Marina Bay is a bay near Central Area in the southern part of Singapore, and lies to the east of the Downtown Core.

Master Plan for Marina BayEdit

The URA Master Plan for Marina Bay aims to encourage a mix of uses for this area, including commercial, residential, hotel and entertainment.

The Singapore government also spent $35 million to complete the 3.5 km Waterfront Promenade around Marina Bay.[1] It includes a new eco-friendly visitor centre and The Helix linking Bayfront to Marina Centre where the Youth Olympic Park is located. The Promontory @ Marina Bay (formerly Central Promontory Site) will be used as an interim event space and public space used for activities such as theatres and carnivals.[2]


In 1969, land reclamation work to create 360 hectares of prime waterfront site began at Marina Bay. The reclaimed land forms what is today the Marina Centre and Marina South areas, and the reclamation work was completed in 1992.[3][4] [5] In the reclamation process, Telok Ayer Basin and Inner Roads was removed from the map by reclaiming land, while the Singapore River's mouth now flows into the bay instead of directly into the sea. The long term visions for the Marina Bay area was first articulated in the 1983 Master Plan by the URA, with the waterfront areas being deliberately kept open to the public.[3] In 1988, the draft plan for Marina Bay was presented to the public in a two-week exhibition where it set out the objectives for the development, among which are optimising the waterfront location and creating a distinctive image with international landmarks that could become a focal point for the city.[6]

In the movie, Independence Day: Resurgence, Marina Bay was destroyed as an alien spacecraft.

Events at Marina BayEdit

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The Formula One Singapore Grand Prix took place on 28 September 2008 on a street circuit through Marina Bay, staging at night with the track fully floodlit.

Since its construction in 2007, The Float @ Marina Bay has hosted events such as the National Day Parade, New Year’s Eve Countdown,[7] Singapore Fireworks Celebrations, as well as served as a spectator stand for the inaugural Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. The world’s largest floating stadium played host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[8]

The area also hosts the annual iLight @ Marina Bay, a sustainable light art festival which is the ligh tshow.


Common Services TunnelEdit

Singapore is the second Asian country after Japan to implement a comprehensive Common Services Tunnel system to distribute various utility services to all developments in Marina Bay. The network of purpose-built tunnels houses water pipes, electrical and telecommunication cables and other utility services underground. CST not only improves reliability of services supplies and allows easy maintenance and new installations, it also has 100% emergency backup services and the capacity for expansion to meet changing utility needs.[9]

Water managementEdit

In 2004, the Public Utilities Board publicly announced plans to construct a new downtown reservoir by damming the Marina Channel. This barrage was completed in 2008. Known as the Marina Barrage, it turned Marina Bay and the Kallang Basin into a confined freshwater reservoir with limited access to marine transportation to regulate the water quality. The new reservoir provides another source of drinking water for Singapore, as well as a stable water level for a variety of water activities and events. The barrage will also prevent flooding in the Chinatown area.


There are currently 7 rail stations: City Hall, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Bayfront, Downtown, Esplanade and Promenade serving Marina Bay. By 2020, the 360 hectares Marina Bay will boast a comprehensive transport network as Singapore's most rail-connected district.[10] The first three new MRT lines will open between 2012 and 2014. By 2018, the Marina Bay district will have more than six MRT stations, all no more than five minutes of each other. A comprehensive pedestrian network including shady sidewalks, covered walkways, underground and second-storey links will ensure all-weather protection and seamless connectivity between developments and MRT stations.[11]

Within greater Marina Bay, water taxis will even double up as an alternative mode of transportation.

Other places of interestEdit

Gardens by the BayEdit

Main article: Gardens by the Bay

The 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay site is made up of Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden across the mouth of the Singapore River. All three gardens will be interconnected via a series of pedestrian bridges to form a larger loop along the whole waterfront and linked to surrounding developments, open public spaces, transport nodes and attractions.

Marina Bay City GalleryEdit

Completed in July 2010, the Marina Bay City Gallery is an eco-friendly building by the waterfront promenade along Marina Boulevard. The gallery showcases a large-scale model of Marina Bay.

Waterfront PromenadeEdit

A 3.5 km waterfront promenade linking the attractions at the Marina Centre, Collyer Quay and Bayfront areas was completed in 2010.

Key developmentsEdit


Marina Bay SMC is a single member constituency that exists in 2011 to present time, which encompasses the ITE College South, Marina Bay Sands, Marina South Pier and Gardens by the Bay.

See alsoEdit


  1. “$35m for Marina Bay waterfront promenade”. Asiaone. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  2. "Downtown @ Marina Bay". URA. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
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  7. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2010/11
  8. "Singapore YOG 2010 Fan Site". Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  9. "State-of-the-art infrastructure in place at Marina Bay". Urban Redevelopment Authority. 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  10. "5 MRT lines to Marina Bay". The Straits Times. 2010-05-24 Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  11. "Seamless Connectivity". Marina Bay Singapore. 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-03.

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