Brunei’s Empire Hotel: An Adventure in Opulence

Mike Snow:

Most nearby Asian nations teem with people who, in the year of the Tiger of this Asian century, might not seem to know where they’re going but are on their way. Because of sultanate’s vast oil wealth, conservative Muslim values and knowledge that they have already arrived, Bruneians move to their own drumbeat.

In reviewing the Empire Hotel (and perhaps Brunei’s service industry as a whole), Snow also talks a little about Brunei’s background and history, as well as pointing out some aspects that could be improved.

I found myself smiling at the positives, nodding somberly at the negatives, and enjoying the overall tone of the article. I especially like the last paragraph where he implies in not so many words that there’s hope for us yet.

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