Formerly Jesselton, Kota Kinabalu (pronounced [ˈkota kinaˈbalu]) is the state capital of the Malaysian state Sabah. Located right in the heart of the city, along the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is famous for its citizens’ warm hospitality, world class sailing marinas, championship golf courses, both the largest hypermall in East Malaysia (1Borneo) and the longest mall in Sabah (Megalong), first class holiday resort as well as budget accommodation, beautiful islands and a majestic mountain, best seafood restaurants, authentic and affordable handicrafts, traditional cuisines and centuries old traditional alcoholic beverages.

Kota Kinabalu has a population of 452,058 and is one of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia and one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.