Dubai to Singapore

Enjoy colour, culture and thread count in this South-East Asian dynamo


The old: Newton Circus
This open-air food court is great fun to walk round and pick up local delicacies here and there. Keep an eye out for the signs with the letters A, B, C or D on them: these indicate the cleanliness of each stall.
500 Clemenceau Avenue North

The new: Chatterbox
While in Singapore you have to try a plate of Hainanese chicken rice at Chatterbox: marvellously oiled rice with softly poached chicken and a trio of condiments, all with a dazzling view of Orchard Road from 38 floors up.
Meritus Mandarin Hotel, 333 Orchard Road (+65 6831 6291;


The old: Raffles Hotel
Open since 1887, the old-world style of Raffles Hotel, with its tropical suites and open courtyards, is a shining example of Singapore’s colonial past. All suites come with a personal butler service for that touch of old-school luxury.
1 Beach Road (+65 6431 6156;

The new: New Majestic Hotel
Mirrored ceilings, suspended four-poster beds and local pop art paintings: a night at the New Majestic is proof that creativity thrives in Singapore. All 30 rooms are individually designed – but each comes with a plasma TV, Kiehl’s toiletries and 280-count bed sheets, of course.
31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road (+65 6511 4700;


The old: Night Safari
Mountain deer caught in spotlights, lions having their dinner, rhinos bathing and bats flapping overhead; all in a natural habitat, beautifully lit and with minimal barriers. The adventurous can even camp overnight on the premises.
80 Mandai Lake Riad (+65 6269 3411;

The new: Pulau Ubin
Take a boat from Changi Village to Pulau Ubin island to walk or cycle around its theatre, shrine and wetlands. You can also camp (permits are not required) or shack up at the Marina Country Club.
Ubin Resort (+65 6388 8388; if you want to stay overnight

Getting there

Fly to Singapore from Dubai with Singapore Airlines (, currently priced at Dhs2,455 return throughout the summer.

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