Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay to be Top Gulf Eid Attraction
Array of New Family Attractions Include World’s First Angry Birds Cable Cars
Summer Visitor Numbers Are On-Target, Say Tourism Officials;
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is to be a top attraction for Gulf-based families planning Eid vacations, as on-target summer visitor numbers indicate the city-state as a preferred holiday destination, said Dubai-based tourism officials from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Gardens by the Bay spans an impressive 101 hectares and is nestled in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown, near the Marina Bay Sands, a spectacular destination for entertainment, business and shopping.
“As the holy month of Ramadan nears, Gulf families are finalizing plans for Eid holidays, which fall just before the start of the academic school year,” said Mohamed Hafez Marican, Area Director for the Middle East and Africa, STB. “Singapore offers a multi-ethnic twist on Eid Al-Fitr, and Gardens by the Bay is a sight that visitors will not want to miss out on.”
The super park showcases 18, massive steel ‘supertrees’ that shoot up through the foliage, illuminating Singapore’s already sparkling skyline. The 25- to 50-meter-tall tree-like structures, designed by landscape-architecture consultant Grant Associates, in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, also aid in Singapore’s green initiative, collecting rainwater, generating solar power, and acting as venting ducts for the park’s conservatory.
The billion-dollar Gardens exhibit more than 220,000 plants from every continent except Antarctica, with 163,000 plants of more than 200 species of bromeliads, orchids, ferns, and tropical climbing flowers.
The cooled-dry conservatory, the Flower Dome, features flora from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions, allowing nature lovers to get up close and personal with plant species like baobabs, indigenous to Madagascar, bottle trees, olive trees and date palms. The Cloud Forest, a moist yet cool complex, houses a 35-metre tall mountain complete with the tallest indoor waterfall enfolded in abundant greenery.
After taking in the one-of-a-kind green and educational experience, Gulf families who may have already visited the Harry Potter Exhibition at lushly green Mount Faber will want return for a joyride in one of Singapore Cable Car’s Angry Birds cabins. Until December 2012, avid fans of the highly addictive smartphone game can also unleash their creative talents in workshops, play at interactive game stations, and dine on eccentric Angry Birds meals. Tickets are available at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa, Harbourfront Tower 2 and The Jewel Box. Tickets are priced at AED 105 for adults and AED 66 for children. Family packages start at AED 200.
Dubai-based STB officials have announced that on-target visitor numbers are indicating that Singapore will be a top Eid Al-Fitr destination for Gulf families this summer, thanks to an array of newly opened family-friendly attractions.
The city-state has already received more than 14,000 visitors from the UAE for the first quarter of 2012, an 18 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2011. Earlier this summer, STB predicted a 20 per cent spike in the number of Gulf visitors to Singapore.
· Eid Al-Fitr, known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri by Singaporean locals, celebrates the end of dawn-to-dusk fasting on a magnificent scale. Colourful and captivating, the streets of the 1.8 km stretch of the Geylang Serai district house the city-state’s Muslim residents, who account for 15 per cent of the multicultural population and have called the neighbourhood home for around 200 years. Lanes are lit up, decorated and come alive with the buzz of bazaars bursting with gifts, garments, household items and delectable Malay delicacies like fresh pineapple tarts, ‘ondeh-ondeh’ made with palm sugar-filled centers, and ‘putu piring’, a steamed dessert served with grated coconut.
· Gulf visitors’ holiday schedule can all be conveniently planned, organized and tracked with the official YourSingapore travel application, available on the AppStore and in Android Market. The app offers users access to information about latest events, dining venues, shopping, history and culture and more.
About Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a leading economic development agency in tourism, one of Singapore’s key service sectors. Known for partnership, innovation and excellence, STB champions tourism, making it a key economic driver for Singapore. We aim to differentiate and market Singapore as a must-visit destination offering a concentration of user-centric and enriching experiences through the “YourSingapore” brand. For more information, please visit http://www.stb.gov.sg/ or http://www.yoursingapore.com/