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Brunei`s Royal Wedding Album
roya l b ru n e i a ir l in e s | July - August 2015
BY ROYA L B R U N E I A I R L I N E S | July - August 2015
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Brunei’s Royal
Wedding Album.
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Best of Brunei
Happy Wedding Anniversary, Your Majesties!
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Keistimewaan Brunei
Allah Peliharakan KDYMM Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan
dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam &
KDYMM Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri.
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LIFESTYLE
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WELCOME ABOARD
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Deputy Chairman’s
Message
Inside RB
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WELCOME ONBOARD DEPUTY CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE
RB’s rebranded
Customer Service
Centre and Royal
Skies Elite Lounge
and new heritage
inspired uniforms for
Customer Service
Centre, Royal Skies
and Airport Ground
Service staff.
Dear Guests,
Welcome aboard your flight today with Royal Brunei
Airlines (RB). Our team is working very hard to
constantly improve and innovate our customer
service and we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy
the experience.
In this issue of our lively and ever popular inflight
magazine Muhibah, it is our privilege to honour
the 69th birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal
Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and
Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
This year, RB is itself proud to celebrate the 40th
anniversary of our first flight. On behalf of all RB staff
past and present, we would like to express our sincere
gratitude to His Majesty for his active support and
encouragement for RB from the very beginning.
As many of our frequent passengers are aware, RB
commenced our rebranding journey with the new livery
for our Dreamliner fleet in October 2013. Since then
the new heritage-inspired uniforms we introduced for
our cabin crew, customer service centre personnel and
airport staff in Brunei and around the world have been
very well received.
Most recently, we launched our newly rebranded,
state-of-the-art Customer Service Centre at RB Plaza
in Bandar Seri Begawan, and introduced a new Premier
Check-In Lounge at Brunei International Airport.
Our website www.flyroyalbrunei.com also underwent
a major facelift with the addition of a richer content
Check out eMuhibah at www.flyroyalbrunei.com Be a fan on
on all our destinations and a new user-friendly
infrastructure. The website also features better data
on comparison of fares, clearer flight information
and a layout that is easier to navigate.
New ancillary services are also featured, enabling
passengers to book preferred seats and purchase
extra baggage at attractive online rates. Finally, a
new Manage My Booking feature is now available,
allowing passengers to view and update their
booking details at any time from the comfort of
their home.
We have also launched a new mobile website;
enabling passengers to make flight bookings on
their smart phones. These new initiatives will greatly
enhance our ability to meet the expectations of our
ever-growing internet-savvy customers.
As always, I would like to conclude with a sincere
word of thanks to you for flying with RB today and,
for our part, we will continue do our best to earn
your support in the future.
With warm good wishes,
Dermot Mannion
Deputy Chairman
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WELCOME ONBOARD INSIGHTS
INSIDE RB
Roundup of Royal Brunei Airlines happenings.
REBRANDED CUSTOMER
SERVICE CENTRE AND ROYAL
SKIES ELITE LOUNGE
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF FLIGHT
RB marked its 40 years of flight on 14 May, 2015 with a breakfast get together
attended by the original 1975 cabin crew of the first Singapore flight. Then, on
26 May, 2015 a thanksgiving event was held, graced by Guest of Honour and
RB chairman, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Hj Bahrin. Also present were
RB’s board of directors, management, members of staff and RB’s former cabin
crew who were enrolled in 1975.
RB also celebrated 40 years of flight to Hong Kong at Royal Plaza hotel
in Hong Kong on 22 May, 2015. Present was RB’s International Brand
Ambassador, Wu Chun.
RB has launched its newly refurbished
and rebranded Customer Service Centre
and Royal Skies Elite Lounge at RB Plaza
in Bandar Seri Begawan. Present as
Guest of Honour was Yang Mulia Dato
Paduka Awang Hj Bahrin Abdullah, Deputy
Minister of Finance and Chairman of
the Board of Directors of RB. All visitors
to the Centre will benefit from shorter
processing times and there is even a new
self-service area with free computers
and WiFi access where passengers can
complete their own transactions.
Opening hours for all customers
(including Royal Skies Gold and Silver
members) at the new Plaza Centre will be
8am to 4pm (Monday – Saturday)*.
The RB Plaza event also marked the
launch of a new state-of-the-art RB Call
Centre located on the first floor. Extended
calling hours will now be available to
customers at 221-2222 from 7am to
10pm (Monday to Saturday)* and from
7am to 5pm on Sundays.
* Except for Friday midday prayer break from 12noon to 2pm.
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REBRANDING JOURNEY
AND 27TH ANNIVERSARY
OF FLIGHT TO DUBAI
RB GAMES
The RB Games, an internal sports day
for staff, was held at the Royal Brunei
Recreation Centre (RBRC) on 24 May,
2015. Staff were divided into 4 teams:
Wira, Aman, Ria and Megah. Team
Megah came out as champion for RB
Games 2015. RBRC also launched its
new logo at the event.
RB ROADSHOW
IN SHENZHEN
RB held a two-day
roadshow at Holiday
Plaza in Shenzhen,
China from 13-14
June, 2015 to promote
holiday packages in
Brunei and beyond.
RB International Brand
Ambassador, Wu
Chun, also made an
appearance on the
second day of the
roadshow to interact
with fans.
RB has launched its newly refurbished
and rebranded office in Dubai at
Centurian Star. Present to launch the
office as Guest of Honour was His
Excellency Mohd Yusra Hj Mohd Salleh,
Brunei’s Ambassador to the United
Arab Emirates. Also present were
travel agents, RB business partners
and media. At the same event, RB also
formally introduced Cozmo Travel as the
new GSA for United Arab Emirates. The
new GSA agreement was signed by Mr.
Jamal Abdulnazar, representing Cozmo
Travel and Mr. Karam Chand, Chief
Commercial and Planning Officer of RB.
Under the new agreement, Cozmo will
operate an exclusive RB retail outlet
in Dubai, together with shared outlets
across each of the other Emirates.
BALI ON BOARD
RB collaborated with
MagicMedia and a few
Bruneian surfers to bring
Bali On Board; a four
episode travel web-series
that centres on a group of
Bruneian surfers from all
walks of life exploring the
wonders of Bali.
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FEATURES BEST OF BRUNEI
In one poignant image, His Majesty
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, is seen
caressing his son, HRH Prince
‘Abdul Malik’s hand, while the
blessing of the bride took place.
These, among the many moments
photographed at HRH Prince
‘Abdul Malik’s recent Royal
Wedding, showed a rare glimpse to
the side of His Majesty – a loving
father who is close to his son than
many realise.
When Brunei announced in
January 2015 of the Royal Marriage
between HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik
and (then) Dayangku Raabi’atul
‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah,
the entire nation rejoiced. The
Royal Wedding took place over a
period of 11 days from 5 to 15 April,
2015. A high level Royal Wedding
Committee was set up to oversee
the upcoming nuptials, advised
by none other – His Majesty the
Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam.
His Majesty opened wide the doors
of Istana Nurul Iman to welcome
royals, nobilities, foreign dignitaries
and envoys to share in celebrating
his beloved son’s joyous union in
pomp and ceremony, unique to a
traditional Bruneian Royal Wedding.
In the days that were to follow, the
nation – and the world – would
witness one of the most dazzling
ceremonies and splendours to
date, but more importantly, the
legacy of father and son that goes
beyond a royal title.
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Di salah satu imej yang telah
diabadikan, Kebawah Duli Yang Maha
Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan
Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin
Waddaulah kelihatan membelai
tangan paduka anakanda, YTM
Paduka Seri Duli Pengiran Muda
‘Abdul Malik, dengan penuh kasih
sayang ketika pengantin perempuan
berkenan diculiki bedak DiRaja.
Imej ini, di antara kenangan yang
dirakamkan ketika Majlis Istiadat
Perkahwinan DiRaja YTM Paduka Seri
Duli Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Malik baru
ini, telah memberi gambaran Kebawah
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri
Baginda Sultan – seorang ayah
penyayang yang rapat dengan paduka
anakanda Baginda daripada yang
disedari oleh orang ramai.
Apabila pengumuman majlis
perkahwinan DiRaja di antara YTM
Paduka Seri Duli Pengiran Muda
‘Abdul Malik dan Dayangku Raabi’atul
‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah
disiarkan pada Januari 2015, suasana
serta perasaan kemeriahan orang
ramai dapat terasa. Jawatankuasa
Tertinggi telah ditubuhkan untuk
menyelia upacara-upacara majlis
istiadat perkahwinan DiRaja yang
berlangsung pada 5 hingga 15 April,
2015, dan dinasihati oleh Kebawah
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri
Baginda Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan
Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Pintu Istana Nurul Iman terbuka luas
untuk menyambut hadirin kerabat
DiRaja, bangsawan serta orang
kenamaan asing bersama meraikan
perkahwinan DiRaja dengan penuh
kegemilangan tradisi dan keunikan
adat Istiadat Perkahwinan DiRaja
Brunei. Dalam hari yang berikut,
seluruh negara – dan dunia –
telah menyaksikan suatu upacara
majlis yang penuh keagungan dan
beristiadat DiRaja. Tetapi jauh lebih
penting ialah warisan di antara
seorang ayah and anak yang
menjangkaui gelaran DiRaja.
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Dirgahayu
It is with utmost gratitude and sincere appreciation
on this most auspicious occasion,
Lufthansa Technik and the Lufthansa Aviation Group
send their most heartfelt birthday wishes to
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and
Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
We are indeed proud, privileged and most honoured
to have been selected to serve His Majesty The Sultan’s Flight
for decades. Lufthansa assures its continuous commitment
and dedication in supporting HMSF’s flight operation
and aircraft maintenance.
Happy birthday and Happy landings.
THE ROYAL MARRIAGE
PROPOSAL CEREMONY
His Majesty, on behalf of HRH
Prince ‘Abdul Malik, dispatched a
royal entourage to the residence of
the bride-to be to seek her hand in
marriage on 5 April.
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
BERSURUH DIRAJA
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia
Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan dan
Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei
Darussalam, sebagai wakil
YTM Paduka Seri Duli Pengiran
Muda ‘Abdul Malik, telah menghantar
sebuah rombongan DiRaja ke
kediaman bakal pengantin perempuan
untuk meminang pada 5 April.
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THE COMMENCEMENT
OF ROYAL VIGIL NIGHT
CEREMONY
From 6 April onwards, royalties,
aristocrats and distinguished guests
observed the royal ceremonial
custom with the recital of verses
from the Holy Qur’an and traditional
activities until 15 April.
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
MEMBUKA GENDANG
JAGA-JAGA DIRAJA
Bermula dari 6 April, ahli-ahli
Kerabat DiRaja, Yang Amat Mulia
Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, MenteriMenteri Kabinet, Pengiran-Pengiran
Peranakan, Pehin-Pehin Manteri serta
tetamu kenamaan menghadiri majlis
yang lazimnya berlangsung setiap
malam mengikut peraturan istiadat
dan tertib majlis istiadat DiRaja.
Ketika Istiadat Berjaga-jaga, majlis
diserikan dengan bacaan ayat-ayat
suci Al-Qur’an dan aktiviti permainan
tradisi sehingga 15 April.
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THE ROYAL DOWRY AND
ENGAGEMENT CEREMONY
HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik is officially
engaged to YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri
Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah on the
acceptance of the royal engagement gifts.
