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16 Facts About Kota Kinabalu
The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies to its west and Mount Kota Kinabalu, which gave the city its name, is located to its east.
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In 1967, Jesselton was renamed as Kota Kinabalu, Kota being the Malay word for City and Kinabalu after the nearby Mount Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu is often known as KK both in Malaysia and internationally.
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Kota Kinabalu is one of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia.
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The current mayor of Kota Kinabalu is Noorliza Awang Alip, who became the first female mayor after taking over the post from Nordin Siman on 1 January 2021.
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Besides being the capital city, Kota Kinabalu is the main industrial and commercial centre for Sabah.
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Kota Kinabalu has two ports: Kota Kinabalu Port and Sepanggar Bay Container Port .
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Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to one of the most popular conservation areas in Malaysia, Kinabalu Park.
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Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu provides various sporting and recreational facilities for public use.
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Kota Kinabalu has hosted a number of national sporting events such as the 2002 Sukma Games, international tournaments such as the 1994 Karate World Championships and the 2008 BWF Super Series Masters Finals badminton tournament.
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Kota Kinabalu has been one of the circuits for the F2 Powerboat UIM World Cup Series in December every year since 2007.
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Kota Kinabalu is home to one of Asia's favourite jazz festivals, the KK Jazz Festival.
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