Pop Up beach in Marina Bay