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Brunei Darussalam

Background

Brunei Darussalam

The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.

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The Sultanate of Brunei (Full name: Negara Brunei Darussalam) is a small but - thanks to natural gas and petroleum resources - very rich country located in Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by Malaysia and has two parts physically separated by Malaysia, almost being an enclave. Strategically located on the South China Sea, close to vital sea lanes linking Indian and Pacific Oceans, it has an exclusive economic fishing zone that extends as far as Louisa Reef in the southern Spratly Islands although it makes no public territorial claim to the offshore reefs.

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Brunei DarussalamThe Empire Hotel & Country Club 

Negara Brunei Darussalam
Jerudong BG3122
Brunei Darussalam

Price (US$): $251 - $1012 / night

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Location. The Empire Hotel & Country Club is located on the beach in Jerudong, close to Empire Golf and Country Club, Jerudong Park Medical Centre, and Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club. Jerudong Park is also a point of interest near this luxury resort. Resort Features. In addition to 6 restaurants, The Empire Hotel & Country Club offers a coffee shop/café and a grocery/convenience store. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the… more »

Brunei DarussalamOrchid Garden Hotel 

Lot 31954 Simpang 9 Kg
Anggerek Desa Jalan Berakas
Bandar Seri Begawan BB3713
Brunei Darussalam

Price (US$): $109 - $110 / night

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Location. Located in Bandar Seri Begawan, Orchid Garden Hotel is near the airport and close to Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, International Convention Centre, and Royal Brunei Golf Club. Nearby points of interest also include The Mall and Royal Regalia Museum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Orchid Garden Hotel include 2 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include… more »

Brunei DarussalamRadisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam 

Jalan Tasek
PO Box 2203
Bandar Seri Begawan BS8674
Brunei Darussalam

Price (US$): $137 - $267 / night

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Location. Located in central Bandar Seri Begawan, Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam is near the airport and close to Royal Regalia Museum, International Convention Centre, and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Additional points of interest include Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque and Brunei Museum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities… more »

Brunei DarussalamJubilee Hotel 

Jubilee Plaza, Jalan KG Kianggeh
Bandar Seri Begawan BS8111
Brunei Darussalam

Price (US$): $68 - $129 / night

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Location. Jubilee Hotel is located in central Bandar Seri Begawan, close to Royal Regalia Museum, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, and Brunei Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque and Malay Technology Museum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Jubilee Hotel include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary English breakfast. The property has a complimentary airport… more »

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Brunei Darussalam

Full name
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Capital
Bandar Seri Begawan
Location

Southeastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia

Geographic coordinates

4 30 N, 114 40 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Delaware

Border countries

Malaysia 381 km

Coastline

161 km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid, rainy

Terrain

flat coastal plain rises to mountains in east; hilly lowland in west

Lowest point

South China Sea 0 m

Highest point

Bukit Pagon 1,850 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, timber

Population

395,027 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Malay 66.3%, Chinese 11.2%, indigenous 3.4%, other 19.1% (2004 est.)

Religions

Muslim (official) 67%, Buddhist 13%, Christian 10%, other (includes indigenous beliefs) 10%

Languages

Malay (official), English, Chinese

Government type

constitutional sultanate (locally known as Malay Islamic Monarchy)

Independence

1 January 1984 (from the UK)

National holiday

National Day, 23 February (1984); note - 1 January 1984 was the date of independence from the UK, 23 February 1984 was the date of independence from British protection

Chief of state

Sultan and Prime Minister Sir HASSANAL Bolkiah (since 5 October 1967); note - the monarch is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

Sultan and Prime Minister Sir HASSANAL Bolkiah (since 5 October 1967)

Internet country code

.bn

Internet users

314,900 (2009)

Airports

2 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Lumut, Muara, Seria

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