About the SCP
Singapore is a dynamic, multiracial and multicultural society. Known as Asia’s “garden city”, Singapore is where east meets west, a cosmopolitan melting pot with a unique identity. Our citizens maintain traditions handed down through generations while comfortably adopting the conveniences of modern life and technology. This adaptability has played a major role in transforming Singapore into the bustling city state it is today.
Singapore has a developed market-based economy which has historically revolved around extended entrepot trade. The major industries in Singapore are electronics, oil and gas, financial services, shipping and chemicals, biomedical sciences and research and life sciences, to name a few. The Singapore Government seeks to maintain its competitiveness by diversifying into value-added activities in the manufacturing and service sectors, as well as identifying and investing in new growth sectors, such as clean technology and biotechnology. The World Economic Forum ranked Singapore 2nd after in its Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012.
Demographics and Culture
As of June 2011, Singapore’s total population stands at 5.18 million with our resident population comprising Singapore citizens and permanent residents at 3.79 million. The signature trait of Singapore is its multi-cultural makeup. Its people are made of Chinese (74.1%), Malay (13.4%), Indians (9.2%) and other races. This diversity also translates into a unique mix of religions, languages, cultural traditions and cuisines. The successful integration of the different segments of society has created an atmosphere of mutual respect for one another. In Singapore, it is not uncommon to find a mosque next to a temple, and marriages between people of different faiths and ethnic groups reinforce our unique social cohesion.
Getting around Singapore is easy. The efficient bus services are complemented by a modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. The rail system has grown rapidly since 1987 from a five-stop line to a present network of 100 stations across four main lines, forming the backbone of Singapore’s public transport system. By 2020, three more lines currently under construction will be completed to support an anticipated daily ridership of 4.6 million passengers.
Places of Interest
There is much to see, eat and do in Singapore. Many of the places of interest are easily accessible by public transport. For more information about Singapore, you can visit the Singapore Tourism Board website at http://www.yoursingapore.com/
Some key attractions include:
Arts and Culture
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Officially opened in 2002, the Esplanade is one of the world’s busiest arts centres. This architectural icon with its distinctive twin domes with spiky roof cladding is situated within Singapore’s civic district. The Esplanade has a 2,000-seat theatre and a 1,600-seat Concert Hall, complemented by two smaller studios, an outdoor theatre and a mall with shops and restaurants.
The National Museum of Singapore
At 123 years old, the National Museum of Singapore is our biggest and oldest museum with the youngest and most innovative soul. Designed to be the people’s museum, the Museum prides itself on introducing cutting edge and varied ways of presenting history to redefine the conventional museum experience. More than just a space for exhibitions and artefacts, the Museum also distinguishes itself through its vibrant festivals and events that unleash new creative possibilities.
Asian Civilisations Museum
Housed in a graceful colonial structure dating from the 1860s, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is the first museum in the region to present a broad yet integrated perspective on pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. The first wing, the at , showcases the rich material heritage of the Peranakans from the and the Indonesian Archipelago, spread over three floors of permanent galleries. The second wing of the Museum, located at , houses 11 galleries which showcase over 1,300 artefacts from the Museum’s growing collections on the civilisations of , Southeast Asia, and West Asia/Middle East. Special exhibitions are held throughout the year.
Singapore Art Museum
Melding past and present, the Singapore Art Museum houses its award-winning collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art in a beautifully restored 19th century mission school. With over 7,500 works in its permanent collection, the Museum holds the world’s largest public collection of 20th-century Southeast Asian art.
Nature and Wildlife
Jurong Bird Park
With one of the largest collections of birds in the world, the is home to more than 4,000 exotic and colourful birds from 380 species. Bird shows, staged at the Pool Amphitheatre and Fuji Hawk Walk are entertaining and informative and have thrilled visitors from all over the world.
Singapore Zoological Gardens
Set in an “open concept” rainforest environment, Singapore’s renowned zoo is truly a “United Nations” of the animal kingdom. More than 2,500 creatures live in spacious landscaped environments simulating their natural habitats, with rock walls and streams in place of cages. Through its “Partners in Conservation Programme”, the zoo also works closely with government and non-government conservation agencies in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries.
From dusk, the world’s first Night Safari comes alive with creatures of the dark. Nestled in 40 hectares of lush forest, guests are able to view over 1,000 nocturnal animals from over 120 species in environments simulating their natural habitats.
Scheduled to open in the second half of 2012, River Safari, the newest addition to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks, will be the world’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. Occupying 12 hectares and developed at a cost of S$160 million, the park will boast an immense collection of freshwater flora and fauna, numbering over 300 plant species, 500 animal species and over 5,000 animal specimens. The River Safari will be home to endangered species such as the Giant Panda and the Mekong Giant Catfish and housed in themed exhibits that mirror the rivers of the world such as the Amazon, the Nile and the Yangtze River.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens epitomises our luxuriant parks. Spread over 52 hectares and located close to the city centre, the Gardens showcase many botanically valuable plant species. Among their horticultural attractions is the National Orchid Garden, an orchid enclosure with sprawling orchid displays, water features and an exotic bromeliad collection from Central and South America. Some orchid species are named after visiting dignitaries. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is also a favourite place for both Singaporeans and tourists to stroll and jog.
Gardens by the Bay
Spanning 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay comprises three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, will officially open in June 2012. A showcase of horticulture and garden artistry, the Gardens will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the world. Get up close with a diversity of plant species from around the world in the iconic cooled conservatories, marvel at the Supertrees vertical garden, or discover the intricacies of plant life at the themed gardens in this horticultural oasis nestled in the heart of the city.
