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About Brunei

Brunei  is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Brunei gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 1 January 1984. Economic growth during the 1990s and 2000s, averaging 56% from 1999 to 2008, transformed Brunei into an industrialised country.It is the only sovereign state completely on the island of Borneo; the remainder of the island's territory is divided between the nations of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Brunei's small, wealthy economy is a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, welfare measures, and village tradition.Brunei is accessible by air, sea, and land transport. Brunei International Airport is the main entry point to the country.

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 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.

Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei. The population of Bandar Seri Begawan is around 140,000 and the metropolitan area is 278,000 as for August 2010. Bandar Seri Begawan features a tropical rainforest climate with no real dry season.

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque was Built in 1958, it features a golden dome and an interior of Italian marble walls, carpeting and an elevator.

It also has tunnels, which are used by the sultan on journeys through the town.The Royal Ceremonial Hall or Lapau is Located in Jalan Kianggeh the Lapau (Royal Ceremonial Hall) is used for royal traditional ceremonies. It was here that the sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was crowned on 1 August 1968. The interior of the Lapau and sultan's throne are decorated in exquisite gold.

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