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Singapore - Marina Bay Circuit

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  • In Marina Bay Formula 1 engines are heating up. Hustle and bustle, the enthused crowd surges towards the bleachers in order to get a good view over the spectacle of the season’s one and only night-race. Just a stone’s throw further away it’s a different setting: calmness, relief, sublimity. On top of the abundant roof-deck of the Marina Bay Sands Resort locals and luxury guests sprawl on sun loungers and refresh themselves in the 500 feet infinity pool – 57 stories above the ground. And just another bit further, workmen are on their go in one of the world’s biggest harbors. 
    Singapore – a city in flux: breathless, rapid, determined. Within just a bunch of decades the tiger economy at the very south tip of the Malaysian peninsula between India and China has evolved to a world metropolis. An allegory for the rise of the East Singapore today is known to be the state with the most globalized population worldwide. It took it no more than 40 years to become the wealthiest nation in Asia, it boasts of an economic growth rate of 15 percent, it offers award-winning logistics and thanks to all these benefits it attracts people, assets and companies from all over the world with a magnetic strength. 
  • For those who made it there – both in an actual and a literal sense – it’s all about enjoying their destination. Some celebrate their success with luxury shopping in one of the giant, splendid malls, others meet up early in the morning for Yoga and Tai Chi at the seaside and some are looking for the ultimate spectacle: whenever Formula 1 is in the city downtown Singapore goes crazy and becomes a racer’s illuminated paradise. Since 2008 the drivers have been battling each other in the narrow streets – a stand out selling point by its unique setting alone. Those, who feel Monte Carlo to be too common, make the trip over to Singapore and become part of the checkered mass of people. 80 percent of the population is Chinese, 10 percent is Malayan and the rest mixes up by Tamils and immigrants from all over the globe.
    Singapore attracts those who are successful today and those wanting to become successful tomorrow. Expansion is all over the place. Though, it’s not a product of hazard, but rather one of a set of wise decisions. In 1824 Great Britain founded Singapore as their commercial settlement – the first step towards the status of a metropolis. During World War II the city state went to the Japanese. In 1963 Malaysia celebrated its independency and two years later Singapore dared the step towards secession. Audacity, that paid off – from this point on it only knew one way: steeply rising. The rise has been both accompanied and enabled by a prospective policy, that early enough discovered Singapore’s potential and what it takes to make the very best out of it. There are other booming cities and states on this planet, tax heavens and growth markets, but what makes Singapore a better place is the constitutional legality, the transparency of politics, the open-mindedness for innovations, the constant willingness for reforms and the prosperous free market economy. In Singapore the device is: decision today, implementation tomorrow. Talking about the own site, people like to compare to Switzerland. And that is just legitimate: the GDP is just below the one of Germany.
    Today, Singapore is mostly considered as an important financial center for the entire Asian world, as a high-tech place and as a mecca of education. Therefore investors praise the excellent infrastructure, entrepreneurs the low level of bureaucracy, hoteliers the working effort of their employees and workers the high standard of living. To the western hemisphere Singapore is a toehold to Asia.
  • Still, wherever there is sun, there is also shadow. Not everything in Singapore keeps up to its promises. Those that are left behind by the rapid rise are most often the weakest of the society. Tough labor usually is done by Indians and Indonesians. Break the law and you will have to deal with corporal and capital punishment. Criticism, whether it is expressed by the opposition or the media, isn’t shattered like in other countries, but minimized though. Bottom line: rule of law, yes, human rights, not really.
    Whether Singapore’s economic boom in the near future will also lead to a full democratization remains to be seen. At end of a long weekend the Formula 1 parade moves on to its next destination. Luxury guests and harbor workers stay. Singapore’s breathtaking upswing is thanks to all the three of them.