Tuesday 24 April 2018

Singapore is taking extraordinary measures to keep the 'best airport in the world' title

For the fifth consecutive year, Singapore's Changi International has been named the best airport in the world by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax. The mega hub has long been praised by travelers for its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, and luxurious amenities.

Since 2014, Changi has taken extraordinary measures to maintain its place as the world's best airport. At the heart of its plan is a $1.7 billion mixed-use facility called the Jewel. The 1.4 million sq.-ft. complex features a series of forest-like gardens, an indoor waterfall, a hotel, as well as hundreds of dining and shop options.

"Not only will Jewel capture the hearts and minds of travelers and boost Singapore’s appeal as a transit hub, it will enhance the Changi Airport experience for our passengers and visitors," Jewel Changi Airport Development CEO Jean Hung said in a statement.

Have a closer look at the Jewel Changi Airport.

The Jewel is located outside of Changi's Terminal 1 in space once used for airport parking.

The facility has been under construction since 2014 and is expected to open to the public in early 2019.

The Jewel consists of 10 levels. Half of which are below ground.

This includes 130 hotel rooms along with more than 300 dining and shopping outlets.

On the top level of the Jewel is the Canopy Park.

It's one of the Jewel's three major attractions along with a 131-ft indoor waterfall called the Rain Vortex and a five-story-tall garden called Forest Valley.

According to the Jewel's builders, the Rain Vortex is the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

Canopy Park is divided into several sections including a botanical garden,...

... A nature walk with animal-shaped topiary, and ...

... A pair of hedge mazes.

In addition, the Canopy Park features a pair of 'Sky Nets' suspended 26 ft. and 82 ft above ground.

The Discovery Slide is an art sculpture that doubles as a children's' slide. It is also a great viewing gallery to see the Rain Vortex and Forest Valley.

The glass-bottom Canopy Bridge sits 75 ft. in the air.

The Canopy Bridge and other sections of the park emit puffs of mist to give children the illusion of playing among the clouds.

(Source: BI)

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