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Past Fo rward Austr alia

Great B ri tai n United Kingdom

Co o l Coveri n gs The Co meback Ki d Kota Kinabalu, Mal aysia

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The Comeback Kid Kota Kinabalu’s resilience visited.

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Eye In The Sky Drone photography celebrates Earth.

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WELCOME ONBOARD DEPUTY CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

RB’s Customer Care Executives at Brunei International Airport.

Dear Guests, Welcome aboard Royal Brunei Airlines (RB). It is my great honour to begin this issue by extending our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang DiPertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and the people of Brunei, on the occasion of the recent National Day on 23 February, 2016. In this issue, we proudly focus our attention on our Customer Care Executive (CCE) team at Brunei International Airport, who exemplify service excellence to our passengers. This team was established in 2013 as part of our continuing efforts to create a more personalised service ensuring a hassle-free and faultless experience for our passengers. Dressed in traditional yet chic heritage-inspired uniforms, our CCE team members are always on hand to smoothen your passage. On the commercial side of our business, RB has recently signed an important new codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines which will facilitate seamless connections for our

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passengers from Bandar Seri Begawan to Istanbul via Dubai and vice versa. The codeshare is also important in creating visibility for Brunei as a new and exciting destination on the worldwide network of Turkish Airlines. Overall, these are exciting times at RB as we continue preparations for the entry into service of the new generation and eco-friendly A320NEO on the island of BorNEO in late 2017! In the meantime, a sincere word of thanks for choosing to fly with RB and we look forward to earning your continued loyalty into the future.

With warm good wishes, Dermot Mannion Deputy Chairman

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INSIDE RB Roundup of Royal Brunei Airlines happenings.

ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES AND TURKISH AIRLINES SIGN CODE SHARE AGREEMENT Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has signed a code share agreement with Turkish Airlines (TK) which allows for passengers to connect from Bandar Seri Begawan to Istanbul via Dubai (and vice versa). The agreement was signed in Antalya, Turkey by Mr Karam Chand, RB Chief Commercial and Planning Officer and Dr. Ahmet Bolat, TK Chief Investment & Technology Officer. Under the codeshare agreement, Turkish Airlines will add its ‘TK’ code to RB operated flights from Bandar Seri Begawan to Dubai and vice versa. On a reciprocal basis, Royal Brunei Airlines will add its ‘BI’ code to TK flights from Istanbul to Dubai and vice versa. The date for commencement of the codeshare is 22 February, 2016.

RB’S FIRST FEMALE TRIO AT THE FLIGHT DECK RB is proud to acknowledge its first flight with three female pilots on the flight deck on 23 February, 2016. Captain Sharifah Czarena was accompanied by Senior First Officer Sariana and Senior First Officer Dk Nadiah as they flew from Bandar Seri Begawan to Jeddah on flight BI081.

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DPMM FC SIGNING On 29 January, 2016, RB officially became one of the sponsors for the Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Football Club (DPMM FC) for 2016. The signing ceremony was witnessed by YTAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Hj Abdul Rahim, DPMM FC’s vice chairman, with Mr Dermot Mannion, RB’s Deputy Chairman for RB’s behalf.


RB GAMES 2016 RB launched our annual RB Games on 5 February, 2016. This marked the start of various sporting activities including football, futsal, golf, netball, badminton and many more throughout the year where RB staff, divided into 4 sport houses – Wira, Aman, Ria and Megah – will compete for the champion’s trophy. This year’s RB Games was launched with a friendly football match between last year’s RB Games Champion, Team Megah against the RB Veterans.

SALES AND MARKETING FORUM 2016 RB’s annual Sales and Marketing Forum was held at The Empire Hotel and Country Club from 26 to 28 January, 2016. The forum was a platform for RB’s Commercial department and RB’s Senior Management to discuss commercial projects throughout the year with outstation managers.

BRUNEI NATIONAL DAY One hundred RB staff participated in the annual march pass for Brunei’s 32nd National Day celebrated on 23 February, 2016 at Padang Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien recently. RB also attended a small gathering to mark the National Day on 24 February, 2016 in London organised by the Brunei High Commission.

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03 Kylie Kwong is among Australia’s chefs who champion native ingredients in her menu.

03 Australian restaurants are valuing the taste, texture and versatility of native ingredients and integrating them into contemporary restaurant menus with great effect. From Rene Redzepi through to Kylie Kwong, celebrated chefs worldwide are championing and showcasing their use to the world. Recently, one of the world’s best restaurants Noma relocated to Sydney for 10 weeks in January 2016. Head Chef Rene Redzepi has long championed the use of native ingredients to create awe-inspiring dishes in his home country of Denmark. In Sydney, this famous food forager combed the Australian continent for obscure native ingredients, such as Magpie Goose and green ants, proving that they are no longer reserved only for the adventurous eater. Josh Whiteland of Koomal Dreaming has previously partnered with Redzepi to forage for bush foods as part of Margaret River Gourmet Escape. This year Whiteland will once again return to the festival to host two events: Didgeridoo Cave Experience and Kambarang–South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience with renowned Aboriginal Chef, Mark Olive.

