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Changi Airport Singapore’s huge new Jewel hub opens

April 15, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Changi Airport Singapore (the world’s best airport for the past seven years, according to the Skytrax World Airport Awards) will this Wednesday take itself to a new level with the official opening of Jewel, its huge new hub, five years in the making and crowned by the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

The futuristic seven-storey waterfall – officially titled the HSBC Rain Vortex – could blend smoothly into the film Avatar. Beyond it, footage of Jewel shows it to have everything travellers might want – which is Changi’s traditional formula for success.

Apart from name-brand shopping outlets, there are touches like Yotelair, a 130-room hotel on Jewel’s fourth floor, where you can stay between flights. The minimum stay is four hours, costing SGD 80 (about AUD 82) or you can stay longer or overnight.

It’s the first Yotelair property in Asia, but Changi has always offered something like this – a thoughtful touch appreciated by many weary travellers, who keep voting the airport best in the world. Yotelair offers 130 smartly-designed cabins in Premium, Accessible and Family classes, “inspired by luxury first class aircraft design”. Each cabin has a flat-screen TV, en-suite bathroom and shower, a pull-out workstation and free super-fast WiFi.


Jewel’s centrepiece, the HSBC Rain Vortex

Alongside Jewel, Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 has been expanded to increase capacity by another 3 million passenger movements a year, bringing the airport’s total capacity to 85 million. Passengers will find early check-in counters and kiosks, a baggage storage service and the Changi Lounge, a 150-seat place to relax, with shower facilities and seamless transfers for passengers connecting to and from cruise and ferry services.

The video clip below gives you the highlights of Jewel in just 48 seconds:

Centrepiece of Jewel is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall – the HSBC Rain Vortex. Banking and financial services giant HSBC has taken the naming rights for the next five years.

The 40-metre waterfall cascades from the roof of Jewel’s glass and steel façade, streaming down seven floors to the basement, a striking sight from every floor. It’s the focus of a sound and light show, running from 8.30pm to 12.30am daily at hourly intervals.

Jewel Changi Airport (as the new complex is officially named) covers 135,700 square metres. To put that size in perspective, it is about 7.5 times the size of the Sydney Opera House.

The official video below, lasting about 90 seconds, shows where Jewel fits in the overall picture at the airport and gives highlights:

Jewel (standing on the site of the former Terminal 1 open-air carpark) was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. It features a distinctive dome-shaped façade.

“The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World’,” Jewel Changi Airport Development chief executive, Hung Jean, commented.

Lush greenery surrounds the world’s tallest indoor waterfall

The concept blends world-class shopping and dining with lush greenery.

  • Visitors to Jewel can look forward to a slew of new-to-Singapore brands including Emack & Bolio’s, JW360 ̊, Lavender, OYSHO and Pokémon Centre Singapore. Established favourites include In Good Company, Supermama and Tiger Street Lab.
  • For lovers of gaming, the Changi Experience Studio on Level 4 will present the virtual world of Changi Airport with interactive games, projection experiences, immersive shows and gallery exhibits.
  • Surrounding the HSBC Rain Vortex lie the manicured grounds of the Shiseido Forest Valley. Play attractions – including Manulife Sky Nets (giant trampolines suspended in mid-air), Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze and Discovery Slides – will open on 10 June 2019.

Yotel Singapore Changi Airport cabin ‘inspired by luxury first class aircraft design’

Changi Airport is the world’s seventh busiest airport for international traffic. It handled a record 65.6 million passenger movements and 2.15 million tonnes of airfreight in 2018. The airport has 400 retail and service stores, as well as 140 food and beverage outlets. It is served by over 100 airlines connecting 400 cities worldwide.

Written by Peter Needham

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