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Jakarta is a huge city with an estimated population of more than 10 million. Due to this large population, land has become a very scarce resource. This green oasis is a golf course next to Hotel Mulia. The busy road on the LHS is virtually gridlocked much of the day. A new monorail is to be built down the centre of the road to ease some of the traffic.

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia, an archipelago country consisting of about 13,000 islands and 228 million people. Indonesia has a unique diversity of tribes, language, culture, customs and religion. The diversity is mirrored in the capital city of Jakarta. Jakarta whose population has grown approaching 12 million people is one of the cities in Asia, which is much often talked about. Jakarta has extraordinarily developed and would be at the forefront in Asia over the next few decades. Jakarta is unique with its status as the capital city of Indonesia and the center of the city administration. Jakarta is also a center of social, cultural and health activities. Jakarta is the prominent gateway of Indonesia.

The history of Jakarta dates back from around 500 years ago in a small downstream of Ciliwung River. For centuries, the city port develops into a bustling international trade center.

The story of Jakarta at the earlier phase emanates from the diverse ancient inscriptions found in the nearby port. The untold stories of Jakarta up until the earlier arrival of European colonialists were very scarce.

No doubt that Jakarta is the main center of Indonesian economy. Either national or international investors are interested in participating in the Indonesian economy activities. The central government recently has determined a set of policy in order to trigger the growth of the Jakarta economy, to perfect the export and investment rules and to simplify the banking rule. The government fully support the private sectors such as the financial support for social and cultural activities. Therefore the private sectors play an important role in the national government.

Jakarta's reputation is rapidly developed as the "tourism city" as there are many new tourism infrastructures, entertainment centers, and international-class hotels and restaurants. Jakarta also possesses many historical places and cultural heritage. Tourism, one of the service industry,is developed rapidly and owns many opportunities to get developed all the time. Jakarta has a new, elegant Convention Center which can house 3000 people. Jakarta keeps on developing the infrastructures in order to attract the world's attention to hold some international events. In this way, it is obvious that the government is trying to develop Jakarta equal to other big cities in the world.

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