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For those who are unable to attend the festival, Whiteland also has an Aboriginal Food, Culture, Cave and Didge Tour where guests can learn to forage for native ingredients and find out their traditional uses. While in Far North Queensland, as part of Walkabout Cultural Adventures and Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Juan, Linc and Brandon Walker guide you through mangroves, mudflats and sandy beaches to find shoreline plants used for food and medicine. The tour also includes the opportunity to hunt for crabs, mussels and other seafood. Elsewhere, restaurants showcasing native ingredients include Billy Kwong and Orana, run by prominent Australian restaurateurs Kylie Kwong and Jock Zonfrillo respectively. The two chefs showcase and promote the use of lemon myrtle, salt bush, riberry, finger lime, native basil and many of Australia’s own herbs and plants. They then combine these ingredients with native meats like kangaroo, wallaby, emu and crocodile. Redzepi had singled out Billy Kwong and commended Kwong’s clever use of warrigal greens in her dumplings, masterfully combining her immigrant heritage with native Australian ingredients. At Orana, stand-out dishes include the charred Kangaroo Tartare with Billy Goat Plum, Grass and Wild Garlic.

04 Koomal Dreaming offers an insight into how bush foods were used for various remedies. 05 Indigenous ingredients can taste good when highlighted correctly.

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06 Orana South Australia has successfully highlight native ingredients to offer a point of difference.

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07 Localism in food is increasingly becoming a global trend.

07 The trend has also put the spotlight in many Indigenous chefs. Since the beginning of their careers, Mark Olive and Clayton Donovan have championed native ingredients from masterclasses to catering for world-class events. This has allowed Olive and Donovan to showcase a range of dishes that include combinations of Asian, French and Italian-inspired dishes including Donovan’s Kangaroo Sung Choi Bao through to Olive’s Rolled Veal with Warrigal Greens Pesto. The popularity of native ingredients has had a positive effect on the Indigenous community who has known about their benefits for over 50,000 years. One such example is Charcoal Lane, a social enterprise restaurant in Melbourne that provides guidance and opportunities to young people, many of whom are Indigenous. The contemporary menu is seasonally driven and draws on the best of native Australian food. There has never been a better time than now to seek out Australian restaurants that weave these native delights into traditional and contemporary dishes. When it comes to local Aussie food, yesteryear’s ingredients are trending once again. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily with connecting flights to other Australian cities.

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GREAT Britain There is always something to inspire you when you visit Britain, whether this weekend or in future. Words EMMA RAMSAY

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01 The Isle of Skye is known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque ďŹ shing villages and medieval castles.

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02 Windsor Castle’s iconic Long Walk with its double avenue of elm trees. 03 Warwick Castle provides young fans the chance to learn knightly skills on its grounds. 04 Eilean Donan castle is one of the most recognised images of Scotland.

Unique, traditional, cutting edge, refreshing, imaginative, surprising. Whatever you’re looking for there are so many things to do in the UK and across many of its cities. Here are some of the best UK tourist attractions, from cultural sightseeing highlights to expert recommendations.

BRITISH CASTLES Dramatically situated and packed with history, the castles of the UK are often the castaway dream of every child (or the child in you). Scattered throughout the land, there are castles to meet all your expectations. In the capital, there’s the Tower of London housing the Crown Jewels. Northumberland is a castle-buffs heaven, with over a dozen imposing fortresses paying testimony to the centuries of border tension with Scottish neighbours. Eilean Donan Castle was made famous thanks to James Bond’s The World Is Not Enough. But don’t just stop at visiting one. There are also opportunities to volunteer at a castle, sleep in one and pick up a skill or two (including jostling and crossbow shooting). Consider The National Trust and National Trust for Scotland for working holidays on a variety of castle properties. Gloucestershire’s Thornbury Castle and Warwickshire’s Studley Castle are some of the castles that allow you to sleep like a King. Meanwhile, Warwick Castle and Leeds’ Royal Armouries let kids experience the clash of swords, rumble of jousting knights and shrill cry of falcons – just like the old days.

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05 SHAKESPEARE’S ENGLAND Where else but in Britain can you get up close and personal with the Bard? Britain’s Shakespeare attractions are absolute gems. You’ll find theatres devoted to his works, exhibitions and beautiful historic buildings – even the original houses he and his loved ones lived in.

05 Mary Arden’s Farm is the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. 06 Watch and experience a real Tudor farm at Mary Arden’s.

