Guide to renting office space in Kuala Lumpur

94 square miles. 1.6 million people. Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia's busiest, most populous city. Ranked 48 th in the world by the global cities index, it's a cultural and financial hub for the fast-growing country.

No wonder it's such a sought-after destination for companies, both in and out of Malaysia.

Over recent decades, the city has become increasingly prominent on the world stage, hosting the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One Grand Prix.

At the middle of it all? The Petronas Twin Towers, now a familiar symbol of wealth, prosperity and booming business. Imagine that outside your office window.

Kuala Lumpur remains the fastest growing region in Malaysia, even after the government offices were relocated to the smaller city of Putrajaya because while the administrative centre was moved, a hoard of other official organisations chose to remain: the National Bank of Malaysia, Companies and Securities Commission of Malaysia and several embassies are all still situated in the capital, bolstering its profile as the only global city in Malaysia – and the key to the country's economy.

Providing Islamic Financing alongside other international services, the presence of institutions such as Al-Rajhi Bank (the world's largest Islamic lender) adds to the importance of Kuala Lumpur to the East as well as the West.

Finance, insurance, media – all the sectors you would expect to find here are present, including many real estate firms. But Malaysia's strength is that it continues to grow; new developments, such as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Multimedia Super Corridor, only add to the city's large volume of commercial property and corporate activity. The fact there are 14 of the Forbes 2000 list based in the city proves that it's an in-demand destination.

Figures-wise, things are healthy too, with Kuala Lumpur boasting a high GDP, low unemployment and an average household income far higher than the national rate. Health and education perform strongly as well, with many research centres improving the potential for employment and development in the future.

A strong economy, a vibrant culture, a vital role in the global market. Kuala Lumpur is the sixth most-visited city on the planet for tourists. For companies needing serviced offices , it may rank even higher.

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