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BY ROYA L B R U N E I A I R L I N E S | July - August 2016

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08 COVER Celebrating His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 70th Birthday. Image: Ahim Rani

AWARD FOR BEST MAGAZINE Indian International Journalism Festival 2011

Editorial Board Advisor Royal Brunei Airlines Head, Corporate Communications Azhani Abu Daniel Editorial Hj Omar Hj Jaafar, Muaz Roslan, Mahyuddin Zulkipli

Print Production Brunei Press Sdn. Bhd., Brunei Darussalam

Editorial & Production General Manager Jacqueline WM Wong Editor Anis Ramli Editorial Assistant Kimberly MY Low Studio Director Lau Weng Leong Creative Director Michele Tee Digital Media Designer Tang Sze Yik Imaging Colourist June Lim Senior Account Executive Chu Pung Ping Coordinator Sa’adiah Hj Abas

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Imagery & PrePress DI Expressions Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia

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Cryptic Concrete Melbourne’s buildings speak.

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Sweet Surprise The Peninsula Hong Kong.

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Celebrating Waters The Gainsborough Bath Spa.

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Dubai Unearthed A veritable spread of the old and new.

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Destination Dining Atria’s food galore.

MUHIBAH is published by Digital Impressions. All rights reserved. Copyright by Royal Brunei Airlines. Unsolicited materials will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope and sufficient return postage. While every reasonable care is taken by the editor, no responsibility is assumed for the return of unsolicited material. The contents of this magazine are entirely the personal views of the author(s) and/or contributors and do not in any way reflect the views or opinions of the publisher. The publisher disclaims all and any liability to any person arising from the printing, sale or use of the materials in this magazine. The Editorial team reserves the right to edit and/or rewrite all materials according to the needs of the publication upon usage. MUHIBAH is complimentary for passengers on Royal Brunei Airlines. It is also available on subscription at BND7 per copy, excluding postage. Alternatively, log on www.muhibah.com.bn for e-MUHIBAH.

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Best of Brunei A Journey of Intent. Keistimewaan Brunei Jejak Penuh Nikmat.

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In Person Long Live Your Majesty! Dirgahayu Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik!

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Motoring Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

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The Buzz Hari Raya Indulgence

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Take 5 Bandung

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Travel Diary

David Kirkland/Brunei Tourism

Karina Smigla-Bobinski

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CEO’s Message

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Inside RB

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Selamat Datang

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Brunei International Airport

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Traveller’s Guide

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Route Map & Destinations

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Abode of Peace

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ON T H E O C C A S I O N O F HIS MAJESTY’S 70TH BIRTHDAY We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam

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WELCOME ONBOARD CEO’S MESSAGE

His Majesty visiting the new Operation Control Centre.

Dear Guests of RB,

technology of inflight entertainment (IFE) will be extended to all our new short haul aircraft and will become the standard of IFE in years to come.

Welcome aboard!

Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik. We are delighted to celebrate the 70th birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on 15 July, 2016. In light of the festive month, we also wish our Muslim passengers a wonderful Hari Raya Aidilfitri from all of us in RB. In this issue we highlight RB’s newly renovated Operation Control Centre (OCC) officiated by our Chairman on 18 March, 2016 at the Brunei International Airport. His Majesty graciously consented to visit the OCC on 26 May, 2016. The OCC is tasked to ensure that RB’s daily operations are well coordinated across the various disciplines and networks and that we operate to our published schedules and manage the daily operational challenges in the most effective manner. June 2016 has been a very exciting month for RB with the introduction of RB Impian. This cloud streaming in the skies allows you to stream RB entertainment content directly on your personal devices when you fly on our brand new A320 CEO fleet. This innovative Check out eMuhibah at www.flyroyalbrunei.com Be a fan on

We also saw the introduction of the Award Shopper that allows Royal Skies members to instantly redeem their tickets online that will surely bring smiles to them. Do read about these two new fantastic features in the Inside RB page of MUHIBAH. At RB, we are always looking for ways to provide the best to our customers – you. We listen to your needs and our latest offerings will not be possible without your support and loyalty. Thank you for choosing to fly with us. Betterfly Royal Brunei.

Warmest regards, Karam Chand Chief Executive Officer

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WELCOME ONBOARD INSIGHTS

INSIDE RB Roundup of Royal Brunei Airlines happenings.

LONDON 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & OFFICE OPENING RB celebrated the silver jubilee of its flights to London on 27 May, 2016. Present as guest of honour at the event was His Excellency Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Brunei High Commissioner to the UK. Also present were RB trade partners, Brunei High Commission and Brunei Student Union officers, and members of the media. During the event, RB also took the opportunity to honour Yvonne Lewin, RB’s longest-serving employee at the London office, with a token of appreciation.

MEDIA INTERVIEW WITH RB INTERNATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADOR RB hosted 25 journalists from China on a Media Familiarisation trip to Brunei recently. One of their activities was a one-on-one interview session with our Brand Ambassador, Wu Chun. At the interview, Wu Chun helped promote Brunei to the media as well as the upcoming charter flight to ZhengZhou City on 5 July, 2016.

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A SUNGKAI TREAT In appreciation of the support from RB’s travel agents, the RB Sales team was delighted to host travel agents in Brunei Muara and Belait districts to a majlis berbuka puasa/sungkai (breaking of fast). This is an annual gathering and is aimed to strengthen the bond between RB and its agents.

ROYAL SKIES AWARDS SHOPPER & RB IMPIAN RB recently launched the Royal Skies Awards Shopper on 18 June, 2016. With the enhanced online product feature, Royal Skies members will save time and able to shop online from the comfort of their lounge to plan for their holiday travel award tickets conveniently. For steps to use the Award Shopper, visit www.flyroyalbrunei.com Following this, RB launched RB Impian on 20 June, 2016 that allows passengers to stream their entertainment content from their personal devices onboard selected RB flights. To experience RB Impian, passengers need to download the ‘RB Entertainment Player’ mobile application available on both Apple iStore and Google Play store prior to boarding their flight. Audio and Video streaming will be activated in air and passengers will be able to access a wider variety of movies, TV shows and music from their own mobile device.

