Bukit Bintang Road or Arab Street

This is Jalan Bukit Bintang in the heart of Kuala Lumpur .

Last Saturday 28 Jun 2011 , I was going to Low Yat Plaza to fetch my Acer laptop from Highpoint Service Centre in Low Yat Plaza , by monorail from Bkt Nenas. My laptop broke down , and so I sent it for repair . Today I could get it back from the shop.

As I walked into the Bukit Nenas  station , I was told at the ticket counter that the train was delayed . It would only arrive in one hour’s  time instead of the usual 15 minutes.  It was 3.00 pm , the weather wasn’t too hot , and I wasn’t in a hurry . So I thought I’d take things easy by going to my destination by foot. Why not.

At the same time it gave me a chance to stroll through the famous Jalan Bukit Bintang  , watching the street and its people at a more casual pace . A change from the normally hectic pace I was used to in the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

A lot of young people watching a street carnival

It struck me as I walked down the Jalan Bukit Bintang , that it had a definite more middle eastern flavour to it. Visibly there was a big presence of arab restaurants and shops and of course Arab tourists.

An Arab Restaurant Maroush

An Arab shop selling oud perfumes

An Arab street cafe

Egyptian Cafe

It fascinates me what makes this place popular to the Arabs. Is it because of its location , sat in the shopping district of Kuala Lumpur? Lot 10 shopping mall is a stone’s throw away . Of course , there is Bukit Bintang Plaza in the corner. And the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur at the end of the road. Its a shopping paradise here.

Or is it because of the night life . The Bukit Bintang Street  is of course infamous for its nightlife .The night life here is  teeming with people in side walk cafes , pubs and karoukes.

At the end of mid afternoon walk I felt somewhat transplanted and lost  . Perhaps a change of name to Arab Street may be more appropriate. What do you think?

Map of Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

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