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Stratford-upon-Avon is not only Shakespeare’s birthplace, but the area surrounding it is filled with history relating to the Bard. In central Stratford, Shakespeare’s half-timbered Tudor house remains an attraction. Furnished as it would have been in Shakespeare’s time, visitors are easily transported into England’s past. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is a short walk away from the centre. Hathaway was Shakespeare’s wife and lived in an idyllic cottage that remains a spectacular example of a Tudor farmhouse, and still contains furniture that belonged to the Hathaways themselves. Another, Mary Arden’s Farm, where Shakespeare’s mother grew up, is in the rural surrounds of Stratford-upon-Avon. The stunning timbered Tudor farmhouse is recreated as it would’ve been in Mary Arden’s day. This is a great one for families as there’s a lot to see and do, from falconry displays to demonstrations at the blacksmith’s forge, and even Tudor archery lessons. Visit also the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the primary theatrical body responsible for producing Shakespeare performances. Visitors can tour the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres by day or by night on the RSC’s spooky after-dark tour. In London, don’t miss out the chance to visit Shakespeare’s Globe. This faithful restoration of Shakespeare’s 16th-century playhouse performs plays as how they would’ve first been seen! You can get tickets for a little as £5 for a standing place as a ‘groundling’.


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FOOD AND DRINK Apart from its tradition, the country is fiercely proud of its produce. As an island, Britain has some of the best and freshest seafood in the world. It was the Romans who first celebrated the tasty oysters of Whitstable, now home of the world-famous Whitstable Oyster Festival. Pembrokeshire Fish Week in Wales is also a fishy feast with an entire week devoted to the crab, bass and mackerel found off the coast of this gorgeous National Park. For serious foodies, the Ludlow Food Festival is a must. It hosts 130 independent food and drink producers and events include cookery competitions, tutorials and contests judging the best sausages, pies and sandwiches. Equally well known is the Abergavenny Food Festival that takes place in September. Check out the best local produce, join cookery workshops and indulge in samples and tastings from across Wales. Cheese is also something of a national obsession. The country produces over 700 types of cheeses and nowhere is this more evident than at the Nantwich International Cheese Show.

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07 As an island, Britain has some of the best and freshest seafood in the world. 08 Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. 09 Kedleston Hall is a masterpiece of mid18th-century English architecture.

What is Britain without speaking about the Royals? From Queen Elizabeth’s big 90th birthday celebration this year to what the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing next, the Brits – and the world – are fascinated with the English Royals. The good news is, they are not as secretive as you might think. There are plenty of landmarks and Royal attractions to keep your curiosity fed. For example, one of Britain’s most recognisable landmarks, Buckingham Palace, is both the office and official residence of the Queen. Every August and September the Queen opens her home to visitors, giving you the chance to tour the lavish State Rooms and Garden, and see some great treasures from the Royal Collection along the way. Kensington Palace has been home to many members of the Royal Family, including Queen Victoria; Diana, Princess of Wales; and now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Pay the Palace a visit and discover stories from Queen Victoria’s life told in her own words in the Victoria Revealed exhibition, master the games of royal court in the magnificent King’s State Apartments, get a glimpse of a modern Princess in a special exhibition of some of Diana’s dresses and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the beautiful Queen’s State Apartments. Windsor Castle is the Queen’s favourite residence and also the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Don’t miss the magnificent State Apartments, the Drawings Gallery with its changing exhibitions, and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – the most famous dolls’ house in the world. Up in Scotland, Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire has been a private Scottish home of the British Royal Family ever since Queen Victoria purchased it in 1848. The Queen and her family usually spend their summer on the estate, which opens its grounds, gardens and Castle Ballroom to the public from April to July each year. Royal Brunei Airlines flies London daily via Dubai.

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Fashion for the faithful. Clothes for the conservative. However way you see it, there is no denying that modest fashion has entered the mainstream. Where bare skin and barelythere-outfits once ruled the runways, today high necklines and long hemlines are hogging the headlines.

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Early this year, Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana unveiled a capsule collection targeted at the lucrative Gulf market. It included hijabs and abayas; the latter’s loose silhouette a far cry from the usual figure-hugging and skinbaring styles that often grace Hollywood’s red carpet. UNIQLO, the Japanese clothing company, once again collaborated with UK-born Muslim blogger Hana Tajima after last year’s successful modest wear campaign. Its S/S 2016 collection features kebayas, long dresses and moisture-wicking inner hijabs. Other brands, such as H&M (who featured hijab-wearing Maria Hidrissi in its ad campaign video), DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger have all jumped on the modest wear bandwagon, signalling the beginning of a serious shift towards coveredup chic. In the high end of the designer pool, pieces from the Olsen twins’ luxe brand, The Row, and the current layering trends of long over long – cue Yohji Yamamoto – show that modesty is in vogue.


