Young and upwardly mobile, Malaysia's capital is a Southeast Asian powerhouse with big ambitions for the 21st century.
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Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant manifestation of Malaysia's recent growth, its glassy skyscrapers rising up all around, with more on the way. As a city with a stable economy, a lower cost of living than neighbouring Singapore, good business infrastructure and a welcoming twinkle, KL is attracting blue chip investors from both east (and Middle East) and west. And its large and busy airport makes it ideally positioned to be a Southeast Asian hub.
Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant manifestation of Malaysia's recent growth
Investment in transport infrastructure is set to radically change the shape and size of the city and - if they get it right - radically accelerate that growth. Settled by Chinese tin miners in only 1857, Kuala Lumpur has built up, rather than out, the 21st-century-scale mixed-use office blocks backing incongruously on to old Chinatown, Little India and the Malay area of Kampung Baru. Now the Mass Transit System project (MRT) is extending routes into new areas, integrating the central city with its population of 1.7 million into the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley, encouraging new development, and creating one big united force to be reckoned with.