Former Indonesian President BJ Habibie’s billion-dollar project to transform Batam reaches next milestone
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Batam locals and travellers can look forward to the island’s very first mega-mall, Pollux Mall Batam, equivalent to the size of Singapore’s Ngee Ann City. Pollux Mall Batam is just one part of the Meisterstadt Batam project, a masterplan to transform the skyline of Batam, helmed by former Indonesian president Dr. Ing. H. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie. He also serves as honorary chairman to Pollux Habibie International, the company overseeing the project. 

The Meisterstadt Batam project will cover a sprawling land space of over 8.6 hectares, and will include the 860,000 square-foot Pollux Mall Batam, eight residential towers, a hotel, a hospital that will benefit locals in Batam, and a 100-storey office building measuring 350 metres, around twice the height of Singapore’s famous Marina Bay Sands. The project reached a new milestone on 5 March 2019 with a topping-off ceremony for its second residential tower. The ceremony was attended by Dr Ilham Akbar Habibie, son of Dr B.J. Habibie and President Commissioner of Pollux Habibie International, as well as Mr Po Sun Kok, Chairman of Pollux Group. 

“We’re heartened to be so close to bringing the first phase of Meisterstadt Batam to both the locals and the many tourists visiting the island. This is just a small step in our long-term vision to transform Batam Island. After Phase 1, we look forward to unveiling more groundbreaking constructions that will become iconic landmarks of the Batam skyline,” said Mr Ilham Habibie. Pollux Habibie International aims to complete the construction of four residential towers, known as the Wunderbar Residences, and a portion of the mall by this year, as the first phase of the Meisterstadt Batam project.

By the second quarter of next year, visitors to Batam and locals can visit Pollux Mall Batam, which will consist of popular brands and F&B outlets, some of which are the first-of-their-kind in Batam, as well as a cinema.