Miri is a coastal city in northeastern Sarawak, Malaysia, located near the border of Brunei, on the island of Borneo. Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak, with a population of 358,020 as of 2016. The city is also the capital of Miri District of the Miri Division. Miri town is named after a minority ethnic group called “Jatti Meirek or simply “Mirek”, or “Miriek”. This ethnic group is the earliest settlers in the region of Miri Division. Malaysia’s first oil well, the Grand Old Lady on top of the Canada Hills, was drilled here in 1910, and petroleum has continued to drive the city’s economy and development ever since. Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas Carigali are headquartered here. As a result, Miri has a cosmopolitan whiff as it hosts expatriates from all over the world. These expats work in many of the multinational oil and gas giants that are headquartered in Miri. Visitors stop for transit here to change planes heading onward to Gunung Mulu National Park or the famous Kelabit Highlands. Miri is surrounded by five national parks namely: Gunung Mulu National Park, Niah National Park, Lambir Hills National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park and Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park.