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
MENGHANTAR
TANDA DIRAJA DAN
PERTUNANAGAN DIRAJA
Pertunangan YTM Paduka Seri Duli
Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Malik dengan
YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran
Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah telah dirasmikan
setelah penerimaan tanda pertunangan
DiRaja disempurnakan.
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THE ROYAL
POWDERING
CEREMONY
Amid royal gun salute,
members of the Royal Family,
led by His Majesty and Her
Majesty, took turns to grace
the royal couple with coloured
powder paste and scented oil
applied upon on open palms.
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
BERBEDAK
PENGANTIN DIRAJA
Diiringi tembakan meriam di
perkarangan istana, ahli-ahli Kerabat
DiRaja, didahului keberangkatan
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia
Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan dan
Yang di-Pertuan Negara Brunei
Darussalam dan Kebawah Duli Yang
Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda
Raja Isteri, berkenan menculiki bedak
berwarna dan minyak wangi DiRaja
pada tapak tangan pengantin DiRaja.
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and Warmest Wishes to
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah,
the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam
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THE ROYAL MARRIAGE
SOLEMNISATION
CEREMONY
On 9 April, His Majesty and the
male members of the Royal Family
bore witness to the solemnisation
ceremony between HRH Prince
‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran
Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul
‘Adawiyyah held at the Sultan Omar
’Ali Saifuddien Mosque.
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
AKAD NIKAH DIRAJA
Pada 9 April, Kebawah Duli Yang
Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda
Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara
Brunei Darussalam dengan diiringi
ahli-ahli Kerabat DiRaja berangkat
sama ke Majlis Istiadat Akad Nikah
DiRaja yang berlangsung di Masjid
Sultan Omar ’Ali Saifuddien.
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THE ROYAL SITTING-INSTATE CEREMONY
On 12 April, the royal groom and bride,
resplendent in gold brocade attire, were ‘King
and Queen’ for the day with royalties from
Malaysia, Heads of State and diplomatic
envoys attending the joyous event.
Pada 12 April, pengantin DiRaja kelihatan
berseri-seri dalam pakaian broked emas,
merupakan ‘Raja dan Permaisuri’ sehari
dengan ahli-ahli kerabat DiRaja dari
Malaysia, ketua-ketua negara serta para
utusan diplomatik yang telah hadir beramai
untuk meraikan bersama hari yang penuh
kegembiraan ini.
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Information Department Brunei
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
BERSANDING PENGANTIN
DIRAJA
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THE ROYAL WEDDING
BANQUET CEREMONY
His Majesty and Her Majesty hosted a banquet
reception at Istana Nurul Iman’s Banquet Hall in
honour of the royal couple.
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
PERSANTAPAN PENGANTIN
DIRAJA
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri
Baginda Sultan dan Yang di-Pertuan Negara Brunei
Darussalam dan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia
Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri berkenan berangkat
ke Majlis Istiadat Persantapan DiRaja yang telah
berlangsung di Dewan Santap Istana Nurul Iman
sempena meraikan pasangan Pengantin DiRaja.
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THE ROYAL THANKSGIVING
AND CLOSING OF VIGIL
CEREMONY
HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah consented
to led the conclusion of the 11-day royal
wedding festivities on 15 April with a du’a
recital and a 21-gun salute.
MAJLIS ISTIADAT
MEMBACA DOA SELAMAT
AND MENUTUP GENDANG
JAGA-JAGA
DYTM Paduka Seri Pengiran Bendahara
Seri Maharaja Permaisuara Pengiran
Muda Hj Sufri Bolkiah berkenan berangkat
menutup upacara Majlis Istiadat
Perkahwinan DiRaja yang telah berlangsung
selama 11 hari dengan pembacaan doa dan
tembakan hormat 21 das senapang pada
15 April.
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SPECIAL FEATURE BEST OF BRUNEI
Happy
Anniversary
Wedding
Your Majesties!
As His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah and Her Majesty
Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
celebrate their 50th anniversary this July,
MUHIBAH marks their Golden Anniversary
with their glorious wedding photos.
Words JACQUELINE WONG
Images BRUNEI ARCHIVES
KDYMM
Allah Peliharakan
Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan dan Yang
Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam &
KDYMM Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri
Sempena ulang tahun Perkahwinan DiRaja ke-50
KDYMM Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal
Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah dan KDYMM Paduka
Seri Baginda Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
pada bulan Julai ini, MUHIBAH turut meraikan
dengan imej peristiwa yang terulung ini.
Teks JACQUELINE WONG
Imej ARKIB BRUNEI
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The Royal Marriage
Solemnisation Ceremony
(Majlis Istiadat Akad Nikah
DiRaja) of His Majesty
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah was
held at the Sultan Omar ’Ali
Saifuddien Mosque on 28 July,
1965. His Majesty is married
to Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri
Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha,
his first cousin.
Majlis Istiadat Akad Nikah
DiRaja KDYMM Paduka
Seri Baginda Sultan
Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah
telah berlangsung di Masjid
Sultan Omar ’Ali Saifuddien
pada 28 Julai, 1965. KDYMM
Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan
menyempurnakan Majlis
Istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja
dengan KDYMM Paduka Seri
Baginda Raja Isteri Pengiran
Anak Hajah Saleha, yang
merupakan sepupu Baginda.
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The Al-Marhum Sultan
Haji Omar ’Ali Saifuddien
Sa’adul Khairi Waddien with
His Majesty Sultan Haji
Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin
Waddaulah just before His
Majesty’s Royal Sitting-inState Ceremony (Majlis
Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin
DiRaja) on 29 July, 1965.
Al-Marhum Sultan Haji
Omar ’Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul
Khairi Waddien mengiringi
KDYMM Paduka Seri Baginda
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ketika
berangkat ke Majlis Istiadat
Bersanding DiRaja Baginda
pada 29 Julai, 1965.
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The royal couple during
the Royal Sitting-in-State
Ceremony at Istana Darul Hana
on 29 July, 1965.
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Pengantin DiRaja ketika di Majlis
Istiadat Bersanding DiRaja di
Istana Darul Hana pada 29
Julai, 1965.
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His Majesty with Her Majesty
at the Royal Banquet hosted in
their honour.
KDYMM Paduka Seri Baginda
Sultan serta KDYMM Paduka
Seri Baginda Raja Isteri ketika
di Majlis Istiadat Persantapan
Pengantin DiRaja.
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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is an illustrious and
genuine historical splendour. True to its original 1930s
glamorous spirit as the gathering place of choice in Kuala
Lumpur during its heydays before it closed in 1984, the
hotel’s sensitively-restored grandiose is a tribute to this rich
heritage and hospitality.
The re-opening in 2012 continues not just this celebrated
legacy, but reacquaints guests with the hotel’s unique English
traditions. As it remains steadfast in being an enduring
historical icon, it’s time to consider some of the best
Majestic experiences not to be missed.
THE AFTERNOON TEA
A tradition that dates back to the 1800s, the revival of
pausing for tea and making tea drinking culture fashionable
is a signature of The Majestic. Served to perfection daily,
the Afternoon Tea experience is further refined with elegant
service: traditional cake stand, exquisite array of tea delights
customary of the hour, and polished silverware with fine
China and white, starched linen napkins. Then, there are
the various venues for you to choose to have your tea. The
surreal Orchid Conservatory, the classic Drawing Room or
the refurbished Colonial Cafe.
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A SNIP AND A SUIT
AT THE SMOKE HOUSE
Private gentlemen’s clubs were once hallowed
institutions of the strictly male aristocrats and upper
class society. At The Majestic’s Smoke House, while
restoring the languorous and refined resting place
geared towards English gents, the place provides a
sanctuary for discreet networking and fraternal relations.
The hushed decor, plush leather chairs and dim lighting
are all inspiration from British gentlemen’s clubs where
can be found, among others, a private dining room with
a Chef on call, a bespoke tailor, a gentlemen’s grooming
parlour and a screening room. In this oasis of tranquility,
guests can book an appointment at Truefitt & Hill, a
full-service gentleman’s barbershop with an extensive
service that includes a traditional hot towel wet shave;
or request to have a made-to-measure suit crafted to
perfection. The Smoke House Gentleman’s Membership
allows you to enjoy the privilege of Truefitt & Hill’s Royal
Cut Barber Service that can last a year (12 visits), a
night’s stay at the Majestic Wing and dining vouchers
at Contango, known for its bountiful buffet spread and
lively open kitchen concept.
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The Majestic Wing delivers vintage
architectural charm for those looking to
experience the hotel’s old splendour. The
47 luxurious suites are styled to evoke
colonial flashbacks albeit with a hint of
Art Deco styling. Clean lines meet dark
timber flooring, chrome-clawed bath tubs
stand against wooden shutters, while
a warm palette upholstery plays to a
backdrop of decadent linens. Throw modcon luxuries into the mix – flat screen TV,
free WiFi and a separate vanity area – and
the suites make for a sophisticated city
break. It’s a study in English hospitality
too, with butlers assigned to every suite
floor, providing 24 hours assistance.
AN ENGLISH REPOSE
AT THE MAJESTIC SPA
The award-winning Spa Village brand gets an English twist at
The Majestic Spa. Housed in an elegant annexe and styled
after Charles Rennie Macintosh’s Willow Tearooms, it literally
transports you visually to another world. The extensive
treatment menu cues upon the quintessential English feel
of manors past, with roses and lavender at the heart of its
ingredient. The English Afternoon Tea treatment is a nod to all
things sweet and decadent. This luxurious two-hour ritual has
a berries scrub made from scratch before the body is treated
to a berries oil massage. The fragrant English rose natural facial
is a nice touch to the treatment where fresh rose petals prevail.
Stressed city folk also opt for the indulgent three-hour Queen
Victoria’s Lavender pampering where, under the best hands in
the business, you’ll undergo a breathing ritual, have your body
scrubbed with lavender buds and have it topped off with a
relaxing lavender oil massage. For those looking to make this
their regular crash pads, The Majestic Spa Membership gets
you 10 complimentary treatments with added extras such as
two dining vouchers for 2 at Contango, an overnight stay in the
Colonial Suite, 20 percent discount off afternoon tea at the Tea
Lounge, and unlimited use of the gym and spa pool.
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WITH THE FOCUS FIRMLY ON LOCAL, ARTISAN PRODUCES AND
MANUFACTURERS, QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET (OR FONDLY
CALLED ‘VIC MARKET’ OR ‘QUEEN VIC’), IS WHERE YOU CAN
GET THE FLAVOUR OF AUSTRALIA IN ONE PLACE.
Sensory
Branding
The Queen Victoria Market is the grand dame
of sight, smell and sound of real Melbourne.
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Images JACQUELINE WONG
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SINCE 1878, PRODUCERS AND SELLERS HAVE GATHERED TOGETHER ALMOST EVERY DAY AT
THIS HERITAGE MARKETPLACE TO OFFER SHOPPERS FRESH PRODUCE, HANDMADE FOOD AND
DELICIOUS SNACKS SPREAD OVER TWO CITY BLOCKS.
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EXPERIENCE THE VIBRANCY OF A WORKING MARKET AND JOIN THE LOCALS AS THEY SHOP.
TALK DIRECTLY WITH LOCAL PRODUCERS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT WHERE YOUR FOOD
COMES FROM.
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WANDER THROUGH THE OLD-FASHIONED DELI HALL AND
BE IMPRESSED WITH SPICES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
BUTCHERS OFFER NATIVE EXOTIC MEATS LIKE KANGAROO,
EMU AND CROCODILE …
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… WHILE IN THE OPEN AIR SECTION, THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GROWERS DISPLAY ORGANIC
AND HERITAGE VEGETABLES AND LOCAL HOMEGROWN VARIETIES.
