16 Facts About Kota Kinabalu


Kota Kinabalu, colloquially referred to as KK, is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia.

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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 International Airport is a main hub for Malaysia Airlines and a secondary hub for AirAsia and MASwings.

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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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The park is a two-hour drive away from the city and Mount Kota Kinabalu, which is the 10th highest peak in South-East Asia and the highest in Malaysia, is located there.

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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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Several countries have set up their consulates in Kota Kinabalu, including Australia, Brunei, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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