For those of you working or used to work in Cyberjaya, I am sure you remember Hassan Cafe Corner. In the hey days, Hassan Cafe Corner used to be the ‘hangout’ place for many IT engineers (now ‘ex’) like me. How things have changed since 2006. Sadly, Hassan Cafe Corner is now closed. Time to move on.
Fast forward 10 years later, Cyberjaya has gone through several wave of changes has arrive to where it is today. Here’s a little summary of where Cyberjaya is today in 2017 :
- Approximate population : 95,000
- Cumulative investments : RM20 billion
- 6 full-fledged universities and colleges
- Presence of 25 developers and increasing
- Home to more than 60 MNCS, government and private data centres, contact centres, shared services, R&D centres and other facilities
For the sake of experiencing the changes, I participated in an “Ambassador Tour” organised by a developer on 31st March 2017. It was an opportunity for me to grab some shots to be shared here.
We began the tour from the developer’s office and travelled down Persiaran Multimedia. Persiaran Multimedia is probably the most important road here as it runs through the middle Cyberjaya and almost all the other roads lead to this one (all road leads to Persiaran Multimedia?).
One of the first building we drove by is Shaftsbury Square. Established in 2012, Shaftsbury Square is located right next to MSC Malaysia Headquarters, MDEC and multiple enterprise buildings such as Century Square. It is a development with a vibrant blend of retail shops, offices and serviced apartments resting on a 13-acre of freehold land. Shaftsbury Square consist of:
- 3 office tower blocks
- 2 blocks of luxury SOHO/Serviced Apartments
- 150 units of retail shop-lots
From there, we continue moving along Persiaran Multimedia and stopped at a traffic light. We have arrived at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDEC). MDEC champions the MSC Malaysia initiative, to identify and accelerate domestic tech companies into global tech icons while attracting global investors.
Diagonally across the road is CyberSquare. CyberSquare is a mixed development project built by Binastra Group. It comes with 4 blocks which includes SoHo, office suites and retail outlets. The entire project is built on a 6.95-acre land with a total of 1,424 units. Recently completed, the 1 bedroom SoHo units were previously launched at RM252,000. A quick check in Propwall listed 1 bedroom SoHo units at RM280,000.
We continue driving along Persiaran Multimedia after the traffic light stop and turn left immediately. We arrived at Prima Avenue.
Prima Avenue is a one-stop collection of F&B outlets with brands such as Old Town Coffee which operates 24 hours, Kitchen Village that serves local cuisine, a drive-through Starbucks and fast food chain McDonalds. There is also sporting facilities and CIMB bank within the building. Being located in a strategic venue, Prima Avenue serves all the office buildings within it’s vicinity almost 24 hours a day. Soon you will be seeing more new retail brands opening that operates 24 hours.
I took this photo at 5pm (as seen on my watch though it was a little out focused) and Starbucks is pretty crowded. If this shot was taken at 10pm, the crowd would have tripled!
We are still along Persiaran Multimedia and we are approaching DPulze Shopping Centre, a very successful shopping mall in Cyberjaya. DPulze opened it’s door to the public in 2014 and business has been growing since then. Today, folks travel from surrounding towns such as Dengkil, Puchong and Putrajaya to shop and dine in DPulze.
One of the feature of Cyberjaya as a smart city and eco-friendly is to maintain low carbon footprint. If you pay attention to the photo above, you will a dedicated lane to the left of the road. These bicycle lanes are provided around the city to provide a safe path for cyclist.
We continue driving along Persiaran Multimedia (yes, Persiaran Multimedia is a long road!), and we finally arrived at the Persiaran Multimedia/Persiaran Bestari junction.
The Persiaran Multimedia/Persiaran Bestari junction will be a very busy junction in near future as more than 10 residential and commercial developments are location along Persiaran Bestari and the traffic flow converges towards Persiaran Multimedia.
More photos from Cyberjaya.
As Cyberjaya continue it’s journey of growth, the changes are dynamic. This article may only serve as a reference point for a ver short period of time as more developments are introduced and more establishments are unveiled.
I will try to keep you posted on the latest development in Cyberjaya. Do watch this space for updates.