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SOAK UP THE SIGHTS, SMELLS AND SOUNDS THAT HAVE MADE
QUEEN VIC PART OF THE CITY’S HISTORY. THE MARKET ALSO
OFFERS FOOD, HERITAGE AND ‘MARKET INSIDER’ WALKING
TOURS FOR A FEE.
www.qvm.com.au
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BRITAIN
Quintessential English
experiences that won’t hurt
your wallet!
Words SURIANI ARIFF
Who says UK travel has to be expensive? It takes a little bit
of imagination and research to help you get the most of your
pound. Much of that has to do with doing what the locals do.
VisitEngland
For instance, one of the most underrated experiences not known
to visitors is taking in London’s sights on a bus tour. But when
we say bus tour, we mean a regular bus taken by Londoners
and tourists alike. The number 24 is hard to beat: get on at
Westminster Abbey, wave to the British Prime Minister as you
pass Downing Street, balk at Trafalgar Square, hop off at the
theatre district for a half-price show (see below), then continue
on to Camden, famous for its cheap kebabs, or to the end of the
route at Hampstead. There you can loll about on the heath or
take a dip in its pools.
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Trafalgar Square
has been a central
meeting place since
the Middle Ages!
The number 9 is another great route and good for seeing
how London’s rich and royal live from aboard an old-style
Routemaster bus. The trip begins at Somerset House, takes in
Trafalgar Square (get off for the free – and excellent – National
Gallery and National Portrait Gallery), continues through
Knightsbridge where you can window shop at Harrods from
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The Routemaster is
London’s formal name
for the iconic red bus.
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The Oyster Card is
a pay-as-you-go
smartcard for use on
all London Transport.
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You may not see
Princess Charlotte, but
you can see her digs at
Kensington Palace.
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Afternoon Tea at
The Fan Museum is
London’s best kept
secret.
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An Afternoon Tea is
elegant, dainty and
delicious.
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your passenger seat, then passes the Royal Albert Hall
and Kensington Palace, the London home of the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge. Shortly before it ends at
Hammersmith, the bus stops at Holland Park. Have a picnic
here in the Japanese garden and admire the resident
peacocks. Tip: get a Visitor Oyster Card before you arrive in
Britain and save money and time – start using as soon as
you land.
And what’s London without catching a West End show? If
you head to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square, you could
get your hands on excellent on-the-day deals and half price
bargains. Those travelling early in January and February
should make the most of the Get Into London Theatre
scheme, which sees more than 65 top shows selling tickets
for £10, £20, £30 or £40. Booking starts in December.
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© The Fan Museum, London
For the quintessential English afternoon pastime, a visit to
London must include an Afternoon Tea. A combination of
Britishness and deliciousness, the best teas are towering
with delights both sweet and savoury: sandwiches on the
bottom, then scones, then cakes, and all washed down
with a pot of Earl Grey (or whatever leaf floats your boat).
Afternoon Tea can be taken in many places throughout
Britain, but those in the know always head to London’s Fan
Museum that consistently wins praise for its ‘best value’
afternoon tea, priced unbelievably at only £7.
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The world descends
on Wimbledon every
summer for two weeks
of tennis.
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Westfield London
takes the crown
for Europe’s largest
shopping centre.
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Of course you’ve got
to catch a West End
show in London!
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Glyndebourne offers
world class opera.
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If you’re around for Wimbledon season, did you know
that Grounds Admission tickets for south-west London’s
Wimbledon Championships can be surprisingly cheap – as
little as £15 buys you access to Courts 3-19 (and Henman
Hill) for an entire day? This drops to £11 if you enter after
5pm with prices differing depending on the date. For
instance, it’s cheaper to go during the second week of the
tournament. You do have to queue up for tickets, but the
atmosphere is great and queuing is indeed a very British
experience in itself.
• Watch Glyndebourne’s world class opera for less
than you think
Going to Glyndebourne is, for some, a summer tradition
– and for others a unique, one-off chance to dip into
British high society, picnic in sumptuous grounds and
dressing in black tie before settling down to world class
opera. Yes, some people pay £250 for the privilege,
but there are standing tickets available from £10, and
if you’re under 30, you can get excellent seats for just
£30. The Glyndebourne tour takes in several UK venues,
but always starts at Glyndebourne itself, so you can
enjoy the grounds in the autumn and get a flavour of
the festival for a fraction of the price. Glyndebourne is
in Lewes, South East England, approximately an hour by
train from London.
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Round up your London stay with some discounted shopping.
When you buy something on the VisitBritain shop (a good
idea if you want to make savings on attractions like Madame
Tussauds, London Dungeon and the London Aquarium) you
get a VIP pass to Westfield London or Westfield Stratford
City offering up to 20% off your purchases. Both Westfields
have a mixture of high street and designer stores, as well as
fun non-shopping activities like an All Star Lanes bowling
alley at the Stratford City branch.
Now let’s look at other ways you can maximise fun on a
minimum budget around Britain.
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Catch the Premier
League action
backstage with
stadium tours.
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Beaumaris Castle in
Anglesey, Wales is just
one stunning example
of Britain’s wellpreserved history.
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Powis Castle is a
beautiful medieval
castle, grand mansion
and an old fortress.
• Enjoy the footy
If, like millions of people around the world, you follow the
Barclays Premier League, there is nothing like actually
experiencing a match for yourself in Britain, and grabbing
the opportunity to indulge your passion for the Beautiful
Game on stadium tours and more. Going to a match can
be cheaper than you think: Thomas Cook Sport Match
Break packages start from £89 (which includes a match
ticket and a hotel stay). Meanwhile, stadium tours are a
fantastic way for footy fans to go ‘backstage’ and even run
through the players’ tunnel out onto the pitch. Manchester
City’s tour is £14 on the VisitBritain shop. Manchester is
also home to the free National Football Museum, where
you can try out a penalty shoot-out and even smell the
players’ socks (!) should you wish. It is home to the world’s
greatest collection of football collection.
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• Lord it up in a stately home or a castle
Britain is spoiled with hundreds of gorgeous castles and
stately homes, which tell the story of lords and ladies,
knights and battles, pomp, pageantry and upstairsdownstairs scandals and histories. And so many of them
are intact and ready to be explored just as though their
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Chartwell, in Kent.
former inhabitants had popped out for tea with a neighbour
– or indeed, in many cases, the owners still live there (but
don’t mind you coming to visit). The VisitBritain shop
sells passes that let you visit multiple properties and save
money in the process. The National Trust touring pass,
which costs £25, pays for itself after a couple of visits to
properties, so go to a third and you’re saving. And there
are plenty to choose between – Winston Churchill’s home,
Chartwell, in Kent (South East England), Game of Thrones
filming location Castle Ward in Northern Ireland’s County
Down, and magical Welsh castle and world famous gardens
at Powis Castle and Garden. Scotland has its own National
Trust Discover Ticket, priced £22.50. It lasts 14 days, and
if you visit one attraction each day you save over £100.
Choose from Culzean Castle, the Glencoe Visitor Centre
(Glencoe was a Skyfall filming location) and the Robert
Burns Birthplace Museum.
• Walk into a postcard in Wales
Wales is the only country in the world with a continuous
path around its entire coastline – aptly named The Wales
Coast Path – and to walk around it will cost you nothing.
Head to the Isle of Anglesey to walk the beautiful north
Wales and fall in love with the landscape, just like the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge did when they lived there. There
are more than 600 castles in Wales, and Beaumaris in
Anglesey is said to be ‘the most technically perfect castle
in Britain’, and only costs £5.25 to visit. Accommodation
need not mean a huge expense, and it can mean a totally
unique experience.
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It costs you nothing to
walk along the scenic
Wales Coast Path.
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A crystal clear view
out to the Atlantic Sea
from the cliff-tops of
Caldey Island on the
Pembrokeshire coast.
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Literary
Haven
Some of the world’s
best independent
bookstores and why
we love them.
Words JEFFREY LIM
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Bookstores are magical places. When
in a foreign land, it provides a sanctuary
for the mind to take respite. It’s a place
for you to dream, find inspiration and
connect with other passionate book
lovers. Independent bookstores are
even more special, as there seems
to be a ‘connect’ between customer
and owner, especially in times when
businesses can become impersonal. A
great bookstore is more than just books.
It builds relationships. Sometimes, there
comes along one or two eccentric ones,
but that’s okay. In the language of books,
every one has a story to tell. Here, some
bookstores you should not miss if your
travels bring you there.
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This is a dream of a bookstore.
Located in the basement of
one of Santorini’s white houses,
Atlantis Books was started by
young American and European
bibliophiles who fell giddily in love
with the Mediterranean. The books
are all handpicked by the owners.
A haven for readers and writers,
the cool quarters also play host
to theatres and open-air cinemas,
food and film festivals, and writers
reading on the terrace. It is one
of the most beautiful, if remote,
bookstores ever, but with the
Aegean Sea staring out at you from
the window, who’s complaining?
Atlantisbooks.org
Atlantis Books
Oia, Santorini Island, Greece
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Stanfords’ Long Acre is a revered institution
for travellers and world explorers. Having
opened its doors in 1901, it has been the first
port of call for a wealth of famous travellers
including Captain Robert Scott, Sir Ernest
Henry Shackleton, Florence Nightingale,
Michael Palin, Bill Bryson and Ranulph
Fiennes. Since its opening, Stanfords has
supplied explorers with the maps, guides
and gadgets they need for their expeditions.
It was even referred to in the Sherlock
Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Today, it is the world’s largest map retailer
and stocks some very specialist items from
unusual and hard to find places. Maps, books,
travel accessories, globes – there is always
something inspiring to find for your next
adventure.
stanfords.co.uk
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Small and modest, this bookstore with branches
in Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Bangi has gained
a large following for various reasons. Foremost
of which is its wide collection of authentic
Islamic books from renowned publishers such as
Darussalam, IBT and Goodword. There are also
multimedia, CDs and DVDs by such acclaimed
speakers like Mufti Ismail Menk, Sheikh Hussain
Yee, Dr Bilal Philips, Dr Zakir Naik and Sheikh
Yusuf Estes, as well as children’s books and
games. In addition, Dakwah Corner often hosts
conferences and motivational talks, such as the
recent Straight Path Convention with speakers
Abdurraheem Green and Dr Muhammad
Salah, to name a few, both known for their
contemporary Islamic lectures in accordance
with the Qur’an and authentic teachings of the
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
dakwahbookstore.com.my
Dakwah Corner Bookstore
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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This legendary bookstore in Paris was
once the favourite hangout for Ernest
Hemingway, Anais Nin, Henry Miller
and James Joyce. Set in an early 17thcentury building, customers and tourists
alike come here to to be transported
in time. Weather-battered book racks,
rustic signage – it all harks back to the
Paris of yesteryear. Inside are shelves
and tables packed with books, a narrow
stairs and reading nooks all around.
Opened in 1951 where plumbing was
even questionable, the bookstore now
has touches of the 21st Century, with an
annual summer readings and a cafe. It
is indeed, a Paris literary institution. And
yes, the plumbing thankfully works now.
shakespeareandcompany.com
Shakespeare and Company
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Paris, France
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This two-storey shop occupying a
beautiful building in Cape Town’s
Eastern Precinct boasts of beautiful
biblios and interiors. Graceful
chandeliers hang above comfy
armchairs, large windows overlook
the street, and the air is relaxed with
an old world charm, thanks to the
heritage building it occupies. The
kids section hosts storytelling every
Saturday, while adults can browse
through various titles and sit at the
lounge with a menu of coffee, tea
and cupcakes. The Book Lounge also
offers other interesting programmes
periodically, such as interviews with
authors and book launches.