EXCLUSIVE AIRLINES PARTNER FOR LUXURY LIFESTYLE AWARDS The Luxury Lifestyle Awards event recognises luxury brands for their initiatives, innovation and achievements across a range of industry. This year, RB is proud to be the Exclusive Airlines Partner for Luxury Lifestyle Awards (Middle East & Africa) that was held on 26 May, 2016 in Dubai. Representing RB at the event was Captain Khalidkhan Hj Asmakhan, RB’s Chief Operating Officer.

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Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik! Suatu majlis perayaan yang sungguh istimewa bagi menandakan satu lagi pencapaian penting seorang Raja yang disanjungi. Teks & Imej JACQUELINE WONG

01 The annual Junjung Ziarah is another extraordinary day for His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Meeting and mingling with adoring flag-waving rakyat, receiving pesambah, joining the rakyat on a grandscale celebration at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.

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Acara tahunan Junjung Ziarah Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam merupakan suatu hari yang sungguh istimewa. Beramah mesra bersama rakyat dengan lambaian bendera Negara, bercemar duli menerima pesambah, menyertai rakyat Baginda dalam acara perayaan besar-besaran di Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.

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Your Majesty! A very special occasion to mark another milestone for a very special Ruler. Words & Images JACQUELINE WONG

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70 02 & 03 All of Brunei’s four districts are beautifully decorated with special arches, congratulatory billboards and banners further add to a festive atmosphere throughout the birthday celebrations.

Kesemua empat daerah Brunei dihiasi indah dengan gerbang khas, papan tahniah dan kain rentang menambahkan lagi suasana gemilang di sepanjang sambutan perayaan ini. 04 Balloons in the national colours of black, white and yellow – an ode to His Majesty.

Belon dalam warna kebangsaan menyemarakkan lagi perayaan hari keputeraan Baginda.

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05, 06 & 07 The youth of the uniform are in full force to celebrate His Majesty’s special day and to put on their ďŹ nest display of loyalty to King and Country.

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Belia berpakaian seragam turut serta meraikan hari istimewa Baginda sebagai tanda kesetiaan dan taat kepada Raja dan Negara.

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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.

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Sembah tahniah dari seluruh penjuru Negara Brunei Darussalam merupakan penampilan budaya dan tradisi Negara. Pada dasarnya, hari yang sungguh meriah dan istimewa ini juga merupakan satu kenangan yang sungguh bermakna bagi semua lapisan rakyat serta masyarakat untuk bersama Raja yang mereka sayangi.

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70 12 Excited students bearing national ags that provided a patriotic theme for the celebratory event.

Penuntut sekolah juga teruja mengibarkan bendera Negara yang mencerminkan sifat patriotik dalam acara tahunan ini.

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13, 14 & 16 People of all ages and walks of life will witness the celebrations and fanfare that is full of pomp and tradition that makes for a fun outing for all.

70 Rakyat pelbagai umur serta semua lapisan masyarakat akan menyaksikan acara sambutan dan keraian yang penuh tradisi dan kemeriahan sempena hari istimewa ini. 15 A portrait of His Majesty by local artist, Fairuz Zabadi.

Lakaran potret KDYMM yang diukir oleh pelukis tempatan, Fairuz Zabadi.

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An insider’s perspective to some of Melbourne’s impressive built environs. Words & Images JAMES NOLEN

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While all the magic happens on the beautiful screens of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) or inside the galleries at Federation Square, many of us are beavering away at ACMI X, our new space designed by legendary Melbourne architectural ďŹ rm Six Degrees, located in Southbank.

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I am a proud Melbournian and have loved this city’s varied architecture since I was young, and care very much for the conservation of this special city. I do seem to be drawn to the top of Bourke Street a lot these days. I always love seeing what’s on display at American Tailors and Madam Virtue. And the wrapping paper at the Paperback Bookshop is one of this city’s greatest best kept secrets. There is a charming scale to this end of town with mostly Victorian buildings juxtaposed with the mid-century modernism of Pellegrini’s.

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And then barely a block away you have the magnificent Collins Place designed by I.M. Pei. I also rather love the imposing Flinders Lane entry lobby of 333 Collins. Since Instagram has come on the scene, I have rediscovered my love of photography and instead of boring my family with my obsession, I can share it with the world through the world wide web. I like to try and capture some of the elements to Melbourne that maybe overlooked – the nooks and the crannies, if you like. Whether it is the highly decorative writing on a basement grate or the juxtaposition of colour and movement – the city is full of endless discoveries!

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Currently, I can’t stop admiring the pure mid-century modern lines of 1 MacArthur Street. A building I used to rather detest has become a favourite to photograph again and again! Also, the art deco period is still my favourite. Whether it’s the Capitol Theatre, the former Buckley and Nunn Men’s Store (now David Jones) in Bourke Street, or the Beehive Building in Elizabeth St – there’s something about that era that makes my heart skip a beat!

06 04 Beehive building. 05 Vanishing point at 333 Collins St Lobby. 06 Grin (& bare it) – Pellegrinis.

Visit City of Melbourne’s blog.thatsmelbourne.com.au for more inspiration on where to dine, drink and explore the city. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily.

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Sweet SURPRISE A Hong Kong sojourn is not complete without a visit to The Peninsula. Words ANIS RAMLI Images THE PENINSULA HONG KONG

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What can change with a hotel in five years? Apparently lots. And yet, there remains too some things that never change. As far as stories of hotels go, there could only be one property in all of Hong Kong that truly captures the romance of the Orient. And that’s The Peninsula. With all its glamour and sumptuous service, it’s easy to forget that the hotel was built in 1928 and had, during World War II, become the headquarters for the Japanese. Today, the hotel will transform any visit to Hong Kong – enveloping the guest in the grandeur of yesteryear yet fully ensconced in next generation intuitive hospitality. From the moment you arrive, The Peninsula is there to create magic. How else can you describe being whisked away from airport to hotel in one of its signature Brewster Green stretch Rolls Royce Phantoms only to unwind in your room with the sweeping views of the iconic Victoria Harbour in just under an hour?