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What is fuelling the demand for modest fashion wear is perhaps the market and influence of largely young, confident Muslims globally. Ogilvy Noor, an Islamic marketing agency, estimated there are nearly 800 million Muslims younger than 25. Briefly, that’s a lot of spending power. Meanwhile, the Muslim fashion industry is estimated to be worth US$230bn according to the 2015-2016 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report. By 2019, that industry is projected to grow to US$327bn. While the numbers do not indicate actual Islamic fashion spending, there are suggestions that modest fashion wear is the key driver to the market. Yet, the market for modest fashion has gone largely untapped.

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Anas Sillwood, founder of the e-commerce site Shukr, says, “Prior to 2015 the main players in the industry were mainly just small, local businesses. 2015 was the year that saw modest fashion go more mainstream and there has been a lot of press about it, and mainstream companies have started to produce for this market.” While brands like the aforementioned DKNY, Mango and Zara offered their collection exclusively for the Middle Eastern market and only in Ramadhan, Sillwood, who describes most of Shukr’s styles as “contemporary casuals that allow Muslims living in the West to comfortably fit into society without seeming like cultural misfits”, offers clothing choices all year round. Elegant gowns in delicate embroideries, tasteful abayas in eco-friendly Tencel and linen, and various tops and dresses made from forward-thinking blends such as cotton and bamboo all appeal to those seeking to balance faith and fashion.

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Zeti Abu Talib operates a modest fashion online business in Malaysia through her brand, Radyaa. She says, “Previously, the market targeted Muslims aged 45 and above. There was limited choice for the younger generation who, while they are aware of the need to dress according to their faith, also wanted a more modern and stylish look.” But to pigeonhole modest fashion as exclusively Muslimspecific would be an injustice to the industry. Modest fashion is inclusive, appeals to more than just Muslims and reaches beyond the faithful core. The sensibility and practicality of the clothes cuts across categories and defies classification, regardless of whether a person is dressing for faith or genuinely prefers conservative and modest dress. Perhaps not surprisingly, Sillwood says that 10 percent of Shukr sales actually come from orthodox Christians and Jews.

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“The trend of wearing less and less and having a Kardashian be a role model for my daughter is not an ideal scenario for me,” says Nazatul Abdullah, a longtime admirer of Shukr fashion. “Modest fashion empowers young women to feel good and be true to themselves. They can forge their own identity and be the best they can be without worrying about being sexualised and without trading on sex appeal. You know that you got somewhere because of your own merits and not your physical attributes.” And, in a world where fashion can be both cold and cruel, modest wear provides a return to authenticity and fulfillment.


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Kid With its ďŹ&#x201A;air for the great outdoors and brimming with natural charms, Kota Kinabalu remains an alluring escape. Words ANIS RAMLI Images TOURISM MALAYSIA

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There is no sidestepping the issue of Sabah’s past misfortunes. A devastating earthquake and repeated kidnappings have impacted the state’s tourism, not to mention the emotional wellbeing of the locals on all levels. Hoteliers lament how occupancy rates could be better; local guides appeal for people to just come to Sabah to see how everything else remains the same. As one local wildlife expert, Eric Thien says, “How can we advertise to the world that Sabah is safe?” It only takes for one to arrive into Kota Kinabalu to see that Sabah needs people to do away with their bad geographical knowledge. The east coast towns of Sabah, considered hot spots of the abductions, are between 300 to 500 kms away. Ranau, the village hardest hit by the earthquake, has slowly come together while its surrounding areas are left untouched.

01 Mount Kinabalu remains an iconic Sabah landmark. 02 The new trail to Mount Kinabalu’s summit is now a few hundred metres longer.

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03 Gaya Island Resort typifies the best of Sabah’s natural wonders. 04 Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park is a haven for divers and snorkellers.

04 At Gaya Island Resort, the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu remains visible on a clear day. The only tell tale sign of the year’s past trauma is the rugged brown patchworks temporarily chiselled onto the face of the mountain – scarring left from the innumerable landslides. A honeymooning couple on the resort said they had been fearful initially about their plans to holiday in Sabah, but pushed ahead with their plans especially since the Mount Kinabalu trail reopened. “It’s been nothing but an adventure,” says Mr Jennet. “Our climb was bittersweet, knowing how much devastation had occurred. But the guides and the people – they are the key to why we’re here. Just their resilience and seeing them go about their lives like usual, it made us realise we made the right decision to come and support them.” Mesilau Trail, once a popular starting point, is closed indefinitely due to inaccessible paths. Not far from it is HB Residence, a seductive songbird that was left cut off from aid and rescuers after boulders from the mountain destroyed the bridge connecting the area with the town. Says Mr Jennet, “The hotel itself was unscathed, and everywhere we went – talking to the staff, the villagers, the farmers at the highland vegetable farms – everyone had a story to share with one commonality: they wish to see the area prosper with visitors once more.”

