The 170-acre lake fronting Waterfront City at Lahat Mines is the latest attraction in Ipoh. This new watersports cum tourism site was officiated by Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri, Minister of Tourism and Culture, recently.

Water-related activities available for visitors include jet-skiing and going airborne on a seaplane. A 2.5-km jogging track has already been built for residents living in the vicinity and visitors who want to enjoy the panorama.

Gazebos and cycling tracks are also being planned to increase recreational activities on the whole. With this in the pipeline, Waterfront City is a one of its kind in Ipoh.

“We’ve tourists from other states and countries coming to Ipoh daily. The availability of direct flights from Singapore is a huge inducement for Singaporeans to visit the city mainly to sample the local food,” said Nazri.

“Our objective is to encourage tourists to stay in Ipoh for a longer period. I hope the allure of Waterfront City will make them stay up to a week, at the least,” he opined.

Ipoh’s colonial buildings, its myriad hawker food and planned activities at Waterfront City will add to the excitement. And with Visit Perak Year 2017 around the corner, the stage is set for a more vibrant tourism outlook come 2017.  

The developer of Waterfront City, Excellent Realty Sdn Bhd and Tourism Perak Management Berhad plan on organising an annual water carnival on the lake. Dragon boat race and jet-ski competitions are some of the sporting activities they have in mind. Year 2017 will definitely be a busy year.  

Khaleeja Suhaimi