the platform to fortify international relations in the sharing of Islamic-based socio-culture and arts.
    “This is very crucial because only through good ties and strategic partnership can we share knowledge,” he said.
    Organised by Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj), its president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat said PIIACuF would be an annual event.
    Under these circumstances, Putrajaya is morphing into the centre of excellence for Islamic arts and culture, as well as boosting its image as a tourism hub.
    The PIIACuF aims at pioneering the values of Islam through the perspective of a moderate society in which arts and culture take centre stage in delivering the messages of Islam to the world.
    From the best of philosophers, thinkers, artists and leaders, PIIACuF exhibits some of the finest works of Islam through the exhibition, seminars, symposiums, music and the arts.
    Those who enjoy Islamic music should consider heading to Putrajaya tomorrow as the Journey of Nur Concert is scheduled to be held.
    One can soak in the tranquillity of the songs rendered by renowned artists such as Maher Zain, Opick, Zain Bikha, Datuk Ramli Sarip, Datuk M. Nasir and Raihan.
    The PIIACuF is also showcasing the administrative capital’s beauty and splendor with grandiose architectures, buildings and places of interest for visitors to experience.
    For instance, the pink-domed Putra Mosque that was built with rose-tinted granite and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time.
    The basement wall of the mosque was constructed to resemble that of the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.
    Its impressive minaret is influenced by the design of the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad. At 116m, it is one of the tallest minarets in the region and has five tiers, representing the five pillars of Islam.
    The mosque is located next to Perdana Putra which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office and man-made Putrajaya Lake.
    In front of the mosque is a large square with flagpoles flying flags of Malaysian states. At night, the square will be filled with adults and children. The young ones will be riding their bicycles, rollerblading or running on their two little feet enjoying the cool night breeze.
    Putrajaya has a lot to offer and the growing number of tour buses sighted in the administrative capital is a valid testimony of its charm.

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