By P Chong Monday 22 August 2011
Gone are the days when only junk boats plied the waters of Singapore. Today Marina Bay boasts of a spectacular ship in the sky – a ship that Sands finds it hard to sail in the arid landscape of Les Vegas. SkyPark sits on top of the US$5.7 billion ($A6.8 billion) Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino Integrated Resort.
In Singapore, June 24, 2011 dawned the opening of a new wonder of the world. “Sky Park” Marina Bay Sands. It’s located on the 200-meter height on the three skyscrapers, as if on three pillars. Here is the most expensive & spectacular Integrated Resort in the world of casinos, bars, restaurants, the largest outdoor swimming pool, 150 meters long and even the Museum of Modern Art.
Stretching longer than the Eiffel tower laid down or four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets, with an impressive 12,400 square meters of space, the Sands SkyPark can host up to 3900 people. The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world. From this privileged observation deck, hundreds of visitors at a time can feast their eyes on the unforgettable panorama view of Singapore.
The resort employs 10,000 people directly and generate up to £48m each year. Entrance to the casino alone is nearly £50 a day – but an average of 25,000 people have visited the casino daily since its initial phased opening two months ago.
Thomas Arasi, president and chief executive officer of the resort, said he expects to attract an astonishing 70,000 visitors a day once it is fully open. It was due to open in 2009, but was delayed thanks to labour and material shortages, and funding problems due to the global financial crisis.
Just take a look at these wonderful photographs of Singapore pride:
The Marina Bay Sands Experience