Brunei Hotel Accommodation - Travel and Hotels Guide
Brunei is located in the northwestern coast of the island of Borneo.
It covers a land area of 5,765 kilometers. Its nearest neighbor is Sarawak,
the eastern state of Malaysia. The districts of Brunei-Muara, Tutong and
Belait make up the larger western portion and are dominated by hilly lowlands,
swampy plains and valleys. The eastern district of Temburong is more mountainous
and has a land area of 1,288 sq. kilometers.
Brunei is an independent sovereign Sultanate, which is governed on the
basis of a written Constitution. His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan
is the supreme executive authority in Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty has
occupied the position of Prime Minister since resumption of independence
in 1984. His Majesty is also the Minister of Defence and Finance.
Land and People
Located 443km north of the Equator, the countrys land area covers
5,765 sq km. It faces the South China Sea on Borneos north western
shore and shares a common border with the East Malaysian state of Sarawak.
There are four districts: Brunei-Muara, Temburong, Tutong and Belait.
The Climate is equatorial: hot, humid and wet all year round.
Brunei Darussalams population grew at an annual average rate of
2.7% from 211,400 in 1984 to 330,700 in 1999. It comprises of two-thirds
Malay and the rest are other indigenous peoples, Chinese and expatriates.
Malay is the official language but English is widely used. Though the
official religion is Islam, other faiths are also practiced.
Brunei Darussalam is richly endowed with cultural heritage steadfastly
maintained until today. The setting up of the Arts and Handicraft Centre
in 1975 in Bandar Seri Begawan is a living testimony as to the preservation
and the proliferation of the arts and crafts of the bygone days which
Brunei was renown for such as boat making, silver-smithing, bronze tooling,
cloth weaving as well as mat and basket weaving. Relics and other various
artistic heritage of Brunei Darussalam besides the ones mentioned above
include Malay weaponry, woodcarvings, traditional games, traditional musical
instruments, 'silat' (the traditional art of self defense) and decorative
items for women.
Brunei is practically dependent on the oil industry and it is said that
the pumps are not likely to run dry until the year 2020. In anticipation
of this day, Brunei is currently diversifying their economy to other industry
such as rice farming, forestry and beef production. However, oil production
has been increased during the 1990s and new fields have been discovered.
Brunei also exports some rubber. It is no doubt one of the world's largest
exporters of liquefied natural gas.