Brisbane's Sister City - Hyderabad

On 5 October 2010, Brisbane and Ipswich signed a world-first tripartite Sister City agreement with the Indian city of Hyderabad. This will deliver economic benefits at home and abroad.

On this page you can find general information about Hyderabad, as well as download a key facts and opportunity sectors fact sheet.

About Hyderabad

Located at the crossroads of north and south India, Hyderabad is well placed as the financial, economic and political capital of the state of Telangana. Hyderabad was originally the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. In 2014, the state of Andhra Pradesh was split to form Telangana, the 29th state in India. Hyderabad is officially recognised as both the capital of Telangana and also as the de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is in the process of building a separate capital city but Hyderabad remains as both the capital for states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh until this time.

Hyderabad is the fourth most populous city with a metropolitan population of more than 9.75 million.

Underpinned by one of the country’s largest film production industries – Telugu Film, commonly known as ‘Tollywood’ – and bolstered by emerging biotech and pharmaceutical industries, Hyderabad has one of the fastest growing economies in India. Due to the high number of IT-related companies that have established headquarters and large campuses there; Hyderabad has recently earned the nick-name ‘Cyberabad’.

Besides major industries, Hyderabad has a number of universities, research and training institutions for defence, police and administrative sectors. Hyderabad has been highly successful in attracting major global companies to set up regional headquarters and these include: Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple, Uber, Lucent, Facebook, AT&T and Bank of America.

The official language of Hyderabad is Telugu. Reflecting the diversity of the region, Urdu, English and Hindi are also spoken. Although Hindus form a majority in the city, Muslims constitute about 40 percent of the population and they form the largest Muslim community in Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabad has a rich history that is expressed through cosmopolitan culture and architecture. It is a city that welcomes people of different religions, languages and races.

The region has hot summers from late February to early June, a monsoon season from late June to early October, followed by a pleasant winter until early February. It has several well-known tourist attractions, including Charminar, Qutubshahi Tombs, Golconda Fort and the Zoological Gardens.

Perched on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad (and the surrounding metropolitan area) covers around 1864 square kilometres and was founded in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah after the earlier capital city of Golconda became overcrowded. Hyderabad and its twin city, Secunderabad, form a single local government unit: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Key facts and opportunity sectors


For more information, visit the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation website.

Media releases

On 5 October 2010, Brisbane and Ipswich signed a world-first tripartite Sister City agreement with the Indian city of Hyderabad. This will deliver economic benefits at home and abroad.

You can view the media release Brisbane, Ipswich sign world first with India.

Last updated: 8 May 2019