Located in the Klang Valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital and most populous city. With a thriving economy based predominantly on service industries, Kuala Lumpur is both the commercial centre of its country and is ranked as an alpha world city; a status reflected in its impressive array of futuristic architecture and growing greater metropolitan area. It is not uncommon for locals to refer to Kuala Lumpur simply as ‘KL’.
In recent years increasing numbers of regional and multinational companies have opened headquarters and offices in the city, particularly in the banking and insurance sectors, and Kuala Lumpur is well-known as a global hub of Islamic Financing. As is common in many major Asian cities, there is a growing concentration of technology companies in KL. Several of these are based within the city’s most notable landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers, such as Boeing, IBM, HCL Technologies, Microsoft and Reuters. Other important industries in Kuala Lumpur include trade, transport, communication, real estate, personal and government services, to name a few!
Driven by the city’s fascinating cultural diversity and attractive landscape, tourism also plays a vital role in KL’s economy. As Malaysia’s fashion hub, Kuala Lumpur offers an extensive selection of retail facilities including Suria KLCC – one of the biggest shopping centres in Malaysia
. Alongside luxury and high-street shops, there are several attractions such as an art gallery, a theatre, an aquarium and a Science centre. Although Kuala Lumpur is a major urban destination, an abundance of beautiful parks and forest reserves allows visitors to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Although driving is the preferred method of travel, encouraged by KL’s vast network of highways, public transport is widely accessible. The RapidKL Light Rail Transit, the KTM Komuter and the KL Monorail all provide links with stations around the city, with KL Sentral operating as the main interchange for the three lines. KL Sentral is also situated along the KTM Intercity line which runs between Singapore
and Hat Yai, and the KLIA Ekspres high-speed rail service which provides access to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in fewer than 30 minutes.