Asean Australian Engineering Congress: Engineering for Sustainability

November 17, 2010

About the Professional Conference Organiser

SDI is an autonomous non-profit research institute entrusted to undertake inter-disciplinary research on pertinent development issues related to the state and nation for policy inputs to the government and other private organisations/clients. SDI provides a range of services tailored to deliver your desired outcomes. What sets SDI apart from other organisations is our ability to provide you with a start to finish package, from the preparation and running of the event right up to generating proceedings and reports for publications and public consumptions. Through our extensive experience in research and the organisation and management of international and local conferences, seminars, and workshops, SDI has built up an invaluable knowledge of local cultures, practices and policies as well as an advantageous and extensive network with those in the government sector and the industry to successfully undertake projects in collaboration with national and international organisations in Sarawak and beyond. Our extensive experience, knowledge and understanding of the industry make for that professional touch and reliability when producing your event needs.

SDI is part of the Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) group which consists of AZAM, Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd (FMM), Faradale Enterprise and Faradale Holdings. 

The Host City

thumb1Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state, is simply unique. Home to over 26 ethnic groups, the residents of Kuching take great pride in their fascinating city, a pride that is reflected in their attitude to visitors.

General information on Kuching, Sarawak:


Sarawak, the state of Kuching city covers an area of 125,000 sq. km., the largest of Malaysia’s 13 states. It is located in the heart of Southeast Asia, and is one of the two Malaysian states nestled in the island of Borneo.


Sarawak enjoys a tropical climate which is moderately hot and receives substantial rainfall. Its average daytime temperature is between 23 to 32 degrees Celsius.


Our national language is Malay. However, English is widely spoken throughout the State.

For more information, please visit or

Kuching International Airport (KIA)

thumb1KIA is served by Malaysia Airlines, MASwings, Air Asia, Royal Brunei Airlines, Batavia Air, SilkAir and Tiger Airways.

Arrival to KIA from outside Sarawak is subject to an immigration check. The Immigration Counters are at Level 2, and the Baggage Claim area is at Level 1 (Ground Floor).

KIA Information Counter:
Provide information on flights arrival and departure.
Tel: +6 082-454 242

Money Changer at the airport:
RHB Bank has one foreign exchange outlet at Kuching International Airport, outside the arrival hall (Level 1).
Tel: +6 082-463 768. Open daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

ATM Machine (24 hours):
Various machines accept major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, Cirrus, Plus and Bankcard. These ATM machines are under Maybank, Bumiputera Commerce Bank and RHB Bank.

Wireless Access:
KFC Restaurant and Starbucks Coffee offer complimentary high speed Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi) to its customers.

Visa Requirement

thumb1No visa is required for a stay of less than one month for nationals of all ASEAN countries except Myanmar. For a stay exceeding one month, a visa will be required, except for Brunei and Singapore nationals. Commonwealth countries that require visas include Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

For more visa information, please visit . Should delegates have any enquiry on Immigration, please contact the general line at +6 082-245 661.


thumb1Delegates are advised to arrange for their own accommodation. The nearest hotels recommended are Pullman Kuching, Hilton Kuching, Somerset Gateway Kuching, Batik Boutique Hotel, Grand Margherita Hotel, Grand Continental Hotel, Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites, The LimeTree Hotel and Harbour View Hotel. Budget accommodations are also available and the recommended ones are 360 Xpress Citycenter, Tune Waterfront Kuching, Basaga Holiday Residences, Pinnacles Lodge and Singgahsana Lodge.

The Congress venue also offers affordable 5-star accommodation.

Kuching Visitors’ Information Centre

thumb1If you should require assistance on your whereabouts or places of interest to visit, please kindly visit Kuching Visitors’ Information Centre.

Kuching Visitors’ Information Centre
(Located in the Sarawak Tourism Complex, the old court house)
Tel: +6 082 410 944/410 942
Fax: +6 082 256 301

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday (08:00 -1800)
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays (09:00 -15:00)

For more information, visit

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