Unique. This word best describes Singapore. A vibrant place, rich in contrast and colour, fused with a harmonious blend of ethnicity, cuisines, arts and architectures.
Singapore - small as it is - has an overflowing energy and exemplifies the best of both East and West.
In one breath, you can travel from the past to the future, from ethnic communities to big business centres, from serene landscape gardens to slick skyscrapers.
You may well need a visa to visit Singapore, depending on your nationality. Try the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Dubai for more information or log onto www.mfa.gov.sg for further details.
How to get there
Singapore Airlines is the official airline of the country, and one of the best. Call on 04 316 6888 or visit singaporeair.com for more information.
Where to stay
Singapore offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. They range from backpacker, budget, and youth hostels, to boutique and five-star hotels. Log onto www.visitsingapore.com to check hotels and availability.
Where to eat
You will find an endless variety of food, served hot or cold, at any hour of the day, in almost every corner of the island. You can try Golden Spoon Restaurant’s Chinese and Asian cuisine’s budget deal for only Dhs14 to Dhs18 on Seng Poh Lane or, if you want something a bit more upmarket, try the European and Asian delicacies of Broth Restaurant for around Dhs180 located at the heart of China Town - equally good value by Dubai standards.
What to do
Name it, and Singapore has it! Try these spots for size:
• Visit the Underwater World and view over 2500 marine animals, including the World's Largest Display of Sand Tiger Sharks. All for only Dhs10 for adults and Dhs6 for children.
• If you want family fun then you can visit the Singapore Zoo.
• Visit to Chinatown (the original site) where Chinese immigrants lived, worked and played. Much of Chinatown has recently been renovated, but their traditions and much of the architecture have survived the test of time.
• Embark on a shopping spree. Start at Orchard Road, an ultimate shopping paradise, bursting with the latest lifestyle and fashion trends from all over the world. Visit Singapore's home grown outlet, Tangs, or check out hip and trendy fashion apparel at Far East Plaza and The Heeren.
• Move on to the Marina Bay area for more uninterrupted shopping, stretching from Raffles City to Citylink Mall and from Suntec City to Marina Square/Millenia Walk. The superb interconnectivity between the six malls and its many retail shops promises many pleasurable hours of retail therapy.
An efficient public transportation network of taxis, buses and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system ensures that getting from point A to point B is hassle-free and extremely affordable.