Formerly known as
Victoria town, Bandar Labuan today is a bustling business center with
strikingly modern office and shopping complexes rising around picturesque
Downtown are pedestrian areas to relax. Wrought iron seats and ornamental
lamp posts, together with flowering plants and shrubs make a pretty sight.
There are many eating places which specialize in Malay, Chinese or Indian
food, as well as popular fast food outlets.
The busy waterfront area is always a hive of activity. Here are landing
berths, as well as the Customs and Immigration departments. The barter
trade is carried out in this area and glass noodles seem to be a very
popular item with the Filipino barter traders.
The main thoroughfare in downtown Labuan is Jalan Merdeka. At the eastern
end of this main road are the Sheraton Hotel, Waterfront Financial hotels
and the soaring Financial Park complex.
Sharing the downtown Labuan skyline is the Masjid Jamek An'nur, a huge
Muslim mosque of futuristic design with two minarets reaching for the
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