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05 There’s plenty to love about Desa Dairy Farm. 06 Make time to observe Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys.

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The Jennets also visited Desa Dairy Farm, a sprawling 199-hectacre dairy farm that evokes the image of the Swiss Alps in summer. It remains an understated destination favoured by local travellers and home to about 500 Fresian cattle. The farm produces delicious handcrafted cow’s milk cheese, gelato, yoghurt and of course, milk. Here, the view of the scarred mountain is even more visible. Yet, the crisp mountainous air that swirls the area appears to have an uplifting effect – for those who witnessed the disaster and the guests that come to orientate themselves with Kundasang. As one visitor exclaimed, “There’s nothing you can’t right with a bit of gelato!”

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“Normalcy” is what visitors can see all around when they travel from Kota Kinabalu to the foothills of Sabah’s famed mountain. The journey takes about two hours – more if you make several pitstops along the way for the roadside vendors who seem unbothered by the fact that its next door neighbour sells the same produce and wares. At one road stop, it’s not rare to find five stalls selling the

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same breed of mountain rice, packaged in similar fashion – and priced the same! The road is wildly winding, snaking through valleys and mountains with various homestay options peppered along the route. The last pitstop before hikers climb Mount Kinabalu is also thriving once more. Freshly plucked bananas and pineapples harvested from the home garden are found here. There are also wild honey, exotic fruits and other indigenous herbs and plants that are grown in graceful terraces in these parts of the country. Back in town, many of the local produce find their way to the local markets. Easily accessible from the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, this sleek hotel in the city centre also showcases Sabah’s diverse culinary across all its food outlets. Breakfasts see exotic smoothies churned out from dragonfruits, papayas and pineapples. In its Avantang Spa, more Borneon gems wind their way into the treatments, such as local ginger and volcanic mud from Pulau Tiga – the island outpost chosen for an episode of Survivor. Across the hotel on Gaya Island, the Jennets are taking their last sunset view before flying back to California – the waters, the rainforest and the mountain. Of their slice of Borneo experience, they said, “There is no doubt about it. Sabah deserves visitors”. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kota Kinabalu 12x weekly.

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07 Kota Kinabalu is easy to navigate on foot. 08 The rapids at Padas River will thrill adventure seekers.

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In The Sky

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Stunning drone images from above capture Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing vistas that are all too awe-inspiring.

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Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France A supertide turns Mont Saint-Michel into an island. Royal Brunei Airlines ďŹ&#x201A;ies London daily via Dubai for connections to Paris.

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Glorieta Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Every day, a Mexican cliff diver risks his life for some pesos and the cheer of the crowd. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Hong Kong daily for connections to Mexico City.

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Xiwei Reservoir, Zoucheng, Shandong, China An aerial view of the symmetrical harvest fields of Xiwei Reservoir.

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Royal Brunei Airlines flies Shanghai 3x weekly for connections to Shandong.

Al-Marmoun Camel Racetrack, Dubai, United Arab Emirates An old Emirati tradition still exists deep in the desert sands of Dubai. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Dubai daily.

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Lost Island, Tahaa, French Polynesia This tropical island, with its lagoons tinted in mint and blue, is so blissful that capturing the rainbow seems the perfect ending to this shot. Royal Brunei Airlines ďŹ&#x201A;ies Melbourne daily for connections to Tahaa.

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Amalfi Bay, Italy The mountainous coastline south of Naples has never looked more stunning. Royal Brunei Airlines flies London daily via Dubai for connections to Naples.

Lake Turgoyak, Miass, Russian Federation The hole drilled in frozen lake by fisherman looks like a human eye from above.

Maksim Tarasov

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Wedding in Ghana As drone photography becomes a hot wedding trend, this beautiful pose at a wedding in Little Acre, Aburi, shows us why. Royal Brunei Airlines ďŹ&#x201A;ies Dubai daily for connections to Accra. For more stunning images, visit Dronestagram at dronestagr.am.

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THE CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS THAT SURROUND THE DISPLAY OF BRUNEI’S FLAGS BY THE FLAG-BEARERS DEMONSTRATE LOYALTY AND COMMITMENT TO UPHOLDING THE FOUNDATION AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE NATION. THE COUNTRY IS AWASH WITH PATRIOTIC FERVOUR WITH THE NATIONAL COLOURS FLOWN AT ALL GOVERNMENT, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS DURING THE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS. 46

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ONE NATION GENERATION WITH A VISION Spectacular scenes of parades, fanfare and, dazzling displays of heritage and culture when Brunei Darussalam celebrates its National Day. Images THE BRUNEI TIMES

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SPECTATORS AND PARTICIPANTS AT EVERY NATIONAL DAY EVENT GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH HIS MAJESTY.

