Kampong Pandan Mosque, Perumahan Negara Pandan, Kuala Belait
Brunei Darussalam, one of the world’s oldest enduring monarchies, is also one of the youngest independent nations in the region.
Quiet and unassuming, this peaceful country – straddled by East Malaysia – rests inconspicuously along the northwest coastline of Borneo. With a total land area of 5,765 sq km, this tropical nation is home to some of the largest oilfields and natural gas reserves within Southeast Asia.
The petroleum industry, unsurprisingly, is the prime contributor to Brunei’s economy and wealth, accounting for over half of her GDP and 90 per cent of the country’s exports.
The Bruneian government, realising and understanding the risks of an overly one-dimensional economy, has been aggressively initiating economic diversification measures in recent years.
Ingrained with a culture of decorum and hospitality, this multi-ethnic nation is a reflection of the Malay way of life. With a relaxed lifestyle coupled with its pristine rainforests and forest reserve parks, serene stretches of sand beaches, and a burgeoning reputation as a scuba diving destination, Brunei is more than just an interesting pit stop between Sabah and Sarawak.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam rules the nation under the tenets of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy, in alignment with the deep-rooted traditions and values of Islam.
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