More fun for the family in Singapore

New attractions at River Safari include the giant Chinese panda, Kai Kai

SINGAPORE is preparing to receive more visitors with the completion of Marina Bay developments and the opening of the world’s largest aquarium.

Ahead of the busy season Mohammed Hafez Marican, area director for the Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board says, “Receipts have fared positively for this past year thanks to Singapore’s international society, which is welcoming and refreshing with its world-class accommodations, shopping and entertainment experiences.

“From January until June this year 2012, there have been 7,082,161 international visitors to Singapore, out of which 69,221 are from the Middle East alone. This reflects 11.4 per cent year to year change. Our strongest markets in the region include Saudi Arabia and UAE, and GCC as a whole as well as North Africa.”

New attractions awaiting guests this year include the recently opened Gardens by the Bay and the upcoming River Safari, the newest addition to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) portfolio of award-winning parks. When open, it will be Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, occupying an impressive 12 hectares and boasting a myriad of freshwater flora and fauna, which will include more than 150 plant species, 300 animal species and more than 5,000 animal specimens.

Gulf families can also enjoy an action-packed aquatic experience at the Marine Life Park, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, which opened doors on December 7. The park features two world-class attractions – the world’s largest aquarium at S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark.

“This year also marks the completion of the Marina Bay developments – Marina Bay Financial Centre, Marina Bay Sands, The Fullerton Heritage with The Fullerton Bay Hotel and Customs House,” adds Marican.

“For many years, Singapore has been perceived as just a shopping or business destination. Recently, with refined and new attractions for young and old, Singapore has evolved into so much more, offering something for everyone, especially attractions for quality time with children in a safe and family friendly environment,” he added.