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THE READING OF THE NATIONAL DAY OATH ON BEHALF OF THE NATION IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS MAJESTY SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH MU’IZZADDIN WADDAULAH, SULTAN AND YANG DI-PERTUAN OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, IS AN HONOUR AND PRIVILEGE FOR ANY BRUNEI CITIZEN. THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT CANDIDATE IS A STRENUOUS ONE INVOLVING THE SCREENING OF SEVERAL HOPEFULS.

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GENERASI BERWAWASAN

BERSATU MAJU Perhimpunan agung dengan perarakan dan acara perbarisan penuh tradisi, warisan dan budaya menjadi tumpuan pada Sambutan Ulang Tahun Hari Kebangsaan Negara Brunei Darussalam. Imej BRUNEI TIMES

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TEMA HARI KEBANGSAAN YANG KE-32, ‘GENERASI BERWAWASAN’ , YANG MANA GENERASI BERMAKSUD PEWARIS BANGSA SELAKU PENERAJU KEPADA KEMAJUAN NEGARA KE ARAH MENCAPAI WAWASAN NEGARA 2035, MANAKALA ‘WAWASAN’ PULA DITAKRIFKAN SEBAGAI SUATU MATLAMAT DALAM MENCAPAI HASRAT NEGARA. MARCH | APRIL 2016

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ANGGOTA ANGKATAN BERSENJATA DIRAJA BRUNEI TERDIRI DARIPADA TENTERA LAUT DIRAJA BRUNEI SEMASA SESSI MENAIKKAN BENDERA BESAR NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM. PENGLIBATAN PARA HADIRIN UNTUK MENJAYAKAN UPACARA BERKENAAN MEMAINKAN PERANAN YANG SIGNIFIKAN SERTA MENCERMINKAN TANDA RAKYAT YANG TAAT SETIA KEPADA RAJA DAN MEMPUNYAI SEMANGAT PATRIOTISME YANG TINGGI TERHADAP NEGARA YANG DICINTAI.

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GENERASI BERWAWASAN DIDEFINISIKAN SEBAGAI GOLONGAN MUDA SERTA BELIA MASA KINI YANG AKAN MENERAJUI NEGARA PADA MASA AKAN DATANG, SELAIN MELAHIRKAN PEMIMPIN YANG BERWIBAWA DAN CEMERLANG.

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UNMATCHED

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Elegant new styling on the exterior, a wealth of luxury features in the interior – the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4L has arrived. The 2016 Outlander 2.4L is the first Mitsubishi production vehicle to showcase the brand’s new design language. The new Outlander 2.4L is not just a cosmetic “refreshing” change however, but features an unprecedented number of important engineering and design improvements to enhance overall driving experience. “With an eye-catching new design aesthetic inside and out, the Outlander 2.4L literally looks, drives and feels like an entirely new vehicle, making it an even more compelling value than before,” said MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen, during its debut at the New York Motorshow in 2015. The Outlander 2.4L is equipped standard with an intelligent 4-wheel drive system and premium silent package to provide ride cabin quietness. This is achieved through clever use of crevasses and sound damping materials at strategic locations. A new front design concept, the “Dynamic Shield” – inherited from the bumper side protection seen on generations of the Pajero, provides unique protection for both the people and car. Numerous other design and engineering improvements (there are 98 improvements to be exact) have been made to the chassis of the 2016 Outlander 2.4L, including increased body and suspension structural rigidity, redesigned suspension and Electric Power Steering, noise-isolating windshield and rear door glass, more sound insulation throughout the vehicle, new dynamic front suspension and rear differential dampers, improved weather stripping and engine compartment trim. Additionally, the new generation continuously-variable transmission offers improved acceleration, performance, shift feel and torque delivery.

The exterior design features of the 2016 Outlander 2.4L include a redesigned front fascia, front fenders, halogen headlights, LED position lights, lower door sections, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear fascia and LED taillights; and power-folding side mirrors and LED Daytime Running Lights. The reconfigured interior includes a redesigned steering wheel, seating surfaces, accent trim, rear folding seat, headliner, display audio system (all models) and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Mitsubishi’s advanced safety systems including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) are now available. What is more interesting is the integration of the Brake Over Ride System (BORS); it is a clever active safety system that in times of panic, when the driver accidentally depressed both accelerator and brake pedals, the accelerator will be cancelled and the brake system will take over. Every 2016 Outlander 2.4L also includes seven (7) Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bag: front air bags with passenger weight and driver’s seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors; Brake Override System (BORS); 4-wheel ABS, remote antitheft alarm system; engine immobiliser and ISOFIX Child seat anchors. For more information, call GHK Motors at 2423423/0882 (BSB) or 3335740/6372 (KB). Facebook.com/Mitsubishi.ghk.

