Situated along the northwest coastline of Borneo, Brunei Darussalam is home to some of the biggest oil fields and natural gas reserves in Southeast Asia. It is a tranquil nation with a modest size of 5,765 square kilometres, contrasted by its wealth. It is divided into four districts: Brunei- Muara, Tutong, Belait and Temburong. As an equatorial country, Brunei has high rainfall and warm temperatures all year round.
Brunei’s economic success was driven by its oil and gas industry, which accounts for over half of its gross domestic product (GDP) and 90 per cent of its exports. To reduce its dependence on the oil and gas industry, the government has introduced policies and initiatives to nurture other industries and diversify economic growth.
The country’s population is ethnically diverse and has a reputation of being hospitable and accommodating among locals and visitors alike. The country has an abundance of lush rainforests and forest reserve parks, boasts kilometres of sand beaches and its diving scene has continuously garnered growing interest from both local and international divers.
Brunei is governed by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al- Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the country’s 29th ruler, and follows the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB), the national philosophy that underscores the Malay and Islamic values and traditions as the citizens’ way of life.
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