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Although our last visit was five years ago, the staff deftly demonstrated their power of retention, recalling our partiality to halal food and anything chocolate. This allowed us to enjoy some of the best in-room dining options and a special entry pass into the Chocolate Room (more later). A mere mention of their signature strawberry shortcake would soon see the staff running to the Boutique and surprising us with the dessert. At breakfast in the laidback and atmospheric The Verandah, the server – and they were never one of the same – always knew how we preferred our eggs. We’re not sure how this was so, but The Verandah soon became our favourite part of the hotel, thanks to the insanely generous breakfast spread that had the most delicate onsen tomago we’ve ever tasted. So back to that Chocolate Room. This latest addition to the hotel, with its colourful glazed mosaic tiles, is a narrow strip in the back kitchen and the epicentre for all of the hotel’s chocolate creations. Off limits to guests, we were given the privilege to enter and meet Maître Chocolatier, Marijn Coertjenshaute, who creates exquisite chocolate butterfly centrepieces and everyday bon bon indulgences (think lemon and basil, caramel with sea salt and heartwarming apple pie). Thankfully, guests can purchase them at the Peninsula Boutique.

The Chocolate Room was not the only thing we adored. The Peninsula has long been known for pioneering the next generation of in-room technology. A recent refurbishment now has at least three nifty tablets in every room that lets you work on everything. From controlling all room functions to calling for in-room dining and whatever else tickles your fancy, it’s the one gadget that rules them all. Oh, and did we mention you can also make free international calls with its wireless VOIP phone? Yes. Perhaps next they could think of video calls – since the views from our room were simply too amazing not to share. Yet, amid all these refinement, The Peninsula never forgets age-old traditions that have defined them. Case in point: the legendary afternoon tea. Still hosted

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in the colossal lobby as it had over 80 years ago, the English afternoon tea remains popular for many reasons. There remains the sense of ceremony, with its three-tiered serving plates and silver cutlery. But in true Peninsula style that gives everything a slight edge, don’t be surprised to find the string quartet cheekily strutting a Star Wars musical score. The hotel takes pride of place at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula where shopping is just mere steps away. At night, the iconic neon lights of Hong Kong’s busy streets beckon you to explore the narrow pathways and hidden corners where you’ll find the quintessential essence of the island. The scenes in Kowloon may have changed over the years, but where The Peninsula is concerned, service remains unchanged. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Hong Kong daily.

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Celebrating Waters

This historical compact city of Bath just has a new neighbour. Words ANIS RAMLI

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As far as new neighbours go, The Gainsborough Bath Spa has certainly put the spotlight even further on the city of Bath. Known for its thermal waters, gentrified landscape and beautiful period buildings, The Gainsborough wasted no time in fitting itself with these themes – and more, giving the town a sexy new edge. Foremost in its resume, The Gainsborough has full bragging rights to its own piping hot thermal waters. This alone has made the property an easy nominee for any West England bucket list. In fact, if you book into one of its Bath Spa Rooms, you will get in-room access to the centuries-old, mineral-enriched waters. Talk about wow factor. That’s not to say other rooms aren’t worth a stay. Designed by award-winning Champalimaud Designs, all rooms and suites extol a picture of genteel English respectability. Space was further exaggerated with soaring ceilings and high windows. Minibars are complimentary, with 24-hour room service and a Nespresso machine to satiate emergency caffeine cravings. There is a contemporary mix to the interiors, yet subtle

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designs remind you of the period buildings it is housed in – which was once a hospital and then a college. On a chilly Summer afternoon (this is England, after all), the bathroom’s underfloor heating is heaven-sent. All guests staying at The Gainsborough have complimentary access to the Bath House at their award-winning Spa Village. And truly, this is the star of the property. Set beneath a glass atrium, amid Romanesque columns and mosaics, guests are welcome into a bath circuit that takes them past two natural thermal pools of varying temperatures, traditional and infrared saunas, a steam room and an ice alcove. Guests cool down with endless supply of bottled water, but we especially like the hot chocolate machine, spiced up with cardamoms and other spices, drunk in tiny paper cups. The recipe is kept as close to as possible as when the Georgians drank it. The thermal pools have various jets for massaging the body. You can swim in the pool, whose original 47°C waters have been reduced to body temperature, and still have a calming and luxurious experience. But, it’s the private

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aquatic therapy Freedom that takes the cake. A hypnotic combination of gentle dance, chiropractic and Thai massage all done in the water, it’s a unique treatment that uses the buoyancy of the water to stretch and make the body pliable like no other conventional treatment can. Combined with the warmth and gentle therapist’s maneuvering, you’ll come out of the session energised, de-stressed and ready to roll on the bed. Beyond the spa, The Gainsborough is led by a brilliant team who are all warm and accommodating. The cosy and intimate Art Deco-style restaurant and lounge only seem to emphasise this ethos. The restaurant partners one of Germany’s Michelin-starred chef, Johann Lafer, who lends his name and culinary philosophy of Dining Without Borders to highlight locally-sourced products with the best of Asian flavours for an innovative menu. Dishes are sophisticated, to say the least, like Sauteed Sallops with Tiger King Prawns and Crab Ristto accompanied by Bok Choy Leaves or Poached Fillet of Halibut with Mustard

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Butter and Celeriac Veloute. But it is the service that is sublime, with staff attentive and ready to accommodate requests. The Canvas Room next door is a perennial favourite to unwind after a day out shopping in the city. Quintessentially English in its charm and character, the lounge is great for curling up with a book or meet up with friends. The all-day dining menu includes wonderful mocktails, including a delectable Afternoon Tea set. One cannot fault the location of The Gainsborough. Located right in Bath’s city centre, great shopping and the best of historic Bath greet you as soon as you step out the door. The hotel can arrange for a free tour of the city through Sulis Guides that gives you a good start to the city’s layout and its history. The main shopping street has all of our favourites, including Anthropologie, Space NK and Hobbs, plus plenty of cafes and chic eateries to round up your Bath stay. Royal Brunei Airlines flies London daily via Dubai.

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Dubai is one of the most exciting cities in the world. But who better to highlight the city’s hidden gems than the locals? Follow the itinerary below to experience a different side of Dubai that will engage you in activities, hidden gems and lesser known highlights not covered by any travel guide.

