Slide 1: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque Slide 2: Downtown Bandar Seri Begawan – The capital of Brunei Darussalam Slide 4: Brunei Darussalam is located in the northwestern coast of the island of Borneo. It covers a land area of 5,765 kilometers. Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of Brunei Darussalam with an area of about 16 sq. km and a population of about 46,000 It is located in the Brunei/Muara District, and is the centre of government and business activities. The official language is Malay, but English is widely spoken. Brunei Darussalam has an equatorial climate characterized by a uniform high temperature, high humidity and heavy rainfall. Temperature ranges from 23 - 32 Degree Celsius, while rainfall varies from 2,500 mm annually on the coast to 7,500 mm in the interior. There is no distinct wet season. Brunei Darussalam has been blessed with rich natural resources and a strategic location within the region. The majority of the country is covered in tropical rainforests teeming with exotic flora and fauna. Brunei Darussalam is well known for its natural resources of oil and natural gas and has embarked of a program of economic diversification. Slide 5: 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.These are kept in the Brunei Museum and the Malay Technology Museum; not only for the world to see but most importantly for today's generation to admire and be proud of, for future generation to emulate, perhaps and something to remind us of our forefather's natural skill, creativity and innovativeness which over generations has been ingrained as one of the richest traditional culture in the Malay world. Brunei Darussalam is richly endowed with cultural heritage steadfastly maintained until today. The setting up of the Arts and Handicraft Centre in 1975 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. Slide 6: The country offers a wide variety of attractive places to be visited and experienced. The rainforest and National Parks are rich in flora and fauna. Eco-tourism has gained importance in the country's economic activities to promote the conservation of its lush surroundings. Brunei’s goal is to preserve their way of life. Its most magnificent mosques, water village (traditional and historic houses on stilts), rich culture and Jerudong Theme Park are among the uniqueness of Brunei Darussalam. (For more information please go to: www.tourismbrunei.com) Islam is the official religion of Brunei Darussalam. Islam plays a central role in the life of every Muslim in Brunei Darussalam. Other faiths practiced in the State include Christianity and Buddhism. Orchids are commonly grown in Brunei. Slide 7: His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Brunei Slide 8: Brunei is an independent sovereign Sultanate that 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. My wives and I …
the Sultan of Brunei with his first and second wives at his recent 60th birthday celebrations. Brunei's administrative system is centred on the Prime Minister's Office, which has provided the thrust behind His Majesty's aim to introduce greater efficiency in the Government. The Government Official Web Site: http://www.brunei.gov.bn/index.htm Slide 10: Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque Slide 11: Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque:
with stone boat in the lagoon (a replica of a 16th-century mahligai barge). Slide 13: Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque: is known locally as the Kiarong Mosque. Slide 14: View from the roof of theJame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque Slide 16: Tamu Kianggeh Food Market Slide 17: Tamu Kianggeh Food Market Slide 18: Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex near Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a very chic shopping mall, comprising two twin Malay-style buildings. It is known locally as the Yshhb Complex, or just Yayasan. Slide 19: Kampung Ayer Kampung Ayer from the waterfront near customs wharf. Slide 23: Kampong Ayer, at low tide… Slide 24: Brunei: Seria town center with Plaza Seria market Slide 25: Brunei: river crossing at Kuala Belait Slide 26: Bandar Seri Begawan and Brunei river from aircraft Slide 27: Bandar Seri Begawan and Brunei river from aircraft Slide 28: Istana Nurul Iman: The sultan's palace Slide 30: Brunei Darussalam on Thursday ushered in what was described as one of the most significant moments in the country's history when Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah got married at a grand ceremony attended by thousands of distinguished guests. Slide 32: Bride-to-be to Brunei's Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah, Dayangku Sarah Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman, is escorted to the Malay traditional marriage powdering ceremony at the Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan, September 5, 2004. The royal couple will marry on Thursday. Picture taken on September 5 Brunei's Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah sits on a dais during a Malay traditional marriage powdering ceremony at the Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan Slide 33: The 30-year-old heir to the throne of this tiny oil-rich sultanate and his bride, 17 year old girl Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman forged a royal union at the Bersanding (Malay wedding) ceremony. Slide 36: A bride & bridegroom of modern Brunei Slide 37: The Sultan of Brunei is the Current Guinness World Record holder for most cars owned, pictured are a very few examples... Slide 38: Music ~ ‘Ingin Bersuah’---D J Dave’s cover of an old Hindi song.