The Dayabumi Complex is one of the major landmarks of Kuala Lumpur and was built on land that was previously the site of the Malayan Railway workshops and depots from the 1900s until 1981. Construction began in January 1982 and was completed in February 1984. The Dayabumi Complex is one of the first buildings to boast a Malaysian style of architecture. The 35-storey skyscraper is 157 meters high. At the time of its completion, it was regarded as the most expensive building ever built in Malaysia. The gleaming white marble structure incorporates Arabic elements into the modern high-rise architecture, helping it to blend with the surrounding Moorish and Byzantine architecture. Today it houses government offices, a shopping arcade and has an annex that houses the General Post Office.
One of the most striking structures visible from the Padang is the Dayabumi Complex, a white tower of modern architecture, but inspired in the Islamic art. Surprisingly, the national oil company (Petronas) has its headquarters here and not in the Petronas Towers.
The massive white modern complex of the famously expensive Dayabumi Complex was designed to blend in with the pervading Moorish and Byzantine atmosphere of the earlier establishments surrounding it providing an excellent example of the marriage between modern technology and ancient cultures. The building is criss-crossed with latticed grillwork inspired by Moorish Islamic architecture. The complex houses a shopping arcade, City Point, offices and the General Post Office.