Marina Bay Sands Opening Singapore

Marina Bay Singapore picture courtesy of Infostye 1881

Marina Bay Sands Opening in Singapore is scheduled to be on the 27th April 2010. This massive integrated resort which is the latest addition to Singapore's amazing collection of hotels and resorts costs over S$8 million and features three 55 storey hotel towers with 2600 luxurious rooms and suites and all three towers are connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace right on top. This amazing structure is also called the Sands SkyPark and is one of a kind in the world and the entire project was designed by Moshe Safdie.

 Marina Bay Sands Singapore in the night - Pic courtesy of Cliff Tan

Marina Bay Sands also has other interesting and unique structures besides the hotel and Sands SkyPark which are;

Lotus shaped Art and Sience Museum which has a retractable roof  creating a waterfall which has been collected from natural rain. It will also feature numerous galleries, a restaurant and rooftop seating from which to view events on the bay.

The Convention and Exhibition Block which totals more than 120,000 square metres (1.3 million square feet) which has space capable of accommodating approximately 2,000 exhibition booths, 250 meeting rooms and over 45,000 delegates.

Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, which offers almost 75,000 square metres (800,000 square feet) of retail and dining space, will be the dream destination of shoppers across the world. It will feature a refreshing mix of cutting-edge, emerging labels and international luxury brands, as well as innovative entertainment options including boat rides along a canal flowing through the mall and an indoor ice skating rink.

The Casino Block, which is the most interesting for many travelers and can cater up to 1000 gaming tables while slot lovers will rejoice as there are over 1400 slot machines available.

A newspaper scan of the Marina Sands Bay

At the Marina Bay Sands, the Sands SkyPark will be home to the world's longest elevated  infinity swimming pool, with a 475-foot vanishing edge. The pools will be composed of 400,000 pounds of stainless steel and hold 380,000 gallons (or 1440 cubic meters) of water which are elevated 975 feet above the ground and is 150 meters long. There are four movement joints beneath the main pools which are designed to help the pools withstand the natural motion of the towers, and each joint has a unique range of motion.

The Sands Sky Park also has a width of 38 metres and length of 340 metres, it has a plan area of 12400 m2 and contains lush greenery, extensive landscaped gardens, restaurants, bars and three linked  infinity swimming pools. Sands SkyPark can accommodate 3,900 people and the garden areas contain over 250 trees and 650 plants, some up to 8 metres tall. See my latest article on the Sands SkyPark for more information.

Marina Bay Sands Layout from newspaper scan

Timeline for Marina Bay Sands
  • April 27, 2010 - First phase opening: 963 hotel rooms, part of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and The Sands Expo and Convention Center, celebrity chef restaurants along with other dining outlets and the casino.
  • June 23, 2010 - Second phase opening celebration: Sands SkyPark, the Event Plaza along Marina Bay, more shops, additional dining options, and nightlife offerings.
  • October 2010 - Disney's The Lion Kind opens at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre.
  • December 2010 - Marina Bay Sands fully opens.
Getting to Marina Bay Sands;

By Mass Rapid Transit (MRT): 10 mins walk from Promenade MRT Station on the Circle Line.
    By Public Bus: SBS Transit 97 / 97e, 133 / 133M, 502, 518
    SMRT Buses 106, NR1 and NR6
      By Airport Shuttle: 24 hours coach pick-up bay at Changi Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3 and the Budget Terminal.
        By Taxi; Just get into any of Singapore's taxis and they will know the place.
            Marina Bay Sands Singapore is also part of the Las Vegas Sands Corp who owns and operates the Venetian Casino Resort, The Palazzo and the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel and the Sands Macao Casino in Macau, China; as well as the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania. Additionally, Las Vegas Sands Corp. has a major development of numerous resort casino properties in Macau known as the Cotai Strip.

            Sands SkyPark Pictures and Information

            Website for Marina Bay Sands

            Marina Bay Sands on Wikipedia

            Other articles on Marina Bay Sands Singapore by Malaysia Asia;
            Sunset Picture of the Week taken from my room during my stay in June 2010
            Light Show at Marina Bay Sands Official Opening on June 24th 2010

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