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Author and zoologist Nicola Davies is in Brunei to inspire every child through her books and stories.

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Tell us briefly how you made that transition from zoologist to children’s author. I was doing a PhD at Bristol University studying bat feeding ecology when I realised that I didn’t want to be an academic … I wanted to spread the message about preserving nature to a wider audience. So I joined the BBC natural history unit, based a few 100 metres up the road from the Zoology department. I became a researcher and a presenter and began to write scripts. I learned so much about writing through writing for TV programmes. What are the challenges of relating the science of zoology to a younger audience when you write books on nature? To explain something in a very simple way, you have to REALLY understand it. So often I’ve started to explain something and then realised it wasn’t straight in my own head. Second, you have to accept that you may not be able to explain everything to a very young child, that your job is to get them interested, to leave them wanting to find out more for themselves. Of course all children in my experience seem to have an innate desire to learn about nature, so I have the easiest subject in the world to write about – and the BEST. How do you approach your writing – subject matter or inspiration to write first? The two are inseparable. Even when I’m writing fiction the inspiration for the story will come from something, however small, in the real world. Nature is not just a list of facts – it has a deep meaning for human beings, woven into our hearts and minds. So with any natural history subject there will be an emotional, psychological thread that I can pull out to make a poem, a story – a narrative that keeps my readers engaged. With so many topics on environment and the world to choose from, how do you narrow your theme down for a book? It’s hard. There are always ideas jumping up and down in my head insisting that

about how to communicate. Fourth, with regards to TV and wildlife documentaries, I love these of course but watching a movie or TV is very passive, and research shows that passivity is not a way to develop intellectual capacity and to learn. Reading is in its essence an interactive activity, and also intensely individual and personal. Every child engages with a narrative in an entirely individual way, so they absorb the information the narrative delivers in a personal and enduring fashion. In other words, reading narrative non-fiction makes the facts stick better.

I write about THEM next, like attentionseeking children. But one always just comes to the front naturally. Often I find one subject whilst researching another, and there are many stories I want to tell but haven’t found the time. The Web and TV (Nat Geo, Nat Geo Kids) are great sources for learning about nature and the environment. How do you see your books continue to benefit children today? Often people assume that the internet is a substitute for children’s non-fiction. This is nonsense! First of all the internet is not filed like a library, nor does it have a librarian. There is no way for children to find the best most reliable, most ageappropriate resources. Second, most child-orientated websites are pretty poor (although this may change in time) in terms of content and quality of writing. Third, websites are not narratives, they are lists. Lists are fine but narratives are what give facts meaning and make them assimilable for us all, not just young readers. Narrative non-fiction is an incredibly powerful medium for learning, not only information about the world, but

You will be in Brunei this month. Can you share with us what we can expect from your talks and workshops with Jerudong International? The wonderful thing about working with children is that it’s unpredictable! I don’t plan exactly what I’m going to do because every group of children is different and has something unique that they bring to our interaction. All I can say is that I’ll be sharing stories about the natural world in lots of different ways and encouraging and helping children to find their own voices as writers. Having travelled the world and meeting children from all over, what are the commonalities you have found in them? I’ve never ever met a group of children anywhere who, when I asked the question ‘raise your hand if you like animals?’ didn’t instantly stick their hands in the air. What are some of the lessons you’ve taken away from your young audience? So many things! That the least likely child, the child the teacher warns you never says anything, will be the one who contributes the best line to class poem. That children’s desire to learn and to imagine is like a flame that always burns. That there may be a child in every audience who may grow up to be a zoologist and I have to make sure what I say fans the flame of their curiosity.

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WHAT’S

NEW Trends and gadgets from around the globe.

NUMERO UNO

MOSS COAT A clock that lets you know more than just time is a winner in our books. The Circle Clock designed by Verde Profilo makes you look twice. Is it art or timepiece? Made of natural lichen and wood, this runs on quartz batteries but will never run out of table conversation.

Make a statement of a different kind. Anna Lou of London is known for her personalised jewellery. The ‘Save the Date’ necklace lets you commemorate the date that’s really special to you. A wedding, birth of a child or just a date you want to remember. Simple, elegant and always close to your heart. annalouoflondon.com

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TACTILE WATCH Sure it looks like a normal watch, but The Bradley by Eone is the first timepiece that tells time with just a touch. A magnet that rotates two ball bearings around the watch face allows users to tell the time without needing to look: one on the front for the minute and one on the side for the hour. Choose to pair the brushed titanium body with a choice of a stainless steel mesh or leather & fabric band in yellow, olive green or silver blue. eone-time.com

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CURIOUS ART The National Gallery Singapore’s Gallery & Co. is fast becoming a great place to pick up interesting curious and art souvenirs. This specially-commissioned umbrella is among the many exclusive goods to complete your museum experience or Singapore visit. galleryand.co

SMUG MUG Something distinctly Singaporean and a daily staple for many is the ‘Kopi Da Bao’, which means coffee to-go, that comes in a strung up plastic bag. From Gallery & Co. comes this Kopi Bag Mug designed kopitiam-style. Now that’s genius.

