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10 things you didn’t know about Marina Bay Sands

By Farhan ShafieEvents - 19 June 2012 3:06 PM

10 things you didn’t know about Marina Bay Sands

It is Asia’s most popular integrated resort and a beacon of Singapore’s celebrated skyline.

And every Thursday at 9.30pm since 31 May, The Biography Channel has been giving viewers an unprecedented behind-the scenes look into the luxurious Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Singapore.

Pulling off gala events and accommodating celebrity guests like Kobe Bryant and Elton John are all in a day’s work for the men and women of MBS.

In ‘Marina Bay Sands 24/7’, an all-new eight part reality series, find out about some of these dedicated people as this programme reveals the inner workings of this extraordinary property through key characters whose job is to strive for perfection on a daily basis.

With unlimited access also come juicy insider scoops. We spill the beans on ten little-known nuggets of info about the famed IR:

1.  MBS’ 2,561-room hotel is the largest hotel in Singapore, the 6th largest in Asia and the 34th largest in the world. Talk about being a high-achiever!

 

Panoramic view of Sands SkyPark pool

2.  Sands SkyPark is home to the world’s largest elevated swimming pool, which holds 376,000 gallons of water—that’s almost one and a half million litres! If you drank a gallon a day (twice the daily “requirement” of 64 ounces) it would take you an entire millennia to finish the entire pool!

 

Panoramic view of Sands SkyPark and Marina Bay

3.  The Sands SkyPark had over 2.7 million visitors between its opening and the end of November 2011. That is the entire population of Rome, Pope and cardinals included.

'Wicked'

4.  More than 200,000 people watched ‘Wicked’ since it opened in December 2011, with 160 performances over 20 weeks to standing ovations. Elphaba is definitely the crowd-puller.

An exact replica and reconstruction of Titanic's Grand Staircase. Photo: Premier Exhibition, Inc
An exact replica and reconstruction of Titanic's Grand Staircase. Photo: Premier Exhibition, Inc

5.  Over 286,000 people visited ‘Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition’ during its six-month run at the ArtScience Museum, making this the most well attended museum exhibition in Singapore. Kate and Leo would have been proud.

6.  Marina Bay Sands uses approximately 36,000 key cards a month. Lined up they will stretch 306km—farther than the distance of seven full marathons. Phew!

7.  The ‘Heart of House’ is an underground labyrinth where over 9,000 MBS staff (or team members) begin their day. Equipped with locker facilities, a hi-tech wardrobe that sorts over 100,000 garments and its very own 7-Eleven convenience store, it is a bustling city within a city within a city!

8.  On a typical day, MBS staff consume 200kg of rice, 1,200kg of protein/meat and 1,500kg of veggies in the Team Members Dining Room. This is equivalent to the weight of a female Asian elephant, and we’re not talking the baby kind either.

9.  The Banquets team served their biggest dinner event in November 2011, an eight-course dinner for 5,040 guests. Compare that to William and Kate’s Royal Wedding, which had ‘only’ 1,900 guests.

10. Nearly 23,000 candidates were screened by the Recruitment Center from January to October in 2011; which is over 500 applicants a week! We’re talking some major hiring going on right here!