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booklounge.co.za
The Book Lounge
Cape Town, South Africa
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Three swanky buildings connect
together with a 55-meter long aisle
cutting through the middle at ground
level. This basically forms the foundation
for the six book emporium that
branches out by category. Cafe space
is housed within the complex to allow
for leisurely in-store browsing. There are
vintage books, back issue magazines,
art books, a specialist camera store
– even a travel desk with a concierge
to help you plan what you’re just only
browsing. A lounge and convenience
store completes the cool, campus-like
environment, and certainly it is the most
sophisticated bookstore ever built.
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Located in an industrial building in
the inner courtyard of a traditional
Milanese palazzo, 10 Corso Como
is a network of spaces all rolled into
one experience. Founded in 1990,
10 Corso Como is a multifunctional
space, a meeting place, union of
culture and commerce and marks
the beginning of total shopping. The
bookstore has an amazing selection
of publication on art, architecture,
design, graphics, fashion and
photography. It’s been described as
one of the world’s coolest bookshops.
Which isn’t surprising. After all, this
is the place the city’s fashion, art and
design illuminati hang out.
10corsocomo.com
10 Corso Como
Milan, Italy
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The Helsinki flagship store is the
largest bookshop in Scandinavia.
Within the famed architectural
design of Finnish Alvar Aalto
houses a wide-ranging selection
of titles in English, German,
Italian, and other languages
(more than 400,000 in stock).
Its minimalist marble interior is
reason enough for a visit, lit by
geometric glass skylights that
illuminate all three of its floors.
The second floor balcony Cafe
Aalto is a great place to unwind
with its own bakery.
akateeminen.com
Academic Bookstore
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In its history The Little Bookroom
has only had three sets of owners,
all of whom have been committed to
continuing its iconic legacy: dedicating
itself to the kids’ audience. Shoppers
come here to immerse themselves
in hundreds of beautifully illustrated
books that are bursting with colour.
It delights not just the kids, but
adults, too. As the first children’s
bookstore in Australia, there is little
The Little Bookroom does not do to
keep the young ones happy. Apart
from the hundreds of book titles in
contemporary children’s literature,
there are also engaging storytelling
sessions and storytime yoga that
continues to endear this shop to many.
littlebookroom.com.au
The Little Bookroom
Melbourne, Australia
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MuslimFriendly
TA PEI
Why this city should be on your
travel list.
Words ANIS RAMLI
Images TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU
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A sea of calla liies
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Neatly stacked firewood, piled high, created a stunning
partition between the entrance and the open kitchen. There
were others freshly chopped, too; the axe still lying on the
ground amid a pile of solid logs. Beyond this was a rustic but
clean dining area. Behind this on an elevated fenced yard,
black-feathered chickens roam free. The smell of woodfire
from the kiln brought our gaze back to the kitchen.
We were at the bottom of Yangmingshan National Park. The
woodfire-roasted chicken is the specialty of this non-descript
eatery, bordered by a clear bubbling river on one side and
verdant trees on the other. And it is halal.
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On our own, we would not have found this place. But
our guide, Ishag Ma, fulltime tour guide and part time
Imam at the Taipei Grand Mosque, knows just about
every other place in Taipei that is Muslim-friendly. “Eat,
eat,” he gestured to us. Not that we needed much
encouragement. The chicken was succulent and juicy,
its flavours enhanced only by salt and pepper. It was
accompanied by rice, fresh vegetables and another
chicken dish – this time fried with basil, chilli and soy
sauce. “We just slaughtered the chicken a few hours
ago – before you came,” offered the Indonesian kitchen
helper shyly. “We won’t slaughter if we’re not cooking.
They taste fresher that way.”
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It’s difficult to come to Taiwan, known as the streetfood
capital of the world, and not talk about its food.
Thankfully, the country has become increasingly easier
to navigate of late for Muslim travellers. Ma, who works
at Pro-Tour Express Inc, is an old hand at hosting Muslim
travellers to Taiwan. “(Halal) food has always been an
issue before but not anymore,” he says. With 180,000
Muslim tourists arriving Taiwan last year, there is greater
push by the Government to have more halal-certified
restaurants in major tourist attractions. In Taiwan’s
capital, these have included the National Palace Museum
and Taipei 101.
However, food is not the only thing that has made Taipei
a friendly Muslim city. The city ranked fifth in Personal
Safety in the recently published Safe Cities Index 2015.
Its streets are considered one of the world’s safest
since the first city surveillance project in Taiwan began
in 2009. Today, Taipei’s 14,000 surveillance cameras
installed at 11,500 key points throughout the city help
monitor public safety and reduce crime significantly. “It’s
true,” says Faika Ahsan, a student at Taiwan’s prestigious
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
(NTUST). “Women in hijab can feel safe on the streets.
No one would bother you.”
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The National Palace Museum
displays the world’s greatest
and rarest collection of
traditional Chinese artefacts.
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Near Jiufen is the Crown
Prince Chalet, one of the bestpreserved wood Japanesestyle houses in Taiwan.
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Some restaurants in
Taipei 101 have gained
the halal status.
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A Taiwanese fried
chicken dish at Yunus
Halal Restaurant.
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So that night, too tired to sleep, we
decided to look for Taipei’s famous aftermidnight jaunt. Not a club, but something
even better. Halal entertainment
that comes in the form of a 24-hour
bookstore. Before you scoff at the
thought of an insipid shop with uninspired
rows of book racks, know that Eslite
Bookstore Xinyi is a towering eight-storey
building with a built-up area of 8,000sqm.
Styled more like a shopping mall, it
houses shops that sell bags, jewellery,
kitchenware, writing instruments, food,
and of course, books. There is also a
children’s museum and an exhibition and
culture hall.
Even in the wee hours of the morning,
the books section was as busy as a
Middle Eastern medina. Two basketball
players (their jersey jackets were a dead
giveaway) laid stretched out on the floor.
On a raised platform, a pack of college
kids whispered surreptitiously, while at a
corner table sits a strikingly pretty female.
We think she’s a model. But they all have
one thing in common: the love of books.
And the titles here are extensive. More
than 1 million books and 300,000 titles!
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If you don’t mind
the crowds, Jiufen’s
mountainous air is
refreshing.
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Yehliu makes for
nice pictures to
send home.
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Everyone’s welcome to browse, or use the lounges
to catch their forty winks. Just be careful to keep
your coffee at arm’s length from the books to avoid
unnecessary accidents.
The next day, Ma suggested we drive to Jiufen
and Yehliu. Both are covered extensively in any
Taipei tourist literature. Jiufen, the much-publicised
inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, is a
vertical, cobblestoned city with snaking shops built
close to each other in a mountainous village once
known for its gold mines. The trouble with a tourist
spot like this is that it can feel like a tourist trap,
particularly when met with unscrupulous traders.
Overcrowded and overpriced souvenir shops looked
set to mar our visit, until we found a mom-and-pops
cafe to stop for hot chocolate. It could easily be
mistaken for someone’s home – with an antique
typewriter, mismatched chairs and Pops lounging
alongside customers watching daytime soap on his
vintage TV. The service was cheery, though we could
not understand Mandarin; the crisp mountain air a
welcome break form the stuffy lanes; and the view
through the open windows was breathtaking.
09
Don’t miss the
chance to savour
Taiwan’s seafood.
of ballet slippers. Like any other tourist attractions,
the long queue for tickets was expected as were the
dozens of tourist buses. We were more interested
with the fishing port, its locals and the many seafood
restaurants along the main road. It was unfortunate
that none of the restaurants were Muslim-friendly,
but we did get to feast our eyes on some interesting
catch form the sea, including eels and the famous
Wanli Crab (Taiwan’s best sea crab). Seeing that
Taipei is just an hour’s drive back away, it wasn’t hard
to make the decision to return to the city to have a
proper halal meal. This time it’s the Chinese Halal
Beef Noodle restaurant at Da’an. Again, we thanked
Ma for his insider knowledge.
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Forty minutes away is Yehliu Geological Park, famous
for its rock landscapes formed through centuries
of erosions. Brochures showed unique rock images
– some resembled a female’s head, another, a pair
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Go for an evening stroll at
Danshui Fisherman’s Wharf.
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The thermal valley of Beitou
is famous for its hot springs.
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Muslims are thought to first arrive in Taiwan, formerly known as
Formosa, in 1661 after the fall of the Ming Dynasty. However, the
majority of Taiwanese Muslims found today are believed to be
descendants of the Kuomintang (KMT) Chinese Nationalist Party
that settled in Taiwan after Chiang Kai-Shek’s defeat by Communist
China. In 1960, Taipei got its first mosque, the Taipei Grand Mosque,
built with local funding and aid from the Shah of Iran and the King of
Jordan. Another, the Taipei Culture Mosque, while founded in 1950,
had its humble beginnings in a Japanese-style home that was used
as a prayer hall. A new building and extensive renovations in 1982
saw the Taipei Culture Mosque built as a new 5-storey building as
it stands today. Conservative estimates put Taiwan as having about
50,000 Taiwanese Muslims and 230,000 Muslim Indonesian workers.
12 & 13
The Taipei Grand Mosque
was built with local funding
and aid from the Shah of
Iran and the King of Jordan.
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Hadziq Fabroyir, President of NTUST’s International Muslim Students
Association says, “When Taiwan’s mainstream media started
highlighting Muslims and Islamic issues, there has been greater
awareness of Muslims in this country.” Previously, all that is known of
Muslims among the locals is that “Muslims do not eat pork and men
can have many wives,” Fabroyir says laughing.
Today, in its approach to make Taiwan a Muslim-friendly country,
the government has helped provide a Muslim prayer room at Taiwan
Taoyuan International Airport (there are also rooms for other faiths)
and more recently in February 2015, the Taipei Main Station followed
suit with a Muslim prayer room on its basement floor, making it
the only transportation facility in Taiwan to offer such service. “But
alhamdulillah,” Fabroyir continued, “there is no issue for the Muslim
to pray at any public spaces in Taipei – whether at the stairwell of a
mall or a quiet corner in the subway station. Prayer facilities may be far
and wide, but there is great tolerance for people of other faiths here in
Taipei and no one will bother you if you pray openly.”
There is much to love about Taipei than it just being Muslim friendly.
Taxis are affordable and drivers generally honest, even if they have a
poor command of English. Nature is closer to Taipei than you think,
with incredible escapes that can be done in an hour or a day’s trip.
There are the calla lilies farms in Zhuzihu, hotpsrings in Beitou and
strawberry picking in the hills of Neihu. Certainly with so many things
to discover, Taipei needs a return visit to be fully appreciated.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Hong Kong daily for connection to Taipei.
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LIFESTYLE MOTORING
Bentley’s
BIG
Unveil
EXP 10 Speed 6 is a British interpretation of a high
performance two-seater sportscar. From the racing success
of the company’s early years to the international motorsport
success of today, ‘speed’ is part of Bentley’s DNA. This
inspiration is expressed throughout the EXP 10 Speed 6,
where iconic Bentley design cues are fused with progressive
craftsmanship techniques and modern technologies.
Copper elements are used as accents to both exterior
and interior features to highlight the performance hybrid
potential of the concept’s advanced new powertrain.
Performance goals including top speed are set to challenge
competitors and define a new segment benchmark.
