Singapore Dressed Up To Party Like It's 2019 For F1 Return
Muhammad Irfan Published September 27, 2022 | 12:00 PM
Singapore, Sept 27 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Sep, 2022 ) :With tickets selling fast and party suites costing up to $70,000 a night, Singapore is putting the pedal to the metal when it hosts Asia's first Formula One race this weekend since the pandemic.
Adding to the party atmosphere, Red Bull's Max Verstappen could retain his world title on the floodlit street circuit around the Marina Bay district.
But one of the most glamorous races on the F1 Calendar has always been about more than just the racing.
Away from the track, the city-state will be letting its hair down with concerts by Westlife, Black Eyed Peas and Suede, plus American rapper Fatman Scoop and Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens.
More upscale parties are boasting caviar and champagne on the menu, and diners can dig into an F1-themed "Roaring Dinner Feast" and "Fuel Up Brunch".
"It signals to the world that Singapore is back in business and that our ability to stage world-class, high-quality events remains undimmed," Ong Ling Lee, an executive director at Singapore Tourism Board (STB), told AFP.
- 'Coming-out-of-Covid party' - Singapore has removed all Covid restrictions, except for mask-wearing inside buses and metro trains, after vaccinating most of its population of nearly six million and deciding to live with the virus.
"This is Singapore's grand coming-out-of-Covid party." Covid wrecked Singapore's economy with its deepest-ever recession in 2020 and in 2021 visitor arrivals plunged to 330,000, from 19.12 million in 2019.
"Formula One is also shining the spotlight on Asia in terms of who is seriously going back to business." Hotel bookings have been brisk, even with room rates estimated to be up to 50 percent higher than they were pre-Covid.
Prices have surged past Sg$2,000 a night, especially for those around the circuit.
- $70,000 party suite - For many, the socialising is as important as the racing.
F1 after-party specialist Amber Lounge has a "Noir Suite" for up to 25 people at the five-star Fullerton Bay Hotel costing Sg$100,000 a night. The hotel's F1-inspired dishes include a "Pit Stop Cake".
The nearby Marina Bay Sands casino and hotel complex is offering a "Mandala Weekender", where guests can enjoy a variety of musical entertainment and parties.
US hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, Grammy-nominated artist Kelis and popular British drum and bass musicians Rudimental are among those featured.
"For me, it's not just about the race, I want to go around to see who is coming to the party, to see whether the buzz has come back," said Song, the economist.
"I think it's back with a vengeance."