The lifestyle complex opened its doors for the first time today for a sneak preview
11 April 2019 – Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) was unveiled today, with Singaporean residents given a first sneak peek into the one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination. The 135,700 sqm complex, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, features a distinctive dome-shaped façade.
Officially opening to the public on Wednesday 17 April 2019, more than four years after ground was broken on the development in December 2014, Jewel will offer travellers and visitors unique attractions, extensive shopping and dining experiences, as well as airport and accommodation facilities.
Ms Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer of Jewel Changi Airport Devt, said, “The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World’. The unique proposition of world-class shopping and dining, seamlessly integrated with lush greenery, fulfils the needs of increasingly discerning travellers for a meaningful and experiential journey, even for brief layovers.”
The majestic 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, will greet visitors upon entering Jewel. Surrounding it are the manicured grounds of the Shiseido Forest Valley. Play attractions such as the Manulife Sky Nets, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze and Discovery Slides were designed to blend into the unique indoor garden environment and will open on 10 June 2019.
Multiple retailing formats are present in Jewel, including duplexes, outdoor terraces and spaces within the Canopy Park on the topmost level. Visitors can look forward to a slew of long-awaited new-to-Singapore brands including Emack & Bolio’s, JW360˚, Lavender, OYSHO and Pokémon Center Singapore. Jewel also has a dedicated retail cluster of homegrown brands on Level 1 meant to be a one-stop shop for travellers looking to bring home a piece of Singapore.
Jewel will also house the first YOTELAIR property in Asia. With smartly-designed cabins that can be booked for a minimum of four hours, it is ideal for short daytime layovers or overnight stays. YOTELAIR also features time-saving airline style self-check-in kiosks that will facilitate a hassle-free check-in process.
Whether transiting through Changi Airport or visiting Jewel in the final hours of a trip to Singapore, Brits travelling on the 54 weekly services between the UK and Singapore will be able to experience Jewel Changi Airport. Directly connected to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, Jewel will offer a baggage storage service and early check-in counters and kiosks, to ensure travellers have a worry-free experience while they shop, dine, relax and play.
Enhancement of capacity and leisure offerings at Changi Airport
A hallmark of Changi Airport’s growth is its commitment to innovation. Driven by this spirit of progress, Changi Airport Group continues to reimagine the modern airport amidst intensifying competition on the global airports landscape and changing traveller habits and preferences.
In conjunction with the development of Jewel, Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 has also been expanded to increase capacity by another three million passenger movements per year. This brings the airport’s total capacity to 85 million, ensuring that it remains well placed to support the growth of air travel in the region.
Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chairman of Jewel Changi Airport Devt. Pte. Ltd., and Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group, said, “We are delighted to see the completion of Changi Airport’s new jewel, which we hope will contribute to many more memorable Changi experiences for our passengers. Jewel Changi Airport is a valuable addition to Singapore’s world-class tourism attractions and aviation facilities. We look forward to welcoming the world to Jewel, whether they are travelling to or through Singapore.”
The opening of Jewel further increases the airport’s wide range of shopping, dining and accommodation offerings. Changi Airport’s existing terminals house 400 retailers and 140 food and beverage outlets. With Jewel, another 280 shops and eateries are added, bringing the total number of shopping and dining offerings to 820. As for accommodation offerings, there are currently a total of 780 rooms in the transit hotels and Crowne Plaza Hotel combined. With YOTELAIR opening within the Jewel complex, a further 130 rooms are now available, bringing the total number of rooms to 910.