THE LAND BENEATH THE WIND
Located at the northeast corner of Borneo, Sabah is known as the Land Beneath the Wind because of its location below the typhoon belt. Sabah is well known for its cultural richness, history, racial harmony, and warm hospitality. The state is home to iconic attractions, such as UNESCO World Heritage Site, South East Asia's highest peak – the majestic Mount Kinabalu, and the pristine Sipadan Island. World conservation experts and wildlife enthusiasts throng to Sabah to gain knowledge and first hand experience from the Danum Valley rainforest, the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life and the state`s marine parks.
THE PEARL OF SABAH
Formerly known as Jesseltown, Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah. This vibrant city is the largest urban center in Sabah. The tallest peak in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu, overlooks this fast-growing city. Kota Kinabalu is not just a major economic hub in Sabah, it is also a vibrant cultural center with its melting pot of many cultures and races. Tourists and locals alike enjoy modern amenities and top-notch medical facilities. Many of Sabah's most popular tourist attractions can be easily reached from Kota Kinabalu.
The climate is generally hot and sunny all year round with scattered and unpredictable rainfalls. The average temperature in Kota Kinabalu is 32ºC but in the highlands, the average temperature can be as low as 21ºC.
The local currency is Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Tourists can change travelers' cheque and foreign currencies at banks and hotels. Money changer kiosks are also found in major shopping complexes and the airport.
Major Credit and Charge Cards
Major credit and charge cards such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club are accepted in almost all departmental stores, supermarkets, petrol stations and restaurants.
Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+8)
Monday through Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm
Usual Office Hours
Monday to Friday from 8am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm; Saturday from 8am – 1pm
Shopping centers, supermarkets, restaurants and mini markets are generally open daily from 10am to 10pm
Electricity & Water Facilities
Electricity is on the 240 Volts AC/ 50-Cycle system; treated pipe water is available in most urban and sub-urban areas.
Bahasa Malaysia, Malaysia's national language, and English are widely spoken; other languages spoken include Chinese, Indian, and indigenous dialects.
Mobile telecommunications cover many parts of Sabah with the exception of some remote areas. Public phones are available in most places. Recent government initiatives had introduced broadband Web services in major cities such as Kota Kinabalu.
Government hospitals, clinics, and medical dispensaries are available in all towns. Private hospitals and clinics are also available.
Want to learn more about Sabah?
We invite you to visit the Sabah Tourism Official Website
If you are looking for information on investment opportunities in Sabah, please visit our Investors' Corner.