Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. It is a place of worship for the Muslim community, a major landmark and a tourist attraction of Brunei.
The mosque's most recognizable feature - the main dome, is covered in pure gold. The mosque stands 52 m (171 ft) high and can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The main minaret is the mosque's tallest feature. In a unique way it mixes Renaissance and Italian architectural style.
The minaret has an elevator to the top, where a visitor can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The interior of the mosque is for prayer only, with features such as stained glass windows, arches, semi-domes and marble columns. Nearly all the material used for the building were imported from abroad: the marble from Italy, the granite from Shanghai, the crystal chandeliers from England and the carpets from Saudi Arabia.
Belait District Belait is the largest district in Brunei. The district is administered from the town of Kuala Belait, its capital. The district has a population of around 70,000 people (2006 census) most of whom live in Kuala Belait, the main town and Seria. The native inhabitants of the district are the Belait People and together with the other Bumiputera races form a majority in the district. A large minority of this population is ethnic Chinese, particularly those speaking Cantonese, Toisanese, and Hakka.
The Belait District, and Seria town in particular, is the heart of the oil and gas industry in Brunei. It has a large expatriate community, including many Dutch people. This is because Royal Dutch Shell has a major presence in the region.