Diplomatic Corps in Brunei recently launched a photo exhibition dubbed “Brunei Darussalam from the Eyes of Foreign Diplomats and their Families” at the Royal Regalia Museum, featuring some 109 pictures of beautiful sceneries and moments foreign diplomats enjoy in the sultanate.

The ten-day showcase which is jointly organised with Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) serves as an opportunity for the locals to view familiar aspects of Brunei through the lenses of foreign diplomats.

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (C) at the launch of “Brunei Darussalam from the Eyes of Foreign Diplomats and their Families” exhibition. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

It is also held in appreciation of the notable development in bilateral relations between Brunei and resident diplomatic missions to the sultanate and out of gratitude to the government and people of Brunei for the great hospitality shown, said the diplomatic corps in a statement.

The event was attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and accompanied by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz, Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara.

Some of the photos displayed at the Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition held at the Royal Regalia Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

In his welcoming remarks at the event, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel Al-Maskari and exhibition organising committee members said that the exhibition is inspired by the famous saying “a picture is worth more than one thousand words”.

“Although some of the photos might not meet high standards in terms of resolution and other photography-related technicalities, yet the meanings these photos carry certainly speaks volume of its value,” he said.

Some of the photos displayed at the Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition held at the Royal Regalia Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The Dean further expressed his profound gratitude to all participating diplomatic missions for submitting their collections of variously themed photos and cooperation with the organising committee.

After the speech, Sheikh Ahmed invited Her Royal Highness to cut the ribbon which marked the exhibition launch.

Prior to viewing the photos, Her Royal Highness received a bouquet of flowers presented by Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Yoon Hyun-bong on behalf of the organising committee.

Some of the photos displayed at the Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition held at the Royal Regalia Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
Some of the photos displayed at the Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition held at the Royal Regalia Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

At the sideline of the event, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said that he was very impressed with the photos demonstrating wonderful expressions inspired by the way foreign diplomats and members of their family see Brunei – the people, culture and scenery.

For his part, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BIBD Mubashar H Khokhar said that as a bank that is Bruneian at Heart, it takes great pride in supporting the exhibition, agreeing that a picture is indeed worth more than a thousand words.

Members of the diplomatic corps attending the official launch ceremony of the Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition held at the Royal Regalia Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Moreover, the photos are also up for bidding with proceeds 100 per cent go to charity which tender forms can be obtained at BIBD Head Office in Jalan Pemancha.

The exhibition will remain open for the public to see until December 26 and later on will be scheduled for ten days each to Belait District on December 29, Temburong District on January 9 and Tutong District on January 23.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Her Excellency Yoon Hyun Bong (R) along with her husband pose with her favourite photo during the official launch ceremony of the Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition held at the Royal Regalia Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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