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LANGUAGE(s) SPOKEN

The official languages are English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Malay is the national language, while English is the language for government operations, law and major financial transactions. Most Singaporeans are at least bilingual, with many speaking English, some Malay and one or more dialects of Chinese.

AIRPORT

Changi International Airport services 80 airlines linking the island republic to 180 cities in 50 countries. With Changi Airport’s latest addition, Terminal 3, the airport will have an annual handling capacity of over 70 million passengers a year. It has been voted the world's best airport for the last eight years consecutively by Business Traveler and Executive Travel magazines. The airport has also won accolades for its modern  infrastructure, prompt ground handling and good design. It is also home to Singapore Airlines and its regional subsidiary, Silkair.

LIMO SERVICE

A chauffeured limousine service is available for all airport transfers and local transportation. This is coordinated through the Concierge. 

VOLTAGE

220 - 240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. Transformers are available for guests who need to convert voltage to 110 - 120 volts, 60 cycles per second. 

CURRENCY

The unit of currency in Singapore is the dollar. The current exchange rate is approximately $1.28 to US$1.

CLIMATE

Located just two degrees north of the Equator; Singapore enjoys warm, tropical weather that is relatively calm and consistent throughout the year. The average daily temperature is 26.7 degrees Celsius (about 80 degrees Fahrenheit), with a mean temperature of 30.8 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit). Rainfall is most abundant during the North-East monsoon season from November to January. Much of the rain falls in sudden showers. February is usually the sunniest month. The hottest months are June and August, when average temperatures are at their peak.

CITY STATE

Singapore consists of 63 islands, including the main island, which has an area of 683 sq km. The highest point is Bukit Timah at 166 meters (538 feet). The government of the Republic of Singapore is a Parliamentary Republic and the Prime Minister is Mr. Lee Hsien Loong (since 2004). The history of Singapore dates back to pre-14th century, at a time when it was part of the Sri Vijayan Empire and was known as Temasek. During the 14th century the island earned a new name Singa Pura or Lion City. 

SHOPPING HOURS

Daily 10:00am to 9:30pm 

WORKING HOURS

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

See more Singapore travel guide at here.