THE much-anticipated Jewel Changi Airport, several years in the making since the project broke ground in 2014, will finally open its doors on April 17.
Jewel, with its distinctive dome-shaped, glass-and-steel facade, was designed by a consortium led by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. When the 10-storey development opens, an early check-in lounge, serving passengers of 26 airlines, and a left luggage service will be available on the passenger end.
More than 90 per cent of Jewel’s 280 retail stores and eateries are expected to be ready by April 17. Anchor tenants include Nike – with the largest store in South-east Asia – Marks & Spencer, Muji, Zara, Uniqlo, Shaw Theatres with IMAX and FairPrice Finest. Five Spice, the food court operated by Food Junction, will also feature over 10 local brands, such as Faai Di by Ka-Soh and Fu Lin Yong Tofu, which have more than 20 years of culinary heritage.
The Canopy Park and its attractions, situated at the topmost level of Jewel, will open in mid-2019. Highlights include a five-storey garden with 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs, as well as two walking trails. There is also a 40m-high Rain Vortex – the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Jewel will be open for public viewing from April 11-16, but visitors are required to register online for the preview. A total of about 500,000 tickets will be available. [TTG Asia/photo special]