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The exterior design of EXP 10 Speed 6
is an expression of muscular, athletic
surfaces inspired by the aerodynamic
shapes of aircraft fuselages and
wings. The ethos of the design was to
develop contemporary interpretations
of Bentley styling cues, which have
been brought together with beauty
and precision. The result is a coupe
of clean, modern surfaces whilst
remaining unmistakably Bentley.
Creating exciting contemporary
ideas from classic starting points is
evident across the car, from the new
interpretation of the iconic Bentley
matrix grille and four-round headlamps
to the paint colour – a deeper, richer
and heavily metallic version of British
Racing Green. The principles of
established Bentley luxury have been
applied in new and invigorating ways
that use the latest technologies and
techniques.
The shapes and lines of EXP 10 Speed
6 represent a dynamic sculpture,
creating harmony between sharp lines
and flowing surfaces and using twisted
surfaces to imply speed. Combined
with muscular proportions and an
athletic stance through the use of a
short front overhang, long bonnet, low
grille and wide rear shape with a long
C-post, the exterior styling hints at
high speed potential of the car.
Every exterior material and each
individual detail is designed to modern
Bentley style. Cutting-edge 3D metal
printing technology has allowed the
grille mesh, exhausts, door handles
and side vents to be delivered with
micro-scale design detail precision.
The iconic Bentley mesh grille, for
example, is no longer a flat plane
of latticework but includes varying
depth with a complex 3D geometry
only visible when viewed at an angle.
Bentley’s renowned quilted leather has
inspired three dimensional texture to
the precision glass of the headlamps.
These exterior elements come together to
present a Bentley for the next generation
– lean, toned and exquisitely precise,
designed around new evolutions of the
design elements that unite all Bentleys –
past, present and future.
The inspiration for the interior comes
from the continuous line that runs around
the cabin, driving through the console
and into two symmetrical wings before
flowing into the door and looping back
into the console armrest. Two elegant
quilted sports seats are positioned either
side of the narrow centre console which
houses exquisite driver controls and a
highly intuitive 12” touch screen. These
features combine futuristic technology
seamlessly with progressive Bentley
craftsmanship.
Bentley’s EXP 10
Speed 6 personifies
the future direction
of luxury and
performance using
the finest materials
and advanced
hybrid technology.
Each detail has taken core Bentley interior
DNA principles and moved them forwards.
For example, the classic and purposeful
Bentley knurled surface is a feature
throughout the controls of the car, but now
created using steel and copper together to
create a two-metal 3D texture. Continuing
the fusion of traditional materials and
contemporary design statements, the
doors of EXP 10 Speed 6 feature 3D
quilting, milled directly in to solid straightgrain cherry wood. Each resulting diamond
is finished with a copper centre.
The centre console integrates digital
information with tactile controls via
a curved touch screen housed in an
aluminium frame. The fascia instruments
deploy from a flat position into the
drivers view as the car is started using
the floating “B” button integrated in to a
non-symmetrical gear lever finished in
aluminium, copper and cherry wood. A
mechanical rev counter and digital display
combine to provide the perfect balance of
modern driver information and analogue
beauty. The rear interior space is divided
into two compartments designed to
house a specifically designed four-piece
luggage set. Like the rest of the interior,
the rear has been trimmed by the master
craftsmen at Bentley in the highest quality
Poltrona Frau leather.
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LIFESTYLE THE BUZZ
LEAF LIFE Give your body a modern day tea
ceremony. The Body Shop has created a reviving
detox ritual for the skin with its new Fuji Green Tea
range. Whether it’s a tea bath, a body butter or a
body sprtiz, the line is a great way to put fresh back
in your step. Discover these and other seasonal
discounts and promotions by visiting The Body
Shop branches at The Mall, Yayasan, Giant, Times
Square, Brunei International Airport, Kiulap and
Kuala Belait.
thebodyshop.co.uk
BARELY THERE In Italy, cobbling is an art form,
and no one does it better than di San Giacomo.
Handmade sandals get dressed up a notch with
intricate jewellery that you can choose for your
own, colourful leather and chains. Flat or heeled,
men’s or women’s, it’s great to know you can get
your shoes done right on the spot.
GAME ON The One watch from Komono, with
matte black metal case and stainless steel back, one
piece genuine leather wristband, and one handed
Japanese quartz movement is truly “The One”. One
size, one colour and one glance is all you need to tell
the time. This revolutionary index system truly strips
timetelling to its bare bones.
disangiacomo.com
komono.com
TIME TRAVEL Looking to streamline your holiday activities?
Make My Day by Lonely Planet helps travellers to customise
their itineraries. The spiral bound companion makes for easy mix
and match of itineraries and is great for quick city visits. Each
book includes a fold-out map, eateries, travel time suggestions
and more. Available at all good bookstores.
NATURAL LINES In the face of mass
production, Yayokie’s hip, handcrafted wooden
eyewear is a big bonus. Like this attentiongrabbing glamorous pair in beautiful peacock
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CLOSET DETOX We like Cuyana’s idea of the lean
closet movement. This sustainable online retailer
advocates shopping slow and making informed
choices, because often times, impulse buying
creates a wardrobe full of junk that we don’t wear.
Cuyana offers quality, classic and timeless styles that
go the distance. Their Classic Tote is a great example
of durability and functionality crafted to last.
cuyana.com
WHAT’S
NEW
Highlights
and trends
from around
the globe.
BORN TO RUN, MADE TO ROLL You weren’t made
to sit still. Fortunately, neither was Eastpak’s huge and
still growing range of travel gear. From well-organised,
compact carry-ons with integrated laptop sleeves to dual
compartment trolleys and roomy holdalls, our travel bags
are built tough, water repellent and lightweight and come
with an assortment of handy design features to match your
personality, your destination, and of course, your stuff.
The lockable zippers on all our models ensure your
belongings stay yours! The incredibly smooth wheeling
systems of our trolleys mean they will follow you almost
anywhere. And when you’re done travelling, our tough
fabric top shells let you store your luggage flat and
compact, or even inside each other.
WING IT Flock together in support of a worthy cause.
Birds of a Feather Pink Sorbet from Glasshouse
Fragrances supports Australia’s McGrath Foundation
for breast care nurses with this candle. It features a
Summery blend of grapefruit, lemon and watermelon,
offering a refreshing treat for anyday relaxation.
glasshousefragrances.com
As always, our travel items come in almost all our bold and
beautiful colours and seasonal prints. To help you stand
out from the crowd and your luggage, from the airport to
the conveyor belt.
eastpak.com
In Brunei, get your EASTPAK at
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Sant
orini
LIFESTYLE TAKE 5
Sublime
Experience
island life in one
of the jewels of
the Aegean Sea.
SEE Go to Fira, the stunning old port
town. You can take the cable car, ride a
mule, or if you feel like burning calories,
walk down the 580-odd steps to the
port. Then join the daily tour to Nea
Kameni, a still-active volcanic island
and Agios Nikolaos for a swim in the
famous thermal spas of Palea Kameni.
DO Rent an ATV and drive to Perissa for
the Black Beach, or up to the Red Beach
for a breathtaking view. Akrotiri is great
for history buffs as it has one of the best
preserved ancient settlements in Greece.
If you are staying in Fira, you should travel
to Oia for its unforgettable sunsets.
SHOP Forget kitschy souvenirs. Look
out for local food products instead. The
fertile volcanic soil that forms the island
make for flavourful cherry tomatoes.
Sun-dried is best. Another specialty is
Chlorotiri (sour cheese made from goat’s
milk) and white aubergines. Another of
Santorini’s most sought after souvenirs
are jewelleries. Best places for them are
Porphyra and Kostas Antoniou.
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STAY Canaves Oia provides solitude
with a view. Away from the bustling
crowd, you’ll not complain with rooms
that boast of gorgeous balconies with
caldera views. Built on the side of the
hills, the luxurious suites are built from
old cave houses indigenous to the
area. And there’s a Jacuzzi in every
room. Try to beat that!
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Singapore 2x daily for
connections to Athens.
LOOKING FOR
PRIVATE DINING
Book your next event at the Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam
Whether you are looking to host an event, our Jungle View Room located in the Business Class Lounge on
Level 6 is available for your breakfast meeting, business lunch or a group dinner.
As relaxed or formal as you like. We can customized the menu ranging from B$55net per person;
or if there is something specific you prefer, please let us know.
With a beautifully designed room seating from 2 up to 20 guests, this is the perfect setting with natural
daylight, dedicated and personalized service as well as impeccable food. 48 hours advance notice is required.
Phone : (673) 224 4272
Fax
: (673) 222 1579
Email : [email protected]
Jalan Tasek
Bandar Seri Begawan BS8211
Brunei Darussalam
LIFESTYLE TRAVEL DIARY
National Museum of Singapore
WHAT’S
ON
A world of adventure and new experiences await
you when you fly with Royal Brunei Airlines.
Make your trip even more memorable with free
flights, seat upgrades and other privileges with
Royal Skies, our frequent flyer programme.
SINGAPORE
21-29
Aug
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL
Art and culture spill onto the streets around Bras Basah/
Bugis area when dusk falls at the Singapore Night Festival.
Aerial performances, art installations, hawker food stalls
– even the museums open at night for special events.
Experience the island’s arts and culture like never before.
Information Department Brunei
www.brasbasahbugis.sg/SNFPortal
17-19
Jul
HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI
With the end of Ramadhan, friends and family gather
to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. To further liven up
this festive occasion, the Brunei Royal Family opens
the doors of Istana Nurul Iman and welcomes
everyone to partake in this joyous celebration.
Istana Nurul Iman Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House welcomes visitors over
a period of three days commencing from the second day of Hari Raya on
*17 to 19 July, 2015.
(*Subject to the sighting of the moon).
www.bruneitourism.travel
AUSTRALIA
14-19
Jul
THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD
Based on an award-winning picture book
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the
Gruffalo returns to Melbourne’s National
Theatre with his child in this charming
sequel – The Gruffalo’s Child. A wondrous
combination of theatre, music and
puppetry, this magical musical will capture
the hearts of children and adults alike.
www.ticketmaster.com.au
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16-19
Jul
THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME
WRITING FESTIVAL
As the biggest crime writing festival in Europe,
reading aficionados have much to look forward
to. Bringing together the best in crime fiction in
a series of events, the festival that will be held in
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, will engage attendees
through provoking panel sessions, dedicated
writing workshops, and a special exclusive event
on the ‘new’ Stieg Larsson book.
harrogateinternationalfestivals.com
UNITED KINGDOM
2425
The moving bamboo grove by Koon Wai-bong
HONG KONG
MALAYSIA
Jul
This year’s festival at Sutera
Habour will be graced by Motown
Legend Bobby Taylor who will be
flying into Kota Kinabalu with Royal
Brunei Airlines. His unique rendition
of Motown favourites rearranged
into a jazz setting will sure to
delight crowds. Other performers
include Gugun Blues (Hard Rock
Cafe Battle 2011 winner), Shun Ng
(Boston Music 2014 International
Artist of the Year winner), Liyana
Fizi (YES artist of the month), and
many more.
kkjazzfest.com
THE PAST IS CONTINUING
The past paves the road of our future. This contemporary
art exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will
take visitors through the past 100 years of changes that
took place in Hong Kong. Transport yourself through
time with works from 18 featured artists.
Now til
hk.heritage.museum
28
Sep
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
9-29
Jul
Aug
MODHESH WORLD
Dubai World Trade Centre’s Modhesh World
is the ultimate destination for kids. Spanning
eight halls, each with its own unique identity
and adventures, Modhesh World is not only
a place for children to have fun, but inspire
and encourage their curious young minds.
