Just 25 minutes from Kuala Lumpur lies Malaysia's first planned city after independence, Shah Alam. Known as the ‘City of Roundabouts’, Shah Alam is also the first city in the world to have no entertainment options, such as cinema houses, to avoid vices. Don't let this deter you, though – there are plenty of reasons a business traveller should consider a hotel in Shah Alam.
Why should I visit Shah Alam on my business trip?
The city's pride and soul is the towering Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque (Blue Mosque), which accommodates up to 24,000 worshippers at a time. The mosque’s gigantic blue and silver dome and minarets define the city's skyline and often appear on postcards. Close by is the landscaped Garden of Islamic Arts, designed after the Quran’s paradise of Jannah. The architecture, calligraphy and sculptures are beautiful and worth a visit after your work day has finished.
Where do I find the big business events?
Business travellers will find Shah Alam an interesting base due to its convenient transport connections. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) is just 30km south of the city, while Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB) in Subang offers domestic flights.
Most of the area’s major business events are held at the SACC (Shah Alam Convention Centre). The Malaysia Gift Expo, one of the city’s biggest events, attracts close to 15,000 visitors.
What can I enjoy in my free time around my Shah Alam hotel?
If you have a day off, step out of your Shah Alam hotel to work out those muscles and cool off at Wet World water park, or take part in skateboarding and extreme sports at Shah Alam Extreme Park. Snowwalk I-City is Malaysia's biggest snow theme park, with sculptures specially created by a team from Harbin in China. Business travellers who fancy world cuisines will be spoilt for choice in Shah Alam; you can choose from cheese dosas, Japanese fare, and ikan bakar grilled fish, among other dishes. The Malaysian local tea,'teh tarik', is a must-try.
Go gift-shopping at the city's numerous malls, plazas, shopping arcades, and commercial areas; SACC Mall and Plaza Masalam are recommended. Additionally, Mmake sure to explore the surrounding region – Klang, Petaling Jaya, and Subang Jaya are all easily accessible from Shah Alam.