Drones must steer clear of Shwedagon

Shwedagon Pagoda is now a no drone zone. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not welcome to fly over the famed pagoda or its grounds without prior permission, the pagoda trustee committee announced at a September 30 press conference. The board of trustees said the ban has been in place for a year, but has not […]

Boozy battle-ground: a turf war brews in Myanmar

At a beer station on Bogyoke Aung San Road, servers traipse from table to table, handing mugs of Myanmar Beer to cheroot-smoking men in longyis. Another beer station in Sanchaung township looks almost exactly the same, but with Dagon Beer decorations and brew dripping from the taps. All over Myanmar, domestic brands such as Myanmar […]

Heineken aims to be market leader in Myanmar by 2020

HEINEKEN intends to become the market leader in Myanmar’s beer market by 2020, confident that it can beat local and foreign products in one of the biggest emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region. “We are the last brewery to come to the market. Currently, we are No 5 in the market. We hope to […]

Aung San Suu Kyi inspires University of Oxford to help Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi was given an honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of Oxford in 1993. Yet it was only in 2012, after many years of house arrest in Myanmar, that she was able to come and receive the award in person. Her acceptance speech recalled “very precious memories” of her student […]

Heineken’s Foot in the Door

Last Friday’s launch of Heineken Beer in Myanmar marked the official entrance of the Amsterdam-based giant’s flagship brand, but the company’s place in the market will require years of strategy and legwork. With a newly-built factory in Hmawbi township, the conglomerate has already begun selling their brews for weeks, time enough to test the market […]

Real estate roller-coaster

After shooting up in 2013 and 2014, excessive speculation and political uncertainties combined are pushing down exorbitant rents Rental rates for luxury apartments in some parts of Yangon have been steadily declining since September 2014, while rates for basic apartments have remained stable, according to real estate market forecasts. “The rental charges in the real […]

Yangon to host voter education programmes this month

Programmes to educate voters in Yangon Region will commence in the middle of March under the guidance of election monitoring organisations. Local civic organisations in Yangon Region met for the first time on March 3 to discuss the implementation of the programmes in ten townships. “The authorities in Yangon Region and in 10 townships that […]

Review Team Orders Dagon High-Rise Redesign

RANGOON — Work is set to resume at several Dagon City development projects on Thursday after the expiry of a four week building halt, with one company ordered to modify its construction plans in order to safeguard the nearby Signal Pagoda. While a report on the projects has yet to be made public, officials negotiated […]

Business hub sets up shop in Dagon

The York Center office building on Yangon’s Yaw Min Gyi Street aims to open its door this month, offering minimum six-month leases to firms looking for office space. Scipio Services has agreed to a management services agreement with the property owner, rather than developing the project through a long-term lease on Build-Operate-Transfer terms often employed […]

British day out in Yangon

“See Bagan and live. See Angkor Wat and die,” says my guide Phaphophon Chantharawattanakul, quoting British historian Arnold Toynbee, as he leads me on a stroll through the streets of Old Yangon. “See Yangon and cry,” I retort, narrowly avoiding getting run over as we brave Yangon’s crazy traffic to reach Sule Pagoda. Founded and […]