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Start the day with a light, healthy breakfast at The Archive, beautifully situated within the leafy surrounds of Safa Park. Then make your way to one of Dubai’s manmade wonders, Palm Jumeirah, from where your helicopter sightseeing tour with Alpha Tours lifts off. It’s the perfect way to get your bearings, take in all the different Dubai icons and truly appreciate the scale of the city’s engineering and architectural marvels. Back on terra firma, you’ll no doubt have built up an appetite, so head over to the popular Bikers Café on Jumeirah Beach Road. This casual American-style diner serves classic Emirati dishes as well as delicious signature burgers – and don’t worry, non-bikers are more than welcome. Refuelled, you’ll be ready for the afternoon’s adrenaline-packed activity as you try the latest sport to have taken the city by storm, namely flyboarding. SeaRide Dubai, located at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, will show you how it’s done before you strap yourself in and let the jets of water propel you up to ten metres into the air. After all the excitement, you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet afforded by a sunset workout session on the Madinat Jumeirah beach overlooking Burj Al Arab hotel. After which it’s time for dinner at nearby Al Marhabani Restaurant, where you can tuck into the traditional Yemeni dish of mandi, made from rice, tender lamb and a mixture of spices, all cooked in a clay oven.

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Enjoy an ‘eggciting’ breakfast at popular Karama haunt Raju Omlet, a casual, laidback eatery that does delicious things with the humble egg. Spend the morning exploring the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, home to your first stop, Dubai Museum, whose exhibits and dioramas shed light on life in the city before the skyscrapers went up. To help you get acquainted with the area, you can sign up for the National Geographic Walking Tour or opt for a two-wheeled journey through Old Dubai courtesy of Fishtail Rides, who will provide you with an eco-friendly single-speed bicycle. Don’t miss the opportunity to drop by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where your local hosts will answer all your questions about UAE culture, customs and religion.

For lunch, drop by Rajdhani Restaurant in nearby Bur Dubai, specialising in authentic Indian thali meals, or enjoy tasty vegetarian fare while relaxing in the tree-filled courtyard of XVA Art Hotel. Afterwards, head across the Creek to Deira in a wooden abra (the short journey will cost you a bargain AED1), and make your way to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where you can perfect your haggling skills. Having hopefully picked up a bargain or two, your second day in Dubai draws to a sumptuous close at Khan Murjan in the heart of Wafi Mall’s underground souk. The restaurant is designed to resemble a Damascene courtyard and serves the finest cuisine from across Arabia.

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Today you’ll get a taste of desert life as you explore the sea of sand on the city’s doorstep. Rising before dawn, you’ll be picked up in a 4x4 and driven out into the dunes for your sunrise hot air balloon ride. Don’t forget your camera as you watch the colours slowly fill the golden landscape – it’s an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Next, make your way to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, a luxurious oasis in the desert. Grab a bite to eat and then get ready to discover the ancient practice of falconry, an important, enduring tradition that uses trained falcons to hunt prey. Afterwards, on your way back into town, stop off at Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre to enjoy a leisurely camel ride over the dunes – there’s even the opportunity to sample camel milk. In the afternoon, drop by funky eatery Zaroob on Sheikh Zayed Road. This fun, colourful restaurant is inspired by the traditional street food vendors of the Levant region and serves award-winning cuisine. Staying in the Downtown region – and in stark contrast to the first half of the day – head to The Dubai Mall and swap your clothes for a wetsuit as you plunge into the mammoth tank at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, getting up close and personal with a huge variety of sea life. Afterwards, don’t forget to take in the impressive Dubai Fountain. Dinner is served at everyone’s favourite Bu Qtair, offering yet more Dubai contrasts. This simple, cheap and cheerful eatery is essentially a beach shack, but it overlooks the ‘seven-star’ Burj Al Arab and serves fresh fish and seafood that’s so good diners are more than happy to stand in line and wait their turn.

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Enjoy an early morning breakfast at Mamatani, a cosy Jumeirah café that promises ‘a taste of home’. It’s also a great place to try traditional Emirati ‘Khameer’ bread. Next, it’s off to Hatta, an inland exclave of Dubai emirate on the border with Oman. About an hour’s drive away, it’s the perfect spot for some mountain trekking, broken up with regular dips in the freshwater rock pools. On your way back to Dubai, stop off for lunch at The Farm on the outskirts of the city. It’s a surprisingly lush, green oasis with a tranquil atmosphere and a healthy, wholesome menu. The afternoon then offers an opportunity to get better acquainted with Dubai’s heritage and history, visiting Heritage House, the Pearl Museum and Juma Al-Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage, all located in Deira.

Round off the day by booking yourself onto a dinner cruise along the Creek. Several options are available, including a sumptuous buffet aboard a traditional wooden dhow or a more intimate affair on board the modern Bateaux Dubai.

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Your final day in Dubai begins with a bite to eat at buzzing Tom & Serg. This super-trendy café is located in Dubai’s warehouse district of Al Quoz and serves tasty breakfast fare and some of the best coffee in the city. The location is ideal for moving on to explore Dubai’s art galleries, spread all over Al Quoz with a particular concentration in Alserkal Avenue, a cul de sac of around 20 creative spaces showcasing works by local artists and from across the region and beyond. If all that art has made you hungry, head over to café-deli Omnia Gourmet in Jumeirah on the other side of Sheikh Zayed Road. Opened by celebrity chef Silvena Rowe, you can expect mouth-watering dishes with a particular focus on healthy eating and local ingredients. Afterwards, golf fans shouldn’t miss the chance to practise their swing on one of Dubai’s championship courses, such as Emirates Golf Club. Or, if golf’s not your thing, you could always head over to Atlantis The Palm to swim with its resident dolphins. The perfect ending to the perfect day takes the form of a Bedouin-style barbecue in the desert, complete with delicious grills, regional delicacies, a campfire and, of course, a canopy of stars. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Dubai daily.