Shopping and Recreation
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands opened in April 2010 as an integrated resort including a 55-storey hotel spread across three towers, an Expo and Convention Centre, two state-of-the-art theatres offering a total of around 4,000 seats, the ArtScience Museum and a casino. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is capped by the Sands SkyPark, featuring the world's largest cantilever housing an observation deck, an infinity edged swimming pool, and 360-degree views of Singapore's skyline. The lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum features a spectrum of influences from the arts, science and technology, and design and architecture over 50,000 square feet of galleries.
Sentosa, Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios
Sentosa is Singapore’s holiday resort island. The 500-hectare island was identified for recreation and tourism in 1968, and has been constantly upgraded over the years to become one of the key draws for visitors to Singapore. Sentosa offers a kaleidoscope of attractions and activities. As soon as you set foot on the island, be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the lush greenery peppered with exciting attractions. It is a themed attraction, tropical resort, nature park and heritage centre all rolled into one. Evidence of Singapore’s past can also be found on Sentosa. Built in the 1880s, was the last bastion of the British forces during the Japanese invasion of Singapore. Since 2010, Sentosa is also home to Resorts World Sentosa, an integrated family resort comprising modern hotels, a Universal Studios theme park, a casino, and much more.
Opened in November 2008, the Marina Barrage is a 350-meter wide dam built across the Marina Channel to keep out seawater, forming Singapore’s 15th reservoir and the first in the heart of the city. Interweaving greenery with city chic, this architectural masterpiece houses stunning engineering equipment, an intriguing gallery and a green roof where visitors can take in the sweeping Singapore city skyline, or perhaps fly a kite.
Orchard Road got its name from the nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards or the plantations that the road led to in the mid-1800s. Today, Orchard Road is the main shopping belt in Singapore and is flanked by pedestrian malls, upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels. From 25 May to 22 July 2012, visitors in Singapore can enjoy tourist privileges and discounts at malls along Orchard Road during the Great Singapore Sale.
The Singapore Flyer rises to a height of 178 metres and offers a 360° panoramic view of Singapore, from the fast-changing Marina Bay that is transforming by the day, to the city skyline dominated by tall buildings. It is the vantage point to see and feel the vibrancy of the beautiful and colourful city from above.
MAJOR EVENTS IN 2012/2013
World Gourmet Summit, 23 April to 3 May 2012
Singapore’s most esteemed culinary event – World Gourmet Summit celebrates the world’s finest flavours, most extraordinary wines and unique dining experiences. An annual gastronomic extravaganza where gourmands are dazzled by an array of delectable discoveries, revel in the presence of world-renowned Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs and indulge in gastronomic delights – one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Singapore Arts Festival, 18 May to 2 June 2012
The Singapore Arts Festival began in 1977 as a national showcase celebrating the local arts of Singapore’s diverse communities. Over the last three decades, the Festival has played a symbiotic and catalytic role in development of the artistic and cultural life of Singapore. It has helped transform the city’s landscape, turning it into one of Asia’s major cultural capitals of today. It has influenced the work of artists and generated a growing public demand for the arts, spawning new capital platforms, events and movements that help underpin the lively cultural scene in present day Singapore. The Singapore Arts Festival has now become an international showcase of ideas, art and discourse with a distinctive Asian flavour, known for its bold and innovative discussions between vernacular and contemporary art.
The 11th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, 1 to 3 June 2012
The IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is a "Track One" inter-governmental security forum held annually by an independent think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies which is attended by defense ministers, permanent heads of ministries and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific states. The forum gets its name from the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore where it has been held since 2002. The summit serves to cultivate a sense of community among the most important policymakers in the defence and security community in the region. While primarily an inter-governmental meeting, the summit is also attended by legislators, academic experts, distinguished journalists and business delegates.
Singapore International Water Week, 1 to 5 July 2012
Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform for water solutions. It brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world. The event’s flagship programmes comprises of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo and Business Forums. In the face of global urbanisation and climate challenges, the 2012 theme “Water Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities” reinforces the pressing need to integrate sustainable water management strategies into the urban planning process. Singapore International Water Week 2012 provides the platform to address these challenges and explore opportunities in the integration of water solutions and urban planning in cities around the world. Held in conjunction with the 3rd World Cities Summit and the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, delegates, trade visitors and exhibitors will have more opportunities to promote practical and sustainable water solutions and tap into a vast network of public and private sector players in urban solutions.
2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix, 21 to 23 September 2012
The Singapore FORMULA ONE race broke ground in 2008 as the first night race in FORMULA ONE history. With a challenging street circuit that runs around some of ’s most well-loved landmarks, fans can expect high-octane racing against a beguiling city skyline. Besides the trackside excitement, parties, race-themed events, exhibitions, and music concerts like F1 Rocks add further colour to the unique experience.
Singapore International Energy Week, 22 to 25 October 2012
The Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) is an annual week-long platform for energy professionals, policymakers and commentators to discuss and share best practices and solutions within the global energy space. SIEW aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and discussions on pertinent energy-related issues, while simultaneously meeting the strategic objectives of Singapore's commitment to becoming a global leading energy hub and "living lab". At the same time, opportunities are set up for networking and deal-making among energy companies converging on the event, as well as to provide a platform to showcase innovative products and solutions in the energy marketplace.
Standard Chartered Marathon , 2 December 2012
Organised by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) is Singapore’s marquee annual international running event, which is held on the first Sunday of December. It has grown significantly since its inaugural race in 1982 and recently awarded the International Association of Athletics Federations Road Race Gold Label, becoming the first in South East Asia and only the 10th in to boast of this prestigious certification.