Sparkling new global life­style hub re­mains lo­cal at heart

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Jewel Changi Air­port (Jewel) - the mam­moth 10-storey de­vel­op­ment at Changi Air­port - is set to open in 2019, and it is al­ready poised to be the big­gest boost to Sin­ga­pore’s tourism sec­tor for the year. There has been im­mense hype around the 280 re­tail and din­ing out­lets at Jewel, such as Amer­i­can burger joint Shake Shack and the only Pokemon Cen­ter mer­chan­dise store out­side of Ja­pan, but de­spite the as­sem­blage of in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned brands at Jewel, the life­style des­ti­na­tion re­mains de­cid­edly lo­cal at heart. En­twined with the build­ing’s glis­ten­ing dome-shaped struc­ture is an abun­dance of green­ery - in­clud­ing a sprawl­ing 14,000 square me­ter park on its top­most level re­plete with hedge maze and leisurely gar­dens, as well as a jaw-drop­ping 40 me­tres tall in­door wa­ter­fall that trans­forms into a light-and-sound show by night - a clear nod to Sin­ga­pore’s sta­tus as a gar­den city. Aside from for­eign brands, Jewel has also recog­nised the op­por­tu­nity to show­case some of Sin­ga­pore’s best tal­ents and cre­ations to in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers, re­sult­ing in a fair mix of lo­cal stores and fa­mil­iar brands. Lo­cal de­sign store and one-stop-shop for all things cute, Nai­ise Iconic will open an out­let at Jewel, along­side Tiger Beer’s first ever Tiger­street Lab, which of­fers up sea­sonal brews and mix­tures to those look­ing for a tasty draft. Lo­cal gas­tronomer Vi­o­let Oon is also set to open her largest restau­rant, serv­ing up the best of Sin­ga­porean cui­sine in a homely, fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment. Though Jewel was built to bol­ster Sin­ga­pore’s bustling main air­port, the sheer am­bi­tious­ness of the de­vel­op­ment will surely draw vis­i­tors to Sin­ga­pore, if not just to ex­pe­ri­ence the won­drous gem.

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