The Sultanate of Brunei is located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is also known as Dar es Salaam, the richest country in the Islamic world. Its tourism depends on the enchanting nature of mountains, coasts, deserts, rivers, and forests, making it the richest country for all its attractions.
Brunei enjoys a high standard of living as a result of its wealth of energy, support for education, health, and other social services. Yet the Asian Development Bank says that by 2035 oil and gas exports will almost halve.
Who is the sultan of Brunei?
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Mu’izz al-Din WA’dallah, born July 15, 1946, is the twenty-ninth ruler of the Sultanate of Brunei. Sultan Hassan is one of the richest people in the world, as the American magazine “Forbes” published in its publication about the richest kings of the world in 2008, and the value of his wealth is estimated at 20 billion US dollars.
In the following article, we review Brunei’s wealth scenes in various fields, as reported by Reuters and other newspapers.
Six amazing facts about Brunei
The greatest presidential palace ever
The state owns the most luxurious Presidential Palace in the world called “Astana Noor Al-Iman”. The official residence of Hassan al-Balqiyah is located on the banks of the Brunei River in the south of the capital Bandar Sri Bakawan. The palace consists of 1788 rooms, some gold, and diamond-encrusted assets, 257 bathrooms. In addition to gold and silver-encrusted assets, a garage that can accommodate 110 cars, and has 650 paintings. The cheapest painting is not less than 150.000 thousand euros, and it has a lake with ten species of dolphins. The visitor needs 24 hours to inspect each compartment for only 30 seconds.
The legendary wedding party for the daughter of the sultan
Sultan Hassan Bolkiah held a legendary wedding ceremony for his daughter Princess Haftah in 2004. The wedding expenses reached 20 million USD, and they held it at the Sultanate’s Palace, attended by the leaders of various countries.
The biggest and luxurious mosque in the world
Brunei has the most luxurious mosque in East Asia, named Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque or the Golden Mosque. It was built in 1958 on a small lake in the middle of Bandar Suri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei.
It is the first mosque in terms of architectural style in the Asia-Indian Ocean region. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the distinctive landmarks of the Sultanate of Brunei which was built on an artificial lake near the Bank of the Brunei River where it is surrounded by water.
The luxurious aircraft ever
The Sultan has the world’s most luxurious aircraft in gold. The estimated worth is one hundred million dollars. Moreover, the interior redesigned at a cost of more than one hundred and twenty million dollars, with distinctive additions include a bathroom in pure gold, six small planes, and two helicopters. The Sultan also owns two (Boeing 747) planes and owns 531 cars “Mercedes-Benz”, 367 “Ferrari”, 362 “Bentley”, 185 “BMW”, 177 “Jaguar”, 160 Rolls-Royce and 20 Lamborghinis
The wealth of the Brunei sultan
The Sultan of Brunei’s wealth increases by 90 euros per second, and only in 2008, his wealth was 20 billion euros.
Brunei is the only country with floating villages on water. This was the reason for naming it as “rifle of the East “by the first European travelers
It has the largest rock made of pure gold in the world and is open to visitors. But they are not allowed to carry any sharp instruments in order to protect it from any tampering or truncating parts of the rock.
Brunei begins implementing Sharia law despite international criticism!
This is the first application of Sharia law in Brunei?
The country first introduced Sharia law in 2014, despite widespread condemnation, making it a dual legal system of Sharia and civil laws. The Sultan then said that the new penal code would come into full force within several years.
Punishment of stoning against homosexuals and adulterers comes into force
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has announced the suspension of the death penalty for homosexuals as a result of ongoing international pressure on the emirate.
The small Southeast Asian country outraged many when it decided to punish homosexuality, adultery, and rape with death and stoning to death in accordance with Islamic law.
Brunei has enacted laws that it says derive from” Islamic law ” since 2014. It has been phased out ever since.