There’s the first-of-its-kind indoor GoKarting
track, a mirror maze, a shooting gallery, as
well as exciting rides.
www.modheshworld.com
www.modheshworld.com
KOTA KINABALU
JAZZ FESTIVAL
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WELCOME ONBOARD
SELAMAT DATANG
Selamat Datang means
‘Welcome’ in Malay, and your
seamless journey begins here.
Business Class
The Royal Brunei Airlines 787 Dreamliner
Business Class cabin features “Contour” seats
that reclines to a 180 degree flat bed, along
with a plush duvet and larger pillow, offer a
peaceful rest. Each seat is equiped with a 15.4
touchscreen LCD Monitor with Panasonic
eX2 in-flight entertainment system; as well as
in seat power connecter. The Business Class
cabin lavatories are also equipped with bidets
for passengers convenience.
Economy Class Comfort
Royal Brunei Airlines 787 Dreamliner Economy
cabin offers comfortable seats with semiarticulating recline and adjustable headrest,
and with very spacious leg-rooms for
passengers comfort. Each seat is intergrated
with the Eco 9-Inch personal touch screen
monitors filled with great entertainment
content. Each seat also comes with a USB
port as well as shared power supply.
Royal Brunei’s SkyShow Entertainment
system gives passengers a number of
entertainment options throughout their flight.
A library of hit movies, classic Hollywood
films and TV and audio programmes for
all ages are available onboard. Refer to
the Impian entertainment guide located
in the seat pocket in front of you for the
list of movies, TV and audio programmes.
For Business Class seats; the sockets for
earphones and channel/volume remote
control are located in your seat armrest.
Seatback-mounted personal screens are
only available on our Boeing 787s. Elsewhere,
passengers can avail our service, sit back
As Brunei Darussalam’s national carrier, Royal
Brunei Airlines serves not only as the coming
of age of this tiny Sultanate, but today cements
itself as a serious competitor in the region.
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Everything we serve has been carefully
SkyShow Inflight Entertainment
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and relax with our overhead movie screens.
For more information, please contact your
nearest Royal Brunei Airlines office.
chosen for freshness and flavour. In fact,
there’s nothing you can’t enjoy even when
dining at 35,000 feet. Our award winning
menu has been meticulously created by our
Royal Brunei Catering chefs, combining both
Western and Oriental flavours using the best
seasonal and fresh produce available.
For our Business Class passengers on
long-haul flights, you can now select your
desired meal times. Our ‘Dine upon Request’
service is available throughout the flight up
until 90 minutes before landing. Passengers
on all classes also enjoy our ‘Food Fit to Fly
by’ service menu that features healthier and
lighter meal options, complemented by our
award-winning cabin service from our crew.
1970s
1980s
> The maiden Royal Brunei Airlines
flight to Singapore left Bandar Seri
Begawan on a Boeing 737-200 on
14 May, 1975.
> RB added a Boeing 737, the quick
change convertible aircraft, to its fleet.
This aircraft allowed for either an allpassenger or an all-cargo configuration,
or a combination of both.
> Two Boeing 737 aircraft were put
into service flying five times a week to
Singapore, two times to Hong Kong,
and seven times to Kota Kinabalu.
> Services to Bangkok and Manila
were added.
> RB accepted the delivery of its Boeing
757 aircraft that featured a redesigned
livery combining Brunei’s traditional
royal colours on 16 May, 1986.
Special Meals
Royal Brunei offers a variety of tasty culinary
solutions to suit our passengers’ special
dietary requirements. Special meals can be
ordered when you make your reservation;
please confirm your request at least 24
hours before boarding your flight.
Alcohol-free Environment Policy
Royal Brunei Airlines operates alcohol-free
flights to all destinations.
Hand Luggage
For your safety and comfort, you may store
your hand luggage in the overhead lockers
or under the seat in front of you. Please do
not hesitate to ask our cabin crew for help in
stowing your luggage properly. Be careful when
opening the overhead luggage compartments,
as items dislodged by aircraft movement may
fall on you or fellow passengers.
Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAG)
Various countries have implemented
restrictions on the carriage of liquids,
aerosols and gels in compliance with new
guidelines set by the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO). Passengers
transiting through airports and carrying any
liquids, pastes and gels in containers over
100ml may be asked to dispose of the items
at security checkpoints.
These restrictions may affect your ability to
carry duty-free purchases onboard the aircraft.
Customers are advised to check with duty free
personnel before making their purchases. All
liquids, aerosols and gels must be carried in
containers of no greater than 100ml/3.3oz
capacity (approximately 100gm in weight)
and placed in a transparent, resealable plastic
bag. The plastic bag must be removed from
carry on baggage and presented to security
personnel at the checkpoint for inspection
and separate x-ray screening.
Exceptions to the new regulations are
medicines and dietary supplements needed
during a flight, including baby food. Proof of
need may be required.
Use of Electronic Equipment
Mobile phones cannot be used at any time
during the flight. They should be switched
off as soon as the cabin crew makes the
announcement. Other electronic devices
included in this list are: Citizen’s band (CB)
radio, remote-controlled devices (such as
1990s
2000s
2010s
> RB took delivery of the first of three leased Boeing 767200ER aircraft in June 1990 and set a long distance world
record for twin-engine commercial airlines.
> RB took delivery of two new Airbus A319 aircraft in August
and September 2003.
> In October 2012, RB launched a rebranding
journey with a new logo and livery.
> Two more Airbus A320s were delivered in December 2003
and January 2004.
> RB launched “A betterfly”, the Boeing 787
Dreamliner and commenced its first commercial
flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Singapore
on 18 October, 2013, followed by flights to
Dubai and London on 1 December, 2013 and to
Melbourne on 2 April, 2014.
> The delivery of Boeing 767-200ER aircraft enabled RB’s
route to extend to London Gatwick in November 1990.
> Twice-weekly flights to London Heathrow began
in May 1991. The route became a daily service on
1 December, 1996.
> RB employed the use of a Fokker 50 aircraft to service
Miri and Labuan in Malaysia, two destinations that were
significant to the growth of Brunei’s oil and gas industry.
> The opportunity to expand regional connections saw
RB establishing a service to Surabaya in 1997.
> In January 2010, RB introduced Royal Brunei Holidays,
a revamp of its Golden Touch Holidays, which offers
passengers value-for-money holiday packages available
locally and abroad.
> Direct services to Shanghai were re-launched in March 2010.
> RB’s newly-leased Boeing 777-200ER aircraft took off
on its first commercial flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to
London via Dubai in June 2010.
> RB unveiled its new heritage-inspired uniforms
on 21 February, 2014.
> RB commenced four-times weekly flights to Melbourne
in March 2011.
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radio-controlled toys), and transmitting devices
that emit radio frequencies. These devices
may interfere with the aircraft’s electronic
equipment, compromising aircraft safety and
endangering the lives of passengers and crew.
The following devices may be used on
board, except during take-off, initial climb,
approach and landing: Personal computers,
FM receivers, calculators, electronic shavers,
audio and video recorders, hand-held
computer games, and playback devices.
of spares are recommended as carry on
baggage. All spare units must be in the
original packaging or packed to insulate
the terminals. Medium and large nonrechargeable must be carried as cargo/
freight in accordance with current Dangerous
Goods Regulations. High-Powered batteries
are not permitted onboard passenger aircraft.
Information of safe carriage of lithium
batteries on-board RB flights are also available
at the RB websites www.bruneiair.com.
Lithium Batteries
Non-smoking Policy
The abundant stored energy that makes
lithium batteries practical also makes them
dangerous when they are not packed and
carried properly. Royal Brunei takes the
initiatives to increase the safety onboard
with the carriage limitations (from industry
initiatives, ICAO and IATA Dangerous Goods
Regulations guidance) to mitigate against
the risks of the hazards.
Royal Brunei Airlines operates non-smoking
flights to all destinations.
Low and medium powered rechargeable
batteries in equipment and limited quantity
Reconfirmation
Reconfirmation is not required except for
passengers travelling to and from the Middle
East. Please reconfirm your departure flight
at least 72 hours in advance with the local
Royal Brunei Airlines office or your travel
agent. Failure to do so could result in the
cancellation of your reservations.
Online Booking
Fly through the airport. You can now book
online at www.flyroyalbrunei.com, check in
online and print your own electronic ticket
(e-ticket). Online check in is available
24 hours before flight departure and closes
60 minutes before departure time.
Check In
Check in counters at the Brunei International
Airport are open three hours before flight
departure. Passengers are advised to check
in at least two hours before departure to
allow for security and baggage checks.
Check in counters will be closed 45 minutes
before departure, after which no boarding
passes will be issued. Royal Brunei Airlines
also advises its passengers to reach the
boarding gate 20 minutes before the flight
departs to avoid missing their flights.
Passenger Comments
Your comments and suggestions will help us
enhance our services. Please e-mail us at:
[email protected]
BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Brunei International Airport’s computerised
passenger and cargo handling facilities
can handle 1.5 million passengers and
50,000 tonnes of cargo a year. Among the
facilities offered at the airport are a prayer
room, telephones and internet services,
restaurants, a viewing gallery and day rooms
for transit passengers who want to rest or
freshen up before their flight.
For customers’ comfort and convenience,
Royal Brunei Airlines’ Service Centre and
SkyLounge are both located on the departure
level. The former is a one-stop centre providing
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services such as reservations, ticketing
and booking of tour packages. Customers
who book online can get their tickets at the
SkyLounge before departure. Royal Skies
members may also redeem their miles here.
For Royal Brunei’s Business Class passengers
and Royal Skies’ Gold and Silver members,
the SkyLounge boasts plush seating for
120 people. Complimentary massage chairs,
shower rooms, ablution areas, and widescreen
plasma televisions are also available.
Duty-free shops offer consumer goods at
competitive prices. There are several outlets,
including a money changer located at the
main departure/transit hall. On sale are
portable electrical goods with international
warranties, designer goods, perfumes and
confectionery. Brunei International Airport
is a smoke-free airport.
Brunei International Airport is also currently
undergoing a modernisation programme to
upgrade its facilities and allow for a smoother
journey for passengers along with expansion
for traffic growth. Airport renovations are
expected to be completed by November 2014.
STAYING FIT
At Royal Brunei Airlines, your health, safety and comfort is of prime importance to us. For your
general well-being onboard our flights, we would recommend the basic inflight exercises.
Ankle circles
While seated, raise one foot
and draw a circle with your
toes. Rotate clockwise for 15
seconds and repeat the same
counterclockwise. Repeat
with the other foot. You can
do one foot at a time or both
simultaneously.
Knee lifts
Lift and hug your knee
to your chest as close
as you can. Hold for
15 seconds. Alternate
knee. Repeat 10-15
times for each knee.
Shoulder roll
Relax shoulders then
hunch them forward.
Rotate gently 10-15 times.
Neck roll
With shoulders relaxed,
drop ear to shoulder and
gently roll neck forward
and back, holding each
position about five
seconds. Repeat five times.
Upper back flex
Stretch hands forward,
then pull back slowly as
far as possible. Repeat
10-15 times.
Trunk flex
With both feet on the
floor and stomach held in,
slowly bend forward and
walk your hands down the
front of your legs toward
your ankles. Hold stretch
for 15 seconds and slowly
sit back up.
