Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel), a new retail and leisure complex at Singapore Changi Airport, opened its doors today (April 11) to give select members of public a sneak peek ahead its full opening later this year.
Built on the site of the former Terminal 1 (T1) open air parking lot, the 135,700m² (1,460,000ft²) facility was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and features a distinctive dome-shaped façade.
It will offer both local residents and international visitors a multi-faceted experience that includes attractions and unique shopping and dining concepts, as well as airport and accommodation facilities.
Hung Jean, CEO, Jewel Changi Airport Development, 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 travelers for a meaningful and experiential journey, even for brief layovers.
“Moreover, by providing innovative and fresh experiences for Singapore residents and working professionals in its vicinity, Jewel will invigorate Singapore’s eastern precincts and provide more opportunities for the public to enjoy time with family and friends.”
Visitors to Jewel can look forward to several new-to-Singapore brands including Emack & Bolio’s, JW360˚, Lavender, OYSHO and Pokémon Center Singapore. These stores will open alongside familiar homegrown favorites such as In Good Company, Supermama and Tiger Street Lab.
The 40m (130ft) 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 June 10, 2019.
Airport facilities have also been added in Jewel including early check-in kiosks, a baggage storage service and the Changi Lounge, a 150-seat lounge with shower facilities, offering seamless transfers for passengers connecting to and from cruise services.
Jewel will also house the first YotelAir property in Asia. With 130 smartly designed cabins that optimize space in its Premium, Accessible and Family cabins, these rooms can be booked for a minimum of four hours, ideal for short daytime layovers or overnight stays.
Lee Seow Hiang, chairman of Jewel Changi Airport Development, and CEO 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 traveling to or through Singapore.”