Pekanbaru is the capital of Indonesian province of Riau, and a major economic centre on the eastern part of Sumatra Island.
Pekanbaru has long been known as a trading port. Pekanbaru was originally built as a market by Minangkabau merchants during the 18th century. The city was developed to serve the coffee and coal industries, and the Dutch built roads to help ship goods to Singapore and Malacca. This city has an airport called Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport, and a port called Sungai Duku that is located by the Siak River.
Pekanbaru has a population of over 1,121,500 people.
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