We can’t pretend that we are not excited, one of the most ambitious airport builds in South East Asia is almost complete. Jewel Changi Airport was unveiled yesterday, with Singaporean residents given a first sneak peek into the one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination. The massive 135,700 sqm complex, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, features a distinctive dome-shaped façade complete with waterfall.
Officially opening to the public on Wednesday 17 April 2019, more than four years after ground was broken on the development in December 2014, Jewel will offer travellers and visitors unique attractions, extensive shopping and dining experiences, as well as airport and accommodation facilities, all in one giant greenhouse.
The sense of scale is mind blowing, and the area, like the rooftop pools, butterfly gardens and other creative spaces in the airport grounds is yet another relaxing ‘back-to-nature’ area to spend time while transiting or waiting for a flight to take off or land.
Created as a way of connecting passengers between the terminals, this new space has taken the idea of transiting to a whole new level. Ms Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer of Jewel Changi Airport Devt, said, “The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World’. The unique proposition of world-class shopping and dining, seamlessly integrated with lush greenery, fulfils the needs of increasingly discerning travellers for a meaningful and experiential journey, even for brief layovers.”
The gardens and architecture is a great representation of modern Singapore, with many of the elements feeling like they have been lifted straight out of the ‘Garden City’.
The majestic 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, will greet visitors upon entering Jewel. Surrounding it are the manicured grounds of the Shiseido Forest Valley. Play attractions such as the Manulife Sky Nets, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze and Discovery Slides were designed to blend into the unique indoor garden environment and will open on 10 June 2019.
But this isn’t just a giant greenhouse. It also plays host to multiple retailing outlets including duplexes, outdoor terraces and spaces within the Canopy Park on the topmost level.
Visitors can look forward to a slew of long-awaited new-to-Singapore brands including Emack & Bolio’s, JW360˚, Lavender, OYSHO and Pokémon Center Singapore. Jewel also has a dedicated retail cluster of homegrown brands on Level 1 meant to be a one-stop shop for travellers looking to bring home a piece of Singapore.
Jewel will also house the first YOTELAIR property in Asia. With smartly-designed cabins that can be booked for a minimum of four hours, it is ideal for short daytime layovers or overnight stays. YOTELAIR also features time-saving airline style self-check-in kiosks that will facilitate a hassle-free check-in process.
The opening of Jewel further increases the airport’s wide range of shopping, dining and accommodation offerings. Changi Airport now hosts a mind boggling 820 retailers and food and beverage outlets. It’s not just retail though, as for accommodation offerings, there are currently a total of 780 rooms in the transit hotels and Crowne Plaza Hotel combined. With YOTELAIR opening within the Jewel complex, a further 130 rooms are now available, bringing the total number of rooms to 910.