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Gone are the days when food courts are a staple for all shopping malls. Today, in an ever competitive mall landscape, it is the food scene that gets a re-think to step up the game. One inner city neighbourhood mall is drawing droves of customers with its mix of gourmet burgers, sublime breakfast sandwiches, Korean food, organic specialties and cafes with awardwining bean.

Atria Shopping Gallery in Damansara Jaya is fast becoming the pulse of Petaling Jaya. Traditionally considered a quiet enclave, Atria has changed the once quiet neighbourhood into a cool urban hangout. The shopping gallery enjoys a roster of popular fashion brands such as MANGO and Next, but it is the dining scene that has drawn droves of people to its premises.

When a neighbourhood mall turns into a gourmet destination. Words SURIANI ARIFF

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When it comes to cafes, the list is endless. Artistry by Artisan Coffee Bar crafts amazing coffees, with beans sourced from an Edinburgh-based award-winning gourmet coffee roastery. Chocolate lovers will love Swich, where Valrhona creations include a classic chocolate cake and Salted Caramel Triple Chocolate Fudge cake. But it is their seasonal masterful surprises such as the Cempedak cake (Jackfruit cake) and Musang King durian mud pie that has impressed many a customers. Tea lovers would find Tea Verandah a relaxing place to unwind. A smorgasbord of tea blends that includes a Europe Fruits Tea, Organic Tea, Yogurt Tea and the Classic Black Tea. There’s even a Bentong ginger, red date and lemon concoction that is satisfyingly delicious on a hot day. Pair your teas with either a selection of main meals (think pastas and salmon steaks) or the ubiquitous finger food Afternoon Tea Set that offers tuna pastries, cupcakes and scones.

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Another major drawcard to Atria are the dining outlets. Homegrown brand Dave’s Deli, where footlong sausages, hearty beef stews and perfectly roasted chicken are on the menu, never disappoint with their consistency and generous servings. At Nosh Up, the premise is on experimentation, with offerings such as Crunchy Soft Shell Burger and Smoked Duck Miso Pasta. Priding itself in woodsmoking its own salmon and shunning preservatives and artificial colouring, the menu here is fresh, interesting and deserves a try. Local thoroughfare comes in the form of Baba Nyonya by Sambal Chilli, where Straits Peranakan food take centrestage, Kopi Time Cafe for kopitiam fare, and Ah Cheng Laksa, a fast casual take out stop for delicious local noodles. There are many international flavours to choose from including MOIM (Korean), HK7 (Hong Kong), Absolute Thai (Thai), Pho Vietz (Vietnamese) and Manmaru (Japanese). Basically, when at Atria, there is always a bounty to be had.

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Atria also wins with its convenience, accessibility, and a vast selection of other perks such as complimentary first two hours parking (when you spend RM30 or more at any outlet), a Grab Taxi Booking Service that offers a convenient ride anywhere, and baby strollers and wheelchairs service for those who need them. Anchor grocer tenant, Village Grocer, houses local and international products, including Korean

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and Japanese food items, and the inhouse bakery (where breads are baked daily) also provides a quiet corner to rest after completing your shopping. There’s something of a carnival atmosphere here too, especially when special or seasonal events are staged. Find out more to time your visit well at www.atria.com.my Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kuala Lumpur 2x daily.

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INTENT The spiritual journey that is the Hajj. Words ANIS RAMLI Images RAJA MOHD FIRDAUS BIN RAJA ALJUNID

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The Hajj draws millions of worshippers each year. Hajj, the fifth and last pillar of Islam, is a duty upon every Muslim once in their lifetime, only if they are able – both physically and financially. Like Muslims everywhere, Bruneians consider this journey the most significant manifestation of their faith. Financial ability is given emphasis as a Muslim’s foremost responsibility is the caring of the family. Anyone leaving for Hajj has to ensure that the family they leave behind would be left with sufficient means in their absence. Unlike the Umrah, the minor pilgrimage, Hajj is performed during a five-day period from the ninth through 13th of Zulhijjah, the 12th month of the Muslim lunar calendar (Hajj this year will fall on 9-14 September, 2016 corresponding with the Muslim lunar calendar). During those five days, pilgrims gather in Makkah to perform specific rituals, unchanged since the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) undertook his Hajj over 1,400 years ago. Imagine this: Muslims from around the world who speak different languages and come from varied backgrounds are united in the same rituals and perform them as one. White is not necessarily the colour made obligatory for all performing their Hajj to wear. But perhaps because it denotes purity, or that it’s symbolic of a person’s intentions to start life on a clean slate. After all, Hajj is the spiritual highlight of a Muslim’s life. During Hajj season, Brunei’s airport turns busy with pilgrims and their families as they are sent off. The scene changes little at every Hajj season.

The Government of Saudi Arabia today sets quotas for the number of citizens from each country who can go for Hajj every year (400 for Brunei). This is to ensure safer conditions for pilgrims, for during Hajj season, there could be approximately 2 million worshippers entering Makkah alone. It is due to this quota system that, when a Bruneian discovers that he or she is shortlisted for Hajj, the decision is received with much blessing and thankfulness.

The pilgrims would soon board specially chartered flights bound for Jeddah. From there, they will be processed and await their turn to be bussed over to Madina. The waiting at the special Hajj terminal can be tiring – anywhere between one to 12 hours. But for many pilgrims who arrive here from around the world, the waiting is only a test of their patience; a minor jihad (struggle) upon oneself as the Guest of Allah, a term bestowed upon those who make the pilgirmage.

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Bruneian Hajj pilgrims are also granted a special audience with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha at Istana Nurul Iman. It has been a tradition for His Majesty to present the pilgrims with a kurnia (personal gift), the Hajj cloth sheets for the males, prayer attire for the females and offer parting advice to the pilgrims. As for the term “Guest of Allah”, it is reported in an authentic saying (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by Ibn Umar: “The one who fights for the sake of Allah and the pilgrim who goes for Hajj or Umrah are all guests of Allah. He called them and they responded; they ask of Him and He will give them.” (Ibn Maajah, 2893) As every Bruneian descends upon Makkah, they will be chanting:

Labbaikallahumma Labbaik Labbaika La Syarika laka Labbaik Innal hamda wanni’mata Laka wal mulk La syarika lak Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am You have no partner, here I am Truly, the praise and the favour are yours, and the dominion You have no partner We wish all pilgrims Hajj mabrur (an accepted pilgrimage). Ameen.

