Kiulap has recently undergone a development boom which has seen several major investments in the area. These include two hotels, The Plaza Hotel and the Palm Gardens Hotel that includes a brand new state of the art Fitness Zone. Q-Lap Mall is a brand new, major shopping mall development that includes cinemas, food courts, a supermarket as well as trendy coffee shops and chic gift shops. These developments have transformed Kiulap into a hot spot of social and recreational activity, as well as a first rate shopping and business centre.
Kiulap also offers all the facilities that businesses need. Banks, local and international, insurance companies, and real estate agencies, are all located in Kiulap. Rents are lower in Kiulap than in other major shopping and commercial centres and this, plus its great location with easier access and parking and fewer traffic jams means that Kiulap is fast becoming the first choice location for business and recreational activity.
Kiulap Jetty allows easy access to Kiulaps’ shops and businesses to customers from Kg Ayer. And they take advantage of it in large numbers. Aneka Rasa, one of Kiulaps most popular restaurants, famous for its great value buffets is located by the river and at night its riverside eatery is often packed to capacity.
Coffee shops like Coffee Zone and stylish restaurants like Manjaro, (which has recently redesigned its menu) offer free wireless internet to the hipper and more youthful clientele that visit Kiulap to eat, meet and generally hang out. Saffron is a unique middle eastern restaurant with great food and an attractive interior.
Just about every other business and service is available in Kiulap, such as Health Express, the recently renovated spa and hair dressing salon, (probably the only ground floor hairdressing/spa salon in town), Innerspace, a modern furniture store.
Meanwhile at Q-Lap Mall all the latest movies, both Asian and Western can be watched in the comfort of your own reclining armchair. This makes it easier to sleep if the movie turns out to be less exciting than anticipated!
Q-Lap Mall also offers a range of eating places that include coffee shops, fast food and food courts. And if you are looking for a special gift there are trendy gift shops and fashionable jewellers and gold shops that offer stylish gifts at bargain prices.
Those investors responsible for Kiulaps' transformation into a major social and business centre should be applauded for their courage and determination to proceed with major developments of this scale in what is generally considered an economic downturn. Let’s hope that their example will encourage more Bruneians to invest locally rather than overseas.