Singapore – The Asian Hotspot

Singapore Chinatown street scene with old shophouses and Chinese New Year decorations. Crowds of people gathering for Chinese New Year carnival.

Home to glistening skyscrapers, wide open green spaces, historic temples and world-class restaurants, this cosmopolitan city has it all. Just seven hours from Dubai you will find this Asian hotspot offering an unforgettable shopping experience. From the minute you step off the plane into the luxury Changi International airport you will want to flex your credit card to enjoy complimentary lounge access upon arrival for you and a guest. Once settled into the hotel, the first stop must be a walk down the legendary Orchard Road which will awaken your retail senses with row upon row of malls packed with on-trend brands and catwalk couture. Indulge in retail therapy to your heart’s content and use a credit card that has no fees on overseas spend to pay for your purchases. The Bugis Street Market has an array of books and jewellery you won’t find anywhere else in the world, or hunt down unusual antiques and Chinese delicacies in Chinatown.

• Best for: Retail therapy

• Explore: The Botanical Gardens and Gardens by the Bay

Singapore luxury ‘car vending machine’ dispenses Ferraris, Bentleys

A futuristic 15-story showroom in Singapore dubbed the “world’s largest luxury car vending machine,” has opened offering customers million-dollar supercars, including Ferraris, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Porsches.

The facility built by used car dealer Autobahn Motors (ABM) simulates a “fish-bone” system capable of minimizing wind resistance. About 60 luxury cars are displayed in its illuminated showcase.

Vehicles on offer run from modern luxury sports cars to classics, including a 1955 Morgan Plus 4.

According to the company, customers on the ground floor choose from a touchscreen display which car they want to see. The car arrives within one to two minutes using an advanced vehicle retrieval system.

The vending machine format aims to make efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition, said ABM General Manager Gary Hong.

“We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative,” he told Reuters, adding that developers have shown interest in using the company’s Automotive Inventory Management System for parking services.

US company Carvana also uses vending machine-like towers to sell used cars. In March, it opened an eight-floor facility that holds up to 30 cars in San Antonio, Texas. In total, the company has four locations across the United States, with the first car vending machine opened in late 2015. Carvana customers can drop a coin in the slot and pick up their new purchases at the vending machines or have the cars delivered directly to their door.