The Japanese have made Jakarta a centre for their automotive production. The largest production of Yamaha motorcycles in the world takes place in Jakarta, and motorbikes produced here are exported to more than 40 countries.
The United States produces Barbie Dolls for the entire world in Jakarta. The British staged the biggest and most exciting Highland Gathering in Jakarta, after their own country.
Jakarta is an open and friendly capital city. The Dutch, French, Indian, Russian, Japanese, German and Italian cultural centres offer all kinds of programs and activities here, and some even have several branches in Jakarta.
Foreign language courses, including Mandarin and Arabic, are also popular here. For newcomers from abroad eager to learn the Indonesian language, a wide range of choices are available, from university courses to private lessons.
Jakarta also has world-class sports facilities like the Gelora Bung Karno Sport Stadium, accommodating over 100,000 football spectators. Jakarta also has Istiqlal Grand Mosque that can host up to 40,000 worshippers. And the largest gathering place of all is the Arena Pekan Raya Jakarta (Jakarta Fair Ground) in Kemayoran, which houses huge trade expositions all year round.
For those interesting in the arts, Jakarta has two prestigious performing arts centres, Jakarta Art Performing Theatre and Jakarta Theatre, which were just recently dedicated for use at the Taman Ismail Marzuki Art Centre. These theatres feature the latest in light and sound equipment along with all the high tech infrastructure and facilities available at the art centre./.