TRAVELLER’S GUIDE Brunei Visitor Information
Visas* Austrian, German, Malaysian,
Singaporean, British nationals with the
right of abode in the United Kingdom, The
Netherlands and New Zealand nationals
are exempted from the requirement to
obtain a visa for visits not exceeding
30 days. American passport holders
can enter Brunei Darussalam for three
months without visas. For nationals
of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France,
Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg,
Republic of Maldives, Norway, Oman, The
Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Thailand and The Principality
of Liechtenstein — visas are waived for 14day visits. Nationals of Australia are issued
visas on arrival at the Brunei International
Airport for visits not exceeding 30 days.
All other visitors entering Brunei
Darussalam must have visas obtainable
from any Brunei Darussalam diplomatic
mission abroad. These visas are normally
issued for a two-week stay but can be
renewed in Brunei. Visitors must hold
onward tickets and sufficient funds to
support themselves while in the country.
N.B. For more details, please contact your
nearest Brunei Embassy or diplomatic
representative.
Currency Bearer Negotiation
Instrument Declaration Passengers
entering or leaving Brunei who carry
physical currency or bearer negotiable
instruments valued at BND15,000 or more
are required to complete a declaration
form and submit it to a customs officer
(if arriving in Brunei) or an immigration
officer (if departing Brunei).
Duty-free Allowance* The import of
the following products is subject to
restrictions imposed by Brunei’s Customs
and Excise Department.
Cigarettes: Passengers will be charged duty
on cigarettes of $0.25 tax per stick, equal
to $5 per pack of 20 sticks of cigarette,
and $50 for one carton of 10 packs.
Other tobacco products - Import duty on
other tobacco products has increased
significantly. Passengers will be charged
duty for the import of tobacco products.
Alcohol: Non-Muslim passengers may
bring in two bottles of liquor plus 12 cans
of beer for personal consumption only;
and a reasonable quantity of perfumes.
Transportation The airport is about 11km
from the capital. Taxis, car rentals and
buses are available.
Currency The Brunei dollar is on a
par with the Singapore dollar, which is
also accepted in Brunei. Banks, hotels
and many department stores will cash
traveller’s cheques.
Language Malay is the official language
but English is widely used. Other languages
include Chinese and its dialect variants and
other indigenous dialects. Although the
official religion is Islam, other faiths including
Christianity and Buddhism are practised.
Clothing Light clothing is advisable as
the climate is generally warm and humid.
Women are requested to dress modestly
in keeping with local customs.
* The visa and duty-free allowances are provided as a guideline and may change without notice.
Health Doctors provide private medical
services for a nominal charge. There are a
number of state health clinics and hospitals.
Credit Cards Hotels, department stores and
other major establishments generally accept
all internationally known credit cards.
Tipping Optional. Some hotels add a 10
per cent service charge to their room rates.
Telephones Overseas calls can be made
from hotel rooms through the operator,
or via international direct dialling (IDD).
There are also coin and phonecard
operated public telephones.
Utilities Power supply is 220 - 240v,
50 cycles. The PAL and NTSC systems
are used by local television. Tap water
is generally safe to drink although some
take the precaution of boiling it.
Media Radio Television Brunei has nightly
news bulletins and a range of popular
entertainment in both English and Malay.
Cable network and Malaysian television
programmes can also be received. There
are three local daily newspapers namely:
Borneo Bulletin (English), The Brunei
Times (English) and Media Permata
(Malay). Other regional and international
publications are also available at newstands.
Food For the adventurous, the food
stalls offer Malay favourites, such as
satay (barbecued meat on a skewer)
and local dishes prepared with curry or
coconut milk. Chinese, European and
Indian cuisines are also available. All F&B
businesses, including hotel restaurants,
close for Friday prayer 12pm to 2pm.
For hotel guests, room service dining
operates as usual.
Hotels Accommodation in the capital
ranges from international standard to
middle range hotels. Service apartments
are also available at reasonable rates.
Shopping Department stores and shops
offer goods ranging from cosmetics and
stereos to local handicrafts such as the
keris (an ornamental dagger), miniature
brass cannons, and kain tenunan, a cloth
woven with gold or silver threads.
Festivals and Celebrations National Day,
23 February, Hari Raya, the end of the
Muslim fasting month, and His Majesty
The Sultan’s birthday, 15 July. Other public
holidays include Chinese Lunar New Year
and Christmas.
Customs and Courtesy
• In mosques, visitors should remove their
shoes and should not pass in front of
people at prayer. A woman should ensure
that her head, knees and arms are covered
before entering mosques. Robes are
provided at the entrance to the mosque.
• A Bruneian shakes hands lightly and
brings his hands to his chest. Members
of the opposite sex do not shake hands.
• It is impolite to point with the index
finger (use the right thumb instead) or
to beckon someone with fingers and
palm facing upwards. Instead the whole
hand should be waved with palm facing
downwards. The right fist should never
be smacked into the left palm.
• Gifts, particularly food, are passed with
the right hand.
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ROUTE MAP & DESTINATIONS
London
Jeddah
Dubai
Shanghai
Hong Kong
Bangkok
Ho Chi Minh City
Manila
Kota Kinabalu
Kuala Lumpur
Bandar Seri Begawan
Singapore
Jakarta
Surabaya
Bali
CODESHARE AIRLINES
Melbourne
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MUHIBAH
AUSTRALIA
MELBOURNE (MEL)
TULLAMARINE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 22 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus AUD16 • Taxi AUD85
Airport Tax AUD38
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language English
GMT +10
RB OFFICE
Level 10, 45 William Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
T: (61) 3 8651 1000
T: Toll Free Aust wide
1300 721271
E: [email protected]
MCH AVIATION HOLDING
AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
Suite 6, 7-9 Mallet Road,
Tullamarine Vic 3043
T: (61) 3 8318 5100 / 5109
M: (61) 4 3046 3324
BRUNEI
DARUSSALAM
BANDAR SERI
BEGAWAN (BWN)
BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 8 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus BND1 • Taxi BND25
Airport Tax BND12, BKI: BND5
Currency Brunei Dollar (BND)
Language Malay, Mandarin,
Hokkien, English
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
RBA Plaza, Jalan Sultan,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BS 8811
T: (673) 2 212 222 /
2 240 500
F: (673) 2 244 737
AIR LOGISTICS SDN BHD
Unit 6, Ground Floor,
Madang Complex, Berakas
BC3715, Negara Brunei
Darussalam
T: (673) 865 7913
CHINA
HONG KONG (HKG)
CHEK LAP KOK AIRPORT
Airport-City 32 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Taxi Kowloon HKD300,
Hong Kong HKD400
Airport Tax HKD120
Currency Hong Kong Dollar
(HKD)
Language Cantonese,
Mandarin, English
GMT +8
GENERAL SALES AGENT
DEKS AIR (HONG KONG) LTD
Room 1804-5, Jubilee Centre,
18 Fenwick Street, Wanchai
T: (852) 2529 3883
F: (852) 2527 7300
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS LIMITED
1205A, 12th Floor, Tower II,
Cheung Sha Wan Plaza ,
833 Cheung Sha Wan Road,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
T: (852) 2328 0278
F: (852) 2328 0221
M: (852) 9161 1747 / 9181 9146
SHANGHAI (PVG)
SURABAYA (SUB)
PUDONG INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 35 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to City
• Bus CNY50 • Taxi CNY160
Airport Tax CNY90
Currency Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Language Chinese
(dialects include Mandarin,
Shanghainese)
GMT +8
PASSENGER SALES AGENT
BEIJING LONGWAY
INTERNATIONAL
Room 0, 22nd Floor,
Zhiyuan Building, No.768
Xietu Road, Luwan District,
Shanghai, China
Post code: 200023
T: (86) 21 5302 7288
F: (86) 21 6304 7686
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Room 1631, No. 333, North
Chengdu Road, Jing’an District,
Shanghai, China 200040
T: (86) 21 2215 7645
M: (852) 9161 1747
JUANDA INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 17 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi IDR29,500
Airport Tax IDR150,000
Currency Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR)
Language Bahasa Indonesia,
English, Madurese
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
PT DEKS AVIATION
INTERNUSA
Wisma BII, 6th Floor #606,
Jalan Pemuda No: 60-70,
Surabaya 60271, Indonesia
T: (62) 31 535 6377
F: (62) 31 535 6166
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Suite 3K, 3rd Floor Wisma
Soewarna, Soewarna
Business Park, Block E,
Lot 1 & 2, Soekarno Hata
International Airport, Jakarta
19110, Indonesia
T: (62) 21 5591 2839
F: (62) 21 5591 1662
M: (62) 81 653 6501
INDONESIA
BALI (DPS)
NGURAH RAI
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City approximately
16 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus IDR25,000
• Taxi IDR70,000 - 90,000
Airport Tax IDR150,000
Currency Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR)
Language Bahasa
Indonesia, English
GMT +8
GENERAL SALES AGENT
PT DEKS AVIATION
INTERNUSA
Suite #3, Lobby Level, Kuta
Paradiso Hotel, Jl Kartika
Plaza, Kuta, Tuban Bali (ID)
T: (62) 361 757355
F: (62) 361 757785
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Wisthi Sabha Builing, 2nd FI,
Room 19, Ngurah Rai
International Airport, Tuban
80361, Bali, Indonesia
T: (62) 361 936 3345
F: (62) 361 936 0284
JAKARTA (JKT)
SOEKARNO-HATTA
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 50 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus IDR7,000
• Taxi IDR150,000
Airport Tax IDR150,000
Currency Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR)
Language Bahasa
Indonesia, English
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
PT DEKS AVIATION
INTERNUSA
Wisma Tamara, 6th Floor #668,
Jalan Jend Sudirman Kav 24,
Jakarta 1290, Indonesia
T: (62) 21 520 6338
F: (62) 21 527 9990
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Suite 3K, 3rd Floor, Wisma
Soewarna, Soewarna
Business Park, Block E,
Lot 1 & 2, Soekarno Hata
International Airport, Jakarta
19110, Indonesia
T: (62) 21 5591 1311
F: (62) 21 5591 1662
M: (62) 81 2165 799 22
MALAYSIA
KUALA LUMPUR
(KUL)
KUALA LUMPUR
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 80 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus Luxury RM25
• Taxi Budget MYR70-80,
Limo MYR100-120
Airport Tax MYR51
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
(MYR)
Language Malay, English,
Cantonese, Tamil, Mandarin
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
Lot 25, 1st Floor, UBN Tower
(Shangri-la Shopping Arcade),
P.O. Box 99, Jln P. Ramlee,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
T: (60) 3 2070 7166 /
2070 6628
F: (60) 3 2070 6899
E: [email protected]
APPLE AVIATION SDN BHD
No 57-59 (3FL), Jalan Bukit
Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
T: (60) 3 2145 2029 /
2143 8877
F: (60) 3 2143 8876
M: (60) 12 388 5319
KOTA KINABALU (BKI)
KOTA KINABALU
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 8.5 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi MYR13.50
Airport Tax MYR26 To/
Transit via Brunei: MYR20
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
(MYR)
Language Malay, Mandarin,
English
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
