The Thriving Cosmopolitan City
The Republic of Singapore, the heart of Southeast Asia, is an island-country made up of 63 islands between Malaysia and Indonesia and has a land area of about 710 square kilometres, making her one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region - hence the moniker "The Little Red Dot". Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore is a parliamentary republic today and had its English name derived from the Malay word Singapura, which means Lion City. Although small in size, Singapore commands an enormous presence in the world today with its free trade economy and highly efficient workforce. Also, her strategic location in the region has enabled her to become a central sea port along major shipping routes.
Official languages in Singapore are English, Tamil, Chinese and Malay.
The city has a tropical rainforest climate without distinctive seasons. Uniform temperature lies between 23 and 32 degrees Celsius with an extremely high humidity of some 90%. Expect plenty of sunshine, with the occasional rain storm, especially during the year-end periods.
Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city populated with high-rise buildings and landscape gardens. Brimming with a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture, Singapore is a dynamic city that's rich in contrast and colour. At present, Singapore's population stands at about five million people, with English as the main language of instruction, and a mother tongue for each major ethnicity. In fact, you can even say that Singapore embodies the finest of both East and West. Between the absolutely stunning skyline and the continuously growing subway system you can find a high bandwidth of cultural influences namely the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Each community offers a different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food and language.
Being a multi-racial society, Singapore is as diverse as it is cohesive. With so much to see and do, this is perhaps best experienced through your encounters with the locals. And if you're feeling nostalgic and looking to discover old world charm, you can explore and experience the island's key historical landmarks or memorials. You can also embark on a heritage trail and enjoy the sights and sounds at various cultural precincts at this modern city, famous for its multifarious offering of food - day or night, the shimmering nightlife and multifaceted possibilities for shopping. As a technically advanced and well educated city Singapore is the springboard into the Asian world.
Singapore is one of the five founding members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the host of APEC Secretariat, member of the East Asian Summit, the Non-Alignment Movement and the Commonwealth. It became one of the world's prosperous countries with a strong international trading with a per capita GDP of 43.867 US$ (59.813 S$) equal of the leading nations of Western Europe.
With its progressiveness, finesse and unique, multi-cultural Asian character, Singapore is a representation of the fresh exuberance that marks the entire region. It is a place where tradition and modernity, East and West meet and mingle comfortably.
Strategic location, superb infrastructure and excellent facilities such as world-class hotels offering unparalleled service; an extensive range of state-of-the-art facilities; modern communication network; the world's best airport with excellent air links; are just a few of what makes Singapore an excellent business destination for business opportunities, meetings, conferences and exhibitions.
With 60% of the world's population residing in Asia, many have made Singapore the business springboard into the Asian region. An economic and trading hub with a base of over 5,000 multinational companies (MNCs) makes Singapore the natural focal point for growth opportunities.
Singapore has a wide variety of sight-seeing options, ranging from historical museums to high-tech theme parks. Nature-lovers should keep on their list, the Singapore Zoological Gardens and Night Safari, the Botanical Gardens and Gardens by the Bay (newly opened in 2012). For a fun-filled day of activity, head out to Sentosa - home to Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa and the newly opened Marine Life Park. For glimpses into the local culture, do make time for Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam. Nightlife options include the ever-buzzing Clarke Quay and a host of new and noted bars and clubs located within and around Marina Bay Sands.
Shoppers' Paradise - The city is famous for its shopping malls, most of which are centred along the main shopping belt of Orchard Road. Other must-visit malls include VivoCity in HarbourFront, Mustafa Centre (open 24 hours) in Little India, People's Park Complex in Chinatown, and the latest addition - Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Visit www.yoursingapore.com for more information.
Singapore boasts a highly comprehensive and efficient public transportation system. It is also easy and inexpensive to get around Singapore on the integrated transport system of efficient air-conditioned bus services, modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines and affordable taxi services. The city's metro or subway is commonly referred to as the "MRT" or Mass Rapid Transit. Existing and upcoming lines on the MRT make it possible and extremely easy to find your way around the island. if you do not find yourself along the MRT lines, public buses and taxis are also a common means of trasport. Both modes are safe and reliable. Taxis are metred, as required by law.
Visit www.publictransport.sg for more information.