Singapore is a major economic hub. It’s one of the largest financial centres in the world and is a hugely attractive place to do business.
Situ’s serviced apartments in Singapore are designed to be a home-away-from-home while you do business here, providing you with a treasured private space and an unparalleled level of comfort, security, and independence. There are smart spaces with dedicated working areas as well as luxury serviced apartments in Singapore.
Situ has a range of accommodation in Singapore that is situated in some of the most vibrant parts of the city, close to local amenities. Most have cable/satellite TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, fully-equipped kitchens, as well as on-site parking. Daily housekeeping and laundry services are also available in many of our apartments.
Aparthotels in Singapore also offer on-site receptions and often a gym and business meeting rooms.
Situ’s corporate serviced apartments in Singapore offer spacious dining and living rooms, making it easy to receive family and friends or business colleagues and to make the most of your trip.
Singapore is an island nation in south-east Asia, at the southern tip of Malaysia. It is often described as a city-state. There are technically several cities in the country; with the capital city also called Singapore. This largest city is home to around 3.5 million of the nation’s 5.7 million inhabitants.
Singapore is 197 miles southeast of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. It’s also just 36 miles north of the Equator.
The official currency here is the dollar, with one dollar divided into 100 cents.
In Singapore, the official languages are English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. English and Mandarin are both spoken as a first language by more than one-third of the population. English is the most widely spoken language amongst the under-50s and in the nation’s business community. More than 40% of Singapore residents were born overseas.
It’s generally a safe place to visit, and downtown Singapore has been described as the ‘cleanest city in the world’. There are flights to Singapore from all over the world, and an efficient and modern bus and metro rail network to help you get around.
Business in Singapore
Singapore is regarded as one of the world's top five financial centres. The World Economic Forum has described this city-state as the most open business centre in the world.
The Government is keen to establish the nation as a major player on the global stage. It offers a low corporate tax rate and tax exemptions for start-up businesses. This nation of little more than five million people now ranks as one of the 40 largest national economies worldwide.
Several factors have helped Singapore establish itself as a global economic powerhouse. These are its favourable taxation system, free trade policies, and success in stamping out corruption; as well as a well-educated workforce, and English being the language of business.
Besides financial services, significant business sectors in Singapore include real estate, telecommunications, logistics, tourism, retail, construction, healthcare, and electronics.
As you might expect, there are a large number of well-known international companies to be found here. These include Shell, Google, Amazon, Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, J.P. Morgan, Accenture, KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, Citi, HSBC, Barclays, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, and Procter & Gamble.
Business networking opportunities in Singapore are offered by organisations such as:
- The Federation of Business and Professional Women (Singapore) - this aims to develop the potential of local businesswomen through activities such as mentoring, skills development, and networking;
- Business In Singapore - here members share information, business leads and other opportunities with one another;
- BNI Singapore – where members can share ideas with one another and obtain referrals; and
- the Chambers of Commerce of various countries in Singapore.
Those relocating here can choose from Situ’s range of great apartments in Singapore for expats. These allow you to settle into your new job and local area while you look for longer-term accommodation.
In tropical Singapore, there’s a wealth of superb plant life to be seen. Indeed, the large rainforest of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is to be found just eight miles from the city centre. Gardens By the Bay has a treetop walk and an indoor waterfall that is 35 metres high.
The Botanic Gardens are the only tropical botanical gardens in the world to have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status – highlights here include the artistic Bonsai Garden and the 1,000 orchid species to be found in the National Orchid Garden. The Night Safari, Singapore is a great attraction. It’s a nocturnal wildlife park and part of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Singapore also boasts a fine National Gallery, with 9,000 works showcasing the best contemporary art from across south-east Asia.
There are also some eye-catching outdoor art installations. On the promenade at Marina Bay in Singapore, you’ll find the nine-metre-high Merlion sculpture, which is half-lion, half-fish. In fact, Marina Bay is one of the main hubs of Singapore, where there’s a lot happening at any time of year. You’ll find some of the best restaurants and diners in the city here, from Michelin-starred establishments to independent eateries.
Of course, the flexibility of choosing self-catering accommodation in Singapore means that you can eat out as well as stay in and cook up a treat in your own fully-equipped kitchen.
In this multicultural area, you’ll find a wealth of exquisitely designed religious buildings. Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Buddhist building in the city and is famed for its impressive sculptures. St Andrews’s Cathedral boasts superb neo-Gothic architecture and an imposing narrow spire.
In November, the festival of Deepavali in Singapore is not to be missed. This Hindu festival is one of Singapore’s main cultural festivals and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. It is celebrated in Hindu homes across Singapore and in the city itself.
Whatever you choose to do here, staying in a Situ serviced apartment in Singapore will allow you to make the most of your trip.
Changi Airport is a busy air terminal with direct flights to almost 100 cities, including Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Dubai, Amsterdam, New Delhi, Mumbai, Shanghai, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. Changi Airport is 12 miles north-east of downtown Singapore and there are excellent transport links.
Singapore has a superb metro rail system known as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). The six lines cover almost all areas of the main island, including the Changi Airport district. These are complemented by two Light Rapid Transit (LRT) lines. There are around 150 stations in all. Trains might run as frequently as every two minutes at peak times, and no less than every seven minutes at other times. The system operates between 5.30am and midnight.
There are also trains to Johor Bahru, which is just across the narrow neck of water that separates Malaysia and Singapore. From Johor Bahru you have access to the Malaysian rail network.
Singapore has almost 400 bus routes covering all areas of the 300-square-mile main island. On some routes, such as the airport link, buses might be as frequent as every eight minutes.