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Pakaian berwarna putih untuk menunaikan fardhu Haji tidak merupakan perkara wajib. Mungkin warna ini menjadi pilihan kerana ia melambangkan kesucian, ataupun kerana warna putih begitu simbolik memulakan hidup baru seseorang. Pastinya, menunaikan fardhu Haji adalah ibadah kemuncak dalam hidup setiap Muslim. Pada musim Haji, suasana Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei sibuk dengan ratusan jemaah Haji dan kaum keluarga yang turut serta menghantar mereka ke tanah suci. Ini menjadi lumrah setiap musim Haji. Para jemaah Haji akan menaiki penerbangan khas ke Jeddah. Selepas diproses di Jeddah, jemaah Haji akan menunggu giliran untuk dibawa menaiki bas ke Madinah. Penantian di terminal Haji khas ini agak memenatkan – antara satu hingga 12 jam. Namun bagi jemaah Haji yang tiba dari seluruh dunia, penantian ini hanya salah satu dari dugaan ke atas kesabaran; jihad kecil ke atas Tetamu Allah, gelaran bagi mereka yang menunaikan fardhu Haji. Berjuta Muslim menunaikan fardhu Haji setiap tahun. Haji, rukun Islam kelima dan terakhir, adalah tanggungjawab wajib setiap Muslim yang perlu dijalankan sekurang-kurangnya sekali dalam hidup mereka jika berkemampuan secara ďŹ zikal dan kewangan. Seperti umat Islam lain, warga Brunei menganggap tanggungjawab ini sebagai manifestasi keimanan mereka yang paling penting. Kemampuan dari segi kewangan diberi keutamaan kerana tanggungjawab paling utama setiap Muslim adalah untuk menjaga kebajikan keluarga mereka terlebih dahulu. Mereka yang akan menunaikan fardhu Haji perlu memastikan kebajikan semua ahli keluarga mereka terjaga semasa ketiadaan mereka kelak. Berbeza dengan Umrah, ibadah Haji dijalankan dalam tempoh lima hari antara 9 dan 13 Zulhijjah, bulan ke-12 dalam kalendar Hijrah (tempoh Haji tahun ini akan berlangsung antara

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9-14 September, 2016). Dalam tempoh lima hari ini, jemaah Haji akan berkumpul di Mekah untuk menunaikan ibadah yang tidak berubah sejak zaman Rasullulah S.A.W. lebih 1,400 tahun yang lalu. Bayangkan: umat Islam dari merata dunia dan berkomunikasi dalam pelbagai bahasa dari latar belakang berbeza, semuanya menunaikan ibadah yang serupa secara serentak. Kerajaan Arab Saudi pada masa ini menetapkan kuota untuk bilangan warga sesebuah negara untuk menghantar jemaahnya menunaikan fardhu Haji setiap tahun (400 orang bagi Negara Brunei Darussalam). Ini untuk memastikan keselamatan jemaah kerana sejumlah 2 juta Muslim akan berada di Mekah dalam satu masa. Disebabkan sistem kuota inilah warga Brunei amat bersyukur apabila mendapat berita bahawa nama mereka terpilih untuk menunaikan fardhu Haji. Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, serta Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha juga secara tradisi berkenan menerima mengadap dan junjung ziarah bakal jemaah Haji di Istana Nurul Iman. Sebahagian dari tradisi ini adalah Baginda Sultan akan mengurniakan pakaian ihram kepada bakal jemaah Haji muslimin dan telekung kepada bakal jemaah Haji muslimah, berserta menyampaikan nasihat untuk para jemaah Haji.

Umrah adalah tetamu Allah. Apabila mereka memohon kepada-Nya, nescaya diperkenankan. Dan apabila mereka memohon keampunanNya, nescaya diampunkan.” (Ibn Maajah, 2893) Ketika tiba di Mekah, setiap jemaah Haji dari Brunei akan mengucapkan kalimah berikut:

Labbaikallahumma Labbaik Labbaika La Syarika laka Labbaik Innal hamda wanni’mata Laka wal mulk La syarika lak Ku sambut seruan-Mu Ya Allah, Ku sambut seruan-Mu Ku sambut seruan-Mu, tiada sekutu bagi-Mu, Ku sambut seruan-Mu Sesungguhnya segala puji, nikmat dan kekuasaan adalah milik-Mu Tiada sekutu bagi-Mu Kami mendoakan Haji yang mabrur buat semua jemaah Haji kali ini. Amin.

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The all-new Pajero Sport is the third-generation mid-size SUV developed to a “stylish and comfortable off-road SUV” concept. Inheriting the best of the Pajero brand, the Pajero Sport brings with it a refined and high-quality exterior design, high-quality vehicle performance and a comfortable interior on par with the best in its class, and a comprehensive advanced safety feature set to give you a peace of mind. At its core is the 2.4L MIVEC turbo diesel engine. Mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission (first for a Mitsubishi model) developed to complement the all-new Pajero Sport, power is sent to all four wheels via a Super-Select 4WD-II four-wheel drive system with a new Off-road Mode and Hill Descent Control. With all of this in play, you get nothing but the best whether on or off-road. Highlights of its performance include Super-Select 4WD-II four-wheel drive system with a new Off-road Mode, 178 horsepower with 430 Nm torque and an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Pajero Sport is also the second model to feature Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front end, with the first being the Outlander, which was launched earlier this year. It features a stylish design with accents made of chrome in the front fascia, sleek headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and a new bumper design. At the back, it features a striking pair of vertically-oriented tail light clusters and a re-designed lift gate. LED Headlamps and Daytime Running Lights, Side Mirror Signal lights, 18” alloy wheels (GLS model) and Fog lights all add to the stylish upgrade.

meters to sophisticated floor console, every feature is fine-tuned to enhance driving pleasure and keep you in confident control. Bluetooth connectivity, engine push start button, driver power seat and leather seats are some of the new interior features to look forward to. Elsewhere, sophisticated new safety features intelligently support safer driving whether you are parking or cruising on the highway. You can drive with greater confidence knowing that all occupants are solidly protected by a robust RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body and comprehensive safety measures. There are seven Airbags, Blind Spot Detection, Rain Sensor and Reverse Camera. GHK Motors Sdn Bhd is the sole distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Brunei Darussalam. With a very reasonable price tag for both the high spec 2.4-liter MIVEC intercooled turbocharged DI-D GLS and standard spec 2.5-liter intercooled turbocharged GLX, and looks to match the features, the new Pajero Sport is truly a car considered “value for money”. Call GHK Motors at 2423423/0882 (BSB) or 3335740/6372 (KB) for further vehicle information. Or, follow GHK on Facebook or Instagram for news updates. GHK Motors is running a promotion in conjunction with the Hari Raya celebrations. With the purchase of a Mitsubishi model new owners will get 2 months free installment plus a $1,000 shopping voucher. This offer is valid until 31 July 2016.

The roomy interior of this car gives your family members generous head and legroom as well as plenty of in-cabin storage space. The second row seats can be generously reclined for a more relaxed ride or tumbled forward to provide space for nearly anything you want to bring along for the ride. Whatever the terrain you will be driving in, adventure calls from the well-appointed cockpit, which surrounds you with solid craftsmanship, supportive comfort, intelligent features and a wide open view. From refined

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HARI RAYA INDULGENCE Celebrate the festive month of Syawal with sartorial pleasures from Reebonz.

GATHERING WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Shine extra bright on one of the most festive days of the year. On the first day of Eid, sparkle away in this versatile glittering gold top. Pair it with a long skirt for the day, or night. A quick change to denims or leggings for classy casual and you are good to go!

THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST ON HARI RAYA Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter. Complement your look with a pair of immaculate gold earrings by Alcozer & JTreasure, but don’t forget the feet – these shimmering Stuart Weitzman sandals will leave the impression of you floating elegantly through the crowd!

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TRAVELS NEAR OR FAR Whether you’re returning home for the annual family gathering or travelling abroad to visit loved ones, outfit yourself with a bag that is righteously convenient. The graceful Gucci Bamboo tote is commodious enough to fit your travelling must-haves; or if you would rather go handsfree, the Céline crossbody is a sure delight.

FESTIVE CELEBRATION Adorn your festive attire with this Alexander McQueen Knuckle Box clutch. This little style hero will guarantee to elicit double takes from your friends.

GIFTING YOUR LOVED ONES Surprise your loved ones with timeless classics that remain stylish throughout the ages. Treat the important women in your lives with vintage pieces from esteemed brands such as Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Have a memorable Eid with Reebonz. Sign up as a Reebonz member for FREE. Key in the code MUHIBAH5 upon checkout to enjoy an extra 5% off your purchases. Discount code is valid until 31 August, 2016. Visit www.reebonz.com.bn

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Indonesia Tourism

West Java’s capital offers picturesque vista and a town worth many exploring. Words & Images KIM LOW

SEE Hike or take a ride to the Tangkuban Perahu, a stratovolcano in Lembang, just 30km from Bandung. Seen from the city, the mountain looks like an upturned boat, prompting a local legend that tells of its creation. On the way back, there are strawberry farms, a tea plantation and a floating market to break the journey.

Indonesia Tourism

Indonesia Tourism

BANDUNG

DO Visit Saung Angklung Udjo for a taste of the local culture. This one-stop cultural workshop does not only sell handmade bamboo handicrafts, but also hold performances. Catch a snippet of wayang golek (puppet show), traditional dances and an angklung (traditional bamboo instrument) orchestra.

SHOP Jalan Riau, Jalan Setiabudi, Dago district and the Cihampelas areas are all shopping havens. Lined with factory outlets, you can get lost in the maze, but patience can bear fruitful bargains. If you want to bring back a taste of West Java, hop in to Kartika Sari for locally-made brownies and cakes.

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Jakarta 6x weekly for connections to Bandung.

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Mercure Bandung Setiabudi

STAY Mercure Bandung Setiabudi is a comfortable hotel perfect for your Bandung exploration. Rooms are cosy and spacious, with an even greater balcony that offers terrific views of the city. Don’t miss the heated pool that makes swimming anytime pleasant.

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Information Department Brunei

LIFESTYLE TRAVEL DIARY

WHAT’S

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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. Not yet a member? Register on www.flyroyalbrunei.com/ royalskies

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HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI Friends and family come together to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with the end of Ramadhan. As part of this joyous occasion, the doors of Istana Nurul Iman is opened to all visitors who wish to shake hands and convey their well wishes to the Brunei Royal Family in person. * 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 *6 to 9 July, 2016. (*Subject to the sighting of the moon)

www.bruneitourism.travel

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM HONG KONG

UNITED KINGDOM

HONG KONG BOOK FAIR 2016 Whether you’re a bibliophile or a casual reader, there will be a book to suit your taste. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, this year’s fair will introduce fans to the theme “Chinese Martial Arts Literature”. There will be a series of seminars and cultural activities organised to explore the theme across the times, as well as a dedicated zone in the Art Gallery to introduce classic martial arts novelists. hkbookfair.hktdc.com

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STAR WARS CELEBRATION The ultimate Star Wars fan experience will take place over three fun-filled days of Star Wars cast and crew, costumes, exclusive merchandise, entertainment and exhibits. Taking place at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre, fans will have the opportunity to catch a sneak peek at the costumes and props of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie and try out ILMxLAB’s innovative virtual reality experiment, Trials on Tattoine. www.starwarscelebration.com

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WE THE FEST Celebrate arts, fashion, food and more as We The Fest returns at Parkir Timur Senayan in Jakarta. A great way to spend the weekend with friends and family, it’s the city’s calendar event not to be missed. wethefest.com

INDONESIA THAILAND

30-31 Jul

OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE

ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA THAILAND 2016

This is your chance to witness, tour and learn more about some of Melbourne’s unique spaces. By discovering the stories behind the buildings, you’ll be able to dwell into the city’s culture, history and what makes Melbourne a special place.

The Anime Festival Asia Thailand is back! Held at the Royal Paragon Hall in Siam Paragon Shopping Center in Bangkok, the festival will feature popular cosplay celebrities and special guests from the anime industry. And those looking to add to their anime stash can also look forward to one of the largest collections of anime merchandise from Akiba Town.

www.openhousemelbourne.org

animefestival.asia/afath16

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IMAGINARIUM: OVER THE OCEAN, UNDER THE SEA Adventurers of all ages can delve into the watery realms of our planet as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists at SAM at 8Q. The many stories and ideas surrounding seaspaces are presented in both interactive and tactile mediums to encourage a sense of discovery and curiousity of young minds through exploration and play. Mulyana

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SELAMAT DATANG Selamat Datang means ‘Welcome’ in Malay, and your seamless journey begins here.

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.

Business Class

RB Impian Inflight Entertainment

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

RB Impian Inflight 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 and relax with our overhead movie screens. For more information, please contact your nearest Royal Brunei Airlines office.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE DECADES 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. 72

Cuisine Everything we serve has been carefully 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.

Special Meals Royal Brunei offers a variety of tasty culinary solutions to suit our passengers’ special dietary requirements. Special meals can be

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 all-passenger 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.

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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 alcoholfree 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 Electronic devices such as Citizen’s band (CB) radio, remote-controlled devices (such as radio controlled toys), and transmitting devices that emit radio frequencies are not to be used at any time during the flight. 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; mobile phones (which must be

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2000s

2010s

> RB took delivery of the first of three leased Boeing 767-200ER 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. > 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.

> 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.

> Direct services to Shanghai were re-launched in March 2010.

> RB unveiled its new heritage-inspired uniforms on 21 February, 2014.

> 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.

> The first of RB’s two A320 CEO aircraft arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan on 26 September, 2015.

> 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.

> RB commenced four-times weekly flights to Melbourne in March 2011.

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switched to flight mode), personal computers, FM receivers, calculators, electronic shavers, audio and video recorders, hand-held computer games, and playback devices..

Lithium Batteries 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. Low and medium powered rechargeable batteries in equipment and limited quantity 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.

Non-smoking Policy Royal Brunei Airlines operates non-smoking flights to all destinations.

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: feedback@rba.com.bn.

BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Brunei International Airport’s computerised passenger and cargo handling facilities can handle 3 million passengers and 50,000 tonnes of cargo a year. Among the facilities offered at the airport are the Airport Prayer Hall (Surau Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei Darussalam), telephones and Free Wi-Fi services, restaurants and shower facilities for passengers who want to rest or freshen up before their flight. For customer comfort and convenience, RB Service Centre is located on the Departure Hall area. Passengers can make reservations, ticket purchase, book tour packages and redeem Royal Skies miles. The Customer Service Centre at the Brunei International Airport operates 7 days a week, from 8am to

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prior to their flights. Complimentary massage chairs, shower rooms, ablution areas and High Definition TV are available.

Our Business Class and Royal Skies Elite passengers can now enjoy the service of our RB porters at departure curb-side for baggage assistance and trolley service to the check-in counters. The premium checkin lounge offers our Business Class and Royal Skies Elite passengers with a relaxed check-in experience.

Duty-free shops offer consumer goods at competitive prices. There are several outlets, including a money changer located at the 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.

RB Economy class passengers and groups booking may proceed to RB check-in counter Row B.

A mobile application app has been developed by the Department of Civil Aviation to help passengers/visitors experience the newly refurbished Brunei International Airport seamlessly through the ‘iFLYBRUNEI’ app on the smartphone.

Business Class and Royal Skies Elite passengers are able to access the SkyLounge

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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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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: melrba@rba.com.bn 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: hkgres@rba.com.bn 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

GUANGZHOU (CAN)

BAIYUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Airport-City 28 kms Approx. Fare from Airport to City • Bus CNY19 • Taxi CNY2.6 Airport Tax CNY90 Currency Chinese Yuan (CNY) Language Cantonese, Mandarin GMT +8

GENERAL SALES AGENT DEKS AIR (CHINA) LTD. Room 2915, Tower B, China Shine Plaza, 9 Linhe Road West, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China T: (8620) 8332 3120 / 8332 1575 F: (8620) 8332 6369

SHANGHAI (PVG)

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: shasales@rba.com.bn 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

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: dpsrba@rba.com.bn 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: jktrba@rba.com.bn

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

SURABAYA (SUB)

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: subrba@rba.com.bn 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

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: kulrba@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

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

RB MIRI OFFICE Lot 1378 (Sub Lot 7) and Lot 1345, Block 10, Miri Concession. Land District, Kubu Road, Centre Point Commercial Centre, Miri Sarawak, Malaysia T: (60) 85 426 322 / 426 334 F: (60) 85 426 355

PHILIPPINES MANILA (MNL)

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 AVIA-RH INC 4/F Le Rose Building, 832 A. Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City, Philippines. T: (63) 632 886 7513 F: (63) 632 886 7494 E: mnlres@rba.com.bn 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

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: jedrba@rba.com.bn 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: sinrba@rba.com.bn 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

THAILAND BANGKOK (BKK)

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

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: dxbres@rba.com.bn, dxbrba@rba.com.bn 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: lonrba@rba.com.bn 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: airlogistics@airlogistics. co.uk / operations@ airlogistics.co.uk / sales@airlogistics.co.uk 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: sales@airlogistics.co.uk

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: SGNRBA@rba.com.bn 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: hansales@airlogisticsgroup.com

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WELCOME ONBOARD

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.

www.bruneitourism.travel For more information on Brunei, email: info@bruneitourism.travel Images DAVID KIRKLAND/ BRUNEI TOURISM

Brunei-Muara

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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 2016

Ramadhan 1437 / Syawal 1437 Date Hijriah Day

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Imsak

4.37 4.38 4.38 4.38 4.39 4.39 4.39 4.39 4.40 4.40 4.40 4.40

Subuh

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Zohor Asar

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 2016

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Sector Eligible for Elite Tier Qualification

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Miles Redeemable for Upgrade to Business Class

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Royal Skies Mileage Accrual

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