Brunei

Friday Prayers? You Need A Reservation In Brunei

Want to offer Friday prayers at a mosque in Brunei? Make a reservation on the health app on Monday! Bruneians are adapting to a 'new normal' during the holy month of Ramadan in these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like other countries around the region, Brunei has closed its mosques.

19 May 2020
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Brunei’s Response To COVID-19

At a time when first world countries like the United States (US) and European nations are struggling to cope with an unprecedented and escalating crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Brunei has emerged as a shining example of the preparedness, concern and care for not only its citizens but all who are present in the country, including foreign nationals and tourists. The first COVID-19 case was detected on 9 March, 2020, when a 53-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus

18 April 2020
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Brunei’s Youth Facing Unemployment

To the outside world, Brunei, the tiny Southeast Asian monarchy, looks like a Shangri La. The country, with a population of less than half a million, has one of the highest gross domestic product (GDP) levels per capita in the world.

4 April 2020
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Islamic finance in Southeast Asia

The global Islamic finance market is growing moderately, because of the strong investments in the Halal sector, infrastructure, and Sukuk bonds. In 2018, Brunei hosted the Brunei Islamic Capital Market (BICAM) Conference, at the Rizqun International Hotel where more than a dozen international experts in Islamic finance met, deliberated and raised awareness on growing Islamic capital markets.

27 February 2020
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Islamic tourism: A niche market for Brunei

When speaking about the drop in his country’s tourism sector, an unnamed government official suggested that Lao PDR should put more effort into attracting tourists from Muslim countries in the region. He said that by providing prayer rooms in public places along with promoting halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) restaurants, the country would be more welcoming to Muslim visitors.

15 February 2020
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Guide: 7 Handy Tips for the Southeast Asian Backpacker

Avid traveller and frequent flyer Charles David shares his memorable highlights from all his trips around ASEAN, and what every traveller-to-be should know — from a backpacker’s point of view.1. VietnamHighlight: The most memorable event was the Cu Ci Tunnel exploration for me. It awed me because it looked so plain and deserted from the top, but there was a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country.

20 September 2019
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Is Islamic tourism Brunei’s answer?

In 2017, when speaking about the drop in his country’s tourism sector, an unnamed government official suggested that Lao PDR should put more effort into attracting tourists from Muslim countries in the region. He said that by providing prayer rooms in public places along with promoting halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) restaurants, the country would be more welcoming to Muslim visitors.

16 May 2019
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Brunei backtracks on death penalty for sharia

Brunei's sultan said Sunday a moratorium on capital punishment will also extend to sharia laws that include stoning to death for gay sex and adultery, after a furious backlash against the punishments.It was the first time Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah had commented publicly on the new penal code since it fully entered force last month, and his remarks appeared aimed at assuaging worldwide criticism.The laws, which also include amputation of hands and feet for thieves in the tiny sultanate on B

6 May 2019
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Getting rich the Islamic way

In October last year, Brunei hosted the Brunei Islamic Capital Market (BICAM) Conference 2018, at the Rizqun International Hotel where more than a dozen international experts in Islamic finance met, deliberated and raised awareness on growing Islamic capital markets.

20 April 2019
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Zakir Naik: Peaceful preacher?

Zakir Naik is a controversial Muslim preacher that is currently under investigation by the Indian government for alleged acts of hate speech and money laundering. For years, the 53-year old had given talks through his channel, Peace TV.

15 April 2019
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Facts about Sharia law around the world

Brunei today introduces harsh new sharia laws – including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex – despite a storm of global criticism from rights groups. Although most Muslim nations incorporate elements of sharia law in their legal systems, very few carry out the harsher punishments – known as hudud – which even Muslim scholars disagree on.Here are some facts about sharia law and how it is interpreted around the world:What is sharia law?Sharia is a religious law forming part of

3 April 2019
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UN slams 'inhuman' Brunei law 

The United Nations (UN) decried Monday new "cruel and inhuman" laws set to take effect in Brunei this week which impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, and amputations for theft."I appeal to the government to stop the entry into force of this draconian new penal code, which would mark a serious setback for human rights protections for the people of Brunei if implemented," UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.Brunei, an absolute monarchy ruled fo

2 April 2019
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