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History of Marina Bay

Marina Bay is a waterfront neighbourhood situated in Singapore’s central region. Surrounding Marina Bay are Straits View, Marina South, Marina East, and the Downtown Core planning areas. The region known as Marina Bay spreads 360 hectares and is built in reclaimed land from the body of water in Marina South, Marina East and Marina Centre.

URA envisions the area as a work-live-play area, but it has been developed over the past years resulting in Singapore’s new downtown. Initially, Marina Bay was a place where ships ditched to allow passengers to board small boats that ferried them to Johnston’s Pier (Clifford Pier). Also, ships that were too big to pass the mouth of the Singapore River used to be anchored in the bay for offloading of foods to lighters or bumboats, followed by transfer of goods to godowns situated along the river bank.

Significant transformations in the bay trace back to the 70s where various land reclamation works happened, allowing the development of the East Coast Parkway (ECP). Land reclamation has resulted in new sites like Marina Centre, Marina South and Marina East forming a 660-hectare land known as Marina City.

In 1982, the government, through its initiative of cleaning up the waterways, relocated the lighters from the bay to new berths in Pasir Panjang Wharves. It laid out further plans in 1984 to reclaim more land that would result in today’s shore profile of Marina Bay.

The 1987 Marina Bay draft master plan envisioned the area as a waterfront setting to host national celebrations and public events, with Marina South acting as the focal point. The bay would be linked to its surroundings to form a continuous urban waterfront promenade around Marina Bay. More developments were lined up to transform Marina Bay into a water piazza by making it a 3.5 km long water promenade running from Clifford Pierall to Marina City Park.

In 1992, URA announced a development guide for the Downtown Core and the u-shaped area surrounding Marina Bay. The areas of Marina Centre, City Hall, the two sections of Marina Centre- Bayside and Central, as well as the CBD, are set to become the new downtown. Marina South’s two sections would be home to hotels, offices, entertainment facilities and housing properties facing Marina Bay.

Fast forward, Marina Bay is not just the first in Southeast Asia with a network of underground tunnels that house telecommunication and power cables, as well as water pipes. It enjoys excellent infrastructure enhanced by three MRT lines, including Marina Bay Station. Some of the remarkable landmarks found in the area include The Float @ Marina Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer and Youth Olympic Park.

Today, once a body of water for ships to dock, the region has transformed into an internationally recognised location. It is regarded as one of Singapore’s most luxurious and affluent areas, with high-end developments that attract locals and tourists worldwide. Marina Bay is desirable for homebuyers and property investors since entertainment, dining, and shopping destinations are within easy reach.