Business Travel

Tips for doing business in Jakarta

The app, the conversation starter and the bar that should be on your radar for a business trip to Jakarta

The app: Gojek

To get from one meeting to another with minimum hassle, turn to Gojek. The widely used app quickly hails motorcycle taxis, called ojek. It also has a food delivery service – great for those late-night work sessions.

Conversation starter: Train arrival

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The Gojek ride-hailing app is popular, but on your next trip to Jakarta you might get to try out the city’s first-ever subway line. Consisting of 13 stations, phase one of the MRT is expected to open this month, a welcome relief for many commuters. The Indonesian government has pledged that 2019 will be dedicated to curing the city’s notorious gridlock.

After hours: Riva Grill Bar & Terrace

The Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta has just opened in the financial district, replacing the Park Lane Hotel Jakarta. With the new hotel comes a revamped Riva Grill Bar & Terrace, an upmarket steakhouse serving tomahawk and fancy cocktails like Mint Crème Brûlée. The pool terrace offers outdoor seating, adding to the sophistication of this great setting for work dinners or happy hour.

Fact file

Central business district: Golden Triangle

Airport to CBD: 48 minutes by airport rail

Currency: HK$1 ≈ 1,800 rupiah

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