alaysia’s largest city, national capital and primary global lure forms the perfect setting for tourists and business executives alike as a consequence of a diversity which can take you down the most naturally eerie of caves one second, and up the most impressive of manmade towers, the next.
Situated within and characterised by the surrounding Klang Valley, when one thinks of Malaysia, it's not disrespectful to assume they mean Kuala Lumpur, and this is forgivable considering the city’s role and responsibility within the nation.
Boasting the largest of everything, the most populous of headcounts and the most renowned of businesses across all industries, KL’s leading role has affirmed its position as an alpha world city, and the cultural, financial and economic centre of a country at the heart of Asian-Pacific development.
For the visiting business traveller, some of these wider connotations and repercussions can be lost of course, but at eye level, the significance and magnitude of the city is every bit as striking.
From the towering Petronas and Menara KL structures to the winding cultural offerings of the city’s Chinatowns and markets – and every world-renowned eatery and bar in-between – Kuala Lumpur really does have it all. And this includes the climate, infrastructure and modernity that are also ready, honed and waiting for the global elite to descend in their droves each year.
Locally translated as ‘muddy confluence’, Kuala Lumpur’s role as one of the world’s ‘alpha cities’ has certainly stuck, as its blend of natural splendour, historic poignancy and contemporary aesthetics make it one of the most appealing global destinations
Writer: Matthew Staff