Lot BG - 3B Ground Floor,
Block B, Komplex KWSP,
Jalan Karamunsing,
8000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
T: (60) 88 242 193 / 6
E: sskkoff@rba.com.bn
APPLE AVIATION SDN BHD
No 57-59 (3FL), Jalan Bukit
Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
T: (60) 3 2145 2029 /
2143 8877
F: (60) 3 2143 8876
M: (60) 12 388 5319
PHILIPPINES
THAILAND
MANILA (MNL)
BANGKOK (BKK)
NINOY AQUINO
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 9 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus PhP13 • Taxi PhP120
Airport Tax PhP750
Currency Philippine Peso (PhP)
Language Tagalog, English
GMT +8
GENERAL SALES AGENT
GLOBAL AIR SERVICES
CORPORATION
G/F SGV II Bldg, 6758
Ayala Ave, Makati City,
The Philippines 1200
T: (63) 2 864 0801 to 05
F: (63) 2 891 0435
E: [email protected]
AIR CARGO PARTNERS
CORPORATION
True North GSA Inc., Unit 26
Cargo Village Complex, Ninoy
Aquino Avenue, Paranaque City
Metro Manila, Philippines 1700
T: (63) 2 500 9114
F: (63) 2 854 0244
SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT
Airport-City 25 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus BHT150
• Taxi BHT200-250
Airport Tax BHT700
Currency Baht (BHT)
Language Thai, English
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
DEKS AIR THAILAND
4th Floor, C.P. Tower,
313 Silom Road,
Bangrak 10500, Thailand
T: (66) 02 638 3050
F: (66) 02 638 2969
ABDA CARGO INTERNATIONAL
999 Moo 7, B-FZ Cargo
Terminal, Room 302, 3rd
Fl, Suvarnabhumi Airport,
Bangphli. Samutprakarn
10540 Bangkok, Thailand
T: (66) 2134 2305 / 6
F: (66) 2134 2307
M: (66) 86 392 1132
SAUDI ARABIA
JEDDAH (JED)
KING ABDUL AZIZ
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 25 kms (from
North Terminal); 15 kms
(from South Terminal)
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi SAR50
Airport Tax SAR50 except Haj
& Umrah pax, diplomats and
escorts for human remains
Currency Saudi Arabian
Riyal (SAR)
Language Arabic, English,
French
GMT +3
GENERAL SALES AGENT
ELAF AVIATION
Al Nakheel Centre, Madina
Road Jeddah 21414,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
T: (9662) 665 7143 /
661 2679 / 665 7908
E: [email protected]
LEISURE CARGO FZCO
Saudi Airline Cargo Terminal
Building, Jeddah, K.S.A
(SITA DXBFBAB)
T: (966) 56 512 5101
M: (966) 56 512 5101
SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE (SIN)
CHANGI INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 20 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus SGD1.40 • Taxi SGD18
Airport Tax SGD21
Currency Singapore Dollar
(SGD)
Language Malay, English,
Mandarin, Tamil
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
81 Clemenceau Avenue,
#03-13, UE Square Shopping
Mall, Singapore 239917
T: (65) 6235 4672
E: [email protected]
AIR-ABDA (S) PTE LTD
Room 234-236,
SATS Airfreight Terminal 3,
105 Airport Cargo Road,
Singapore 819462
Airmail Transit Centre, P.O.Box
0846, Singapore 918154
T: (65) 6543 2290 / 2260
F: (65) 6543 2296
M: (65) 9679 2259 / 9641
0393 / 9651 3944
UNITED
ARAB EMIRATES
DUBAI (DXB)
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 4 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi AED20 + 50
fils for every 500m
Airport Tax AED30
Currency Dirham (AED)
Language Arabic, English
GMT +4
RB OFFICE
Centurian Star, Shop
Number 3, (new RB office),
Opp. Deira City Centre,
Deira, Dubai, UAE
T: (971) 4334 4884
(Reservation) / 4686 (Sales)
F: (971) 4334 4585
E: [email protected],
[email protected]
Tower 400 (UNB Building),
Shop 7-10, Al Soor Area,
Sharjah, UAE (SHJBI0301)
T: (971) 6005 24444 /
6575 8575
Oman Road, Nakheel, Shaikh
Saqr Bin Mohammad Al
Qasmi Street, Ras Al Khaimah,
UAE (RAKBI0301)
T: (971) 7227 2847 / 7228 9987
Al-Ain Tower, East 4th Road,
Almouror, Electra Street, Al
Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, UAE
(AUHBI0301)
T: (971) 2815 3444 / 2815 3450
M-201, Paris Gift Palace
Building, Zayed Bin
Sulthan Street, Al-Ain, UAE
(AUHBI0301)
T: (971) 3764 1410 / 1990
LEISURE CARGO
Office No 3069, Air Cargo
Terminal Building, Dubai
Cargo Village, P.O. Box
293051 Dubai, United Arab
Emirates (SITA DXBFBLT)
T: (971) 4 286 9666
F: (971) 4 286 9995
M: (971) 55 954 6066
Office No. M25 Freight
Gate-4, Dubai Airport Free
Zone, P.O. Box 54385, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
(SITA DXBFBLT)
T: (971) 4 299 7924
F: (971) 4 299 7989
M: (971) 55 221 6289
UNITED
KINGDOM
LONDON (LHR)
HEATHROW AIRPORT
Airport-City 35 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus GBP7 • Taxi GBP40
Airport Tax F & J Class Pax:
GBP80; Y Class Pax: GBP40;
PSC: GBP9
Currency Pound Sterling (GBP)
Language English
GMT +0
RB OFFICE
49 Cromwell Road, London SW7
2ED, England, United Kingdom
T: (44) 207 584 6660
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS LIMITED
Cargo Terminal 4, East
Midlands Airport, Castle
Donington, Derby, DE74 2SA
(SITA LONALXH)
T: (44) 0 1332 850021 /
7885 875184
F: (44) 0 1332 811961
E: [email protected]
co.uk / [email protected]
airlogistics.co.uk /
[email protected]
2nd Floor, Building 558,
Shoreham Road West,
Heathrow Airport Hounslow,
Middlesex TW6 3RN
T: (44) 0 208 759 8686
F: (44) 0 208 990 9005
M: (44) 7713 506614
E: [email protected]
VIETNAM
HO CHI MINH CITY
(SGN)
TAN SON NHAT AIRPORT
Airport-City 7 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus VND8,000
• Taxi VND160,000
Airport Tax USD20
Currency Vietnam Dong (VND)
Language Vietnamese,
Mandarin, English, French
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
DEKS AIR VIETNAM SERVICE
Ground Floor, Citilight Tower,
45 Vo Thi Sau St., Dakao Ward,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: (84) 8 3820 7327
F: (84) 8 3820 7329
E: [email protected]
7th Floor, 163 Ba Trieu St.
Ba Trieu St., Le Dai Hanh Ward,
Hai Ba Trung Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
T: (84) 4 3820 2828
F: (84) 4 3974 3595
AIR CARGO LOGISTICS
VIETNAM CO. LTD
Air Logistics Limited, Room 06,
2nd Floor, New TCS Building,
46-48 Hau Giang Str., Ward 4,
Ho Chi Minh City
T: (84) 8 3848 8567
M: (84) 9 0380 7939
Air Cargo Logistics Vietnam - HCM
City, Unit 206 - New TCS Building,
46 Hau Giang Street, Tan Binh
District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: (84) 8 7305 0988 Ext 8400
F: (84) 8 3547 0004
Room 1308A, 13rd Floor, Dao Duy
Anh Tower, No. 9 Dao Duy Anh
Street, Phuong Mai Ward Dong
Da District, Hanoi City
T: (84) 4 3577 2454 / 3577 0942
F: (84) 4 3577 2146
M: (852) 6892 4588 /
(84) 9 0380 7939
E: [email protected]
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CAPITAL ATTRACTIONS
ABODE OF PEACE
Small in size but big in attractions,
Brunei’s capital has lots to offer.
Brunei Darussalam is a country rich in culture and heritage.
It is a small, peaceful, prosperous kingdom on the northern
shore of the ecologically-rich island of Borneo. Come and
discover Brunei, a Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures.
Brunei is arguably best known today as an oil
producing country. The nation became independent
in 1984 and, thanks to its large reserves of oil and gas,
now has one of the highest standards of living in the
world. Its population of just over 408,000 is made
up of two-thirds ethnic Malay, with the remainder
being Chinese, Indian and other indigenous groups.
The Sultanate has four districts: Brunei-Muara
(which includes the capital Bandar Seri Begawan),
Temburong, Tutong and Belait. ‘Darussalam’, the
Arabic word for ‘Abode of Peace’ describes Brunei’s
Islamic history that dates back some 1,500 years.
Today, Brunei remains the world’s only Malay Islamic
Monarchy with an unbroken royal lineage that has
ruled the nation for the past 600 years.
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THE OMAR ‘ALI SAIFUDDIEN
MOSQUE
Brunei Darussalam’s iconic landmark, the
mosque was completed in 1958 and is
named after the 28th Sultan, the late Sultan
Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, who is referred to as
the Architect of Modern Brunei.
ISTANA NURUL IMAN
The official residence of His Majesty
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin
Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam. Although not open to
public, except during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri,
its golden domes and vaulted roof can be
viewed from Kampong Ayer.
LAPAU AND DEWAN MAJLIS
The Royal Ceremonial Hall features an
exquisite golden dome and hosts all of the
Sultanate’s traditional royal ceremonies.
MUSLIM PRAYER TIMES in Brunei Darussalam
July 2015
Ramadhan 1436 / Syawal 1436
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Imsak
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Subuh
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Syuruk
6.11
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Doha
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Hijriah
Zohor
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4.41
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Maghrib 6.36
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Isyak
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MUHIBAH
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THE ROYAL REGALIA
BUILDING
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BRUNEI MUSEUM
The museum is home to a
collection of royal regalia, including
the royal chariot, gold and silver
ceremonial armoury, the jewel
encrusted crowns used during the
coronation and a replica of the
throne, which is used by the Sultan
on state occasions.
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ISTANA DARUSSALAM
Located on Jalan Sumbiling,
this wooden palace captures the
architectural heritage of old
Malay palaces. Visitors may
view only from outside.
THE SULTAN HAJI
HASSANAL BOLKIAH
FOUNDATION COMPLEX
The capital’s most popular
shopping venues, it combines
both traditional Malay and
modern architecture.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Brunei’s national museum spotlights
Brunei’s role in Southeast Asia’s
history. The Islamic Art Gallery has
historical pieces of Islamic art and a
commendable Quran collection.
Temburong
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ULU TEMBURONG
NATIONAL PARK
Explore Brunei’s lush virgin forest
through lofty canopy walkways, scenic
hiking trails and a thrilling river ride to
the park on the Temburong River.
BRUNEI ARTS AND
HANDICRAFTS CENTRE
Brunei’s ancient and traditional arts
and crafts – kain tenunan, silver &
brass ware, wood carving and basketry
– are showcased in this centre, aimed
to preserve its rich legacy.
Tutong
TASEK MERIMBUN
Brunei’s largest lake that curves in an ‘S’
has an island in the centre accessible
via a wooden walkway and various
facilities for picnics and recreation.
TAMU KIANGGEH
The Tamu, or open air market, on
the banks of the Kianggeh River is a
popular local market for traditional
dishes, fruits, vegetables, flowers
and handicrafts.
Belait
OIL & GAS DISCOVERY CENTRE
An ‘edutainment’ facility, this interactive
science centre aims to make science
exciting and accessible to all with more
than 100 hands-on exhibits in themed
areas to explore.
KAMPONG AYER
The world’s largest water village that
is home to more than 30,000 people
living on unique wooden houses on
stilts over the Brunei River.
August 2015
Syawal 1436 / Zulqaedah 1436
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Hijriah
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Subuh
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Syuruk
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Doha
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Maghrib 6.37
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Isyak
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7.50
7.49
7.48
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JULY | AUGUST 2015
3.31 3.30
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