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Located in Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste boasts of beautiful scenery, including pristine beaches and mountains ensconced under lush vegetation

A former Portuguese colony, East Timor is now called as Timor-Leste. The country has a strong influence of Portuguese culture and architecture. Timor-Leste was declared as an independent state in the year 2002. The best time to visit this fabulous destination is between June and October when the weather is dry and it is easy to visit the remote areas of the country.

Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste has some sites well worth a visit. The remains of the colonial buildings give visitors an idea about how the city was during the Portugese rule. The Arte Moris has a collection of all the good things of Dili. The XananaGusmao Reading Room is a museum, cultural center and also a library. The waterfront of Dili is quite lively and the best place to have fun in the city. Visitors can also see fabulous sunrise from the Ramalau Mountain, which is the highest point in Timor-Leste.

Travel a little further from Dili to reach Cape Fatucama which is a wonderful destination to enjoy scuba diving. There are several points across the country where visitors can have fun. Just a few minutes from Dili is the Pertamina Pier, one of the best diving points. The Atauro Island is also a wonderful destination to enjoy the warm waters. Moving towards Liquica is the Bubble beach another diving point. Muslim travelers may want to inquire from locals which of these beaches are more family-friendly or more secluded.

Baucau is the second largest city in Timor-Leste. The colonial center of the town is good to take a walk around. Almost every town in Timor-Leste has a main market area. In Dili, visitors will find some vibrant shops along the waterfront.

Muslims form a minority in the country of Timor-Leste. There are a few masaajid in the capital of Dili and the city of Bacau. Finding Halal restaurants can be difficult in the country, however, visitors can enquire about obtaining Halal food or finding Halal restaurants at the masaajid or from locals.

Buses connect almost every part of the country and run regularly between major cities. The city of Dili and its surrounding areas are conveniently connected by taxis. Dili is also well-connected by boat to the surrounding islands of Oekusi Enclave, AtauroIsland and Jaku.

  • Timor-Leste Overview

    Located in Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste boasts of beautiful scenery, including pristine beaches and mountains ensconced under lush vegetation A former Portuguese colony, East Timor is now called as Timor-Leste. The country has a strong influence of Portuguese culture and architecture. Timor-Leste was declared as an independent state in the year 2002.…
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Timor-Leste Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Dili

GEOGRAPHY

It is an Island, situated in Southeast Asia. Timor-Leste has a total area of 15,410 km².

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 1 Million. Muslims account for about 1% of the population.

CLIMATE

The climate of timor-leste is tropical and generally hot and humid. A distinct rainy and dry season prevails throughout the year.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Tetum and Portuguese are the two official languages. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT +9 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

Independence Day: May 20th
May Day: May 1st
National Youth Day: November 12th
Christmas: December 25th

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha

CURRENCY

United States Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 112
Medical: 110
Fire: 115

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