BEST BRISTLES Only the manliest man ingredients go into Saponifist’s Beardsley to help look after your precious bristles. Formulated with nongreasy Jojoba and a blend of hair promoting essential oils, rubbing this in will help promote beard growth and conditioning.

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Souvenirs from Singapore

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UNIQUE COMPANION Soft and flexible when touched, but strong and durable when used, this laptop sleeve will become your elegant everyday partner. Uniquely patterned from Portuguese cork leather, COR Life was developed exclusively for Ono Creations by skilled artisans under fair conditions using solely natural materials. onocreations.com

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IPOH ESCAPES

SEE Walk around the city on foot to marvel at unvarnished old British colonial architecture and heritage. The free Ipoh Heritage Walk (perakheritage.wordpress. com) takes you to the 100-year-old Ipoh train station that locals call the “Taj Mahal” where a specimen of the Ipoh tree, for which the city got its namesake, remains in the garden; past crafts and artisinal workshops and quaint backlanes.

DO The Han Chin Pet Soo Museum was formerly an exclusive miners’ clubhouse. Today, this faithfully-retained and preserved-in-its-original façade is a wellcurated museum that captures the life of Hakka miners of before with thoughtfullydone dioramas. Entrance is free, though donations are welcome. Best to register your visit at ipohworld.org/reservation.

Once a sleepy miner’s town, Perak’s capital is all gentrified and revived, proving that what’s old can be new again.

SHOP Ipoh (and Perak generally) is a foodie haven. Best things to take home are homegrown pomelos, egg tarts and kaya puffs. For non-food finds and curious, explore Pasar Karat on Memory Lane for antiques, trinkets and old Asian gems you’ll not find anywhere.

STAY Ibis Styles Ipoh Hotel is a slick, city pad. Modern interiors and fuss-free ambiance provide a relaxing stay. Ibis wins with its children’s playroom if you have tots in tow. And just 10 minutes from town, it’s easy access to all that’s in Ipoh. Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kuala Lumpur 2x daily for connections to Ipoh.

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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?

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ULTRAMAN LIVE IN BRUNEI 2016 Kids and fans rejoice! Ultraman Live will be protecting Earth right in front of your eyes at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. Go and cheer on your favourite Ultraman as they battle monsters on stage!

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BRUNEI DARUSSALAM UNITED KINGDOM

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Until recently, the Crime Museum has only been open to police professionals and invited guests since its establishment in the mid-1870s. Never-before-seen objects are now on display to visitors at the Museum of London, with original evidence from some of UK’s most notorious crimes. From Dr. Crippen to the Krays as well as the Great Train Robbery to the Millenium Dome diamond heist, this museum is all about intrigue.

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ANDY WARHOL – AI WEI WEI

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www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Museum of London

Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei, two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries respectively, have their works exhibited at Melbourne’s NGV International. With more than 300 works, the exhibition focuses on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices.


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8TH PUTRAJAYA INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA 2016 Twenty pilots from more than 10 countries will converge in Putrajaya to wow attendees with colourful hot air balloons. The Night Glow event will be the highlight, with all the balloons glowing against the night sky along with the beat of the music and fireworks displays in the background. myballoonfiesta.com

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HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS Fans of New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams will be happy to note that the Kiwi is set to light up the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens with his New Zealand team along with the flamboyant Fijians, to name a few. Get ready to witness spectacular rugby action over this weekend event.

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L’ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & ARPELS This nomadic school offers the public courses on jewellery and watchmaking. A total of 10 courses will be offered at The Cube at PMQ in Soho. Each course is 3-4 hours long, limited to 12 participants so students can discuss one-on-one with the experts and get right up close to the trade. hk.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en

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Art Dubai will be presenting a diverse lineup of 90 galleries from across the UAE and the world showcasing Contemporary, Modern and Marker programmes at the Madinat Jumeirah. As part of the event, visitors can also look forward to the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum that will revolve around the theme “The Future Was”.

GALLERIA CONTINUA, San

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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.

SkyShow Inflight Entertainment 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 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.

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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 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.


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 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 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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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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9pm Mondays to Saturdays, and 8am to 5pm on Sundays; except for Friday midday break from 12noon to 2pm.

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


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)

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 MANILA (MNL)

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

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

MALAYSIA

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

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

SAUDI ARABIA JEDDAH (JED)

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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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