province of Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra
Riau Province in Indonesia

Riau is a province of Indonesia. It is on the central eastern coast of Sumatra. Its capital city is Pekanbaru. Riau is rich in natural resources.[1] It has petroleum, natural gas, rubber, and palm oil.


  1. Lesley Potter; et al., The Effects of Indonesia's Decentralisation on Forest and Estate Crops in Riau Province (Bogor: Center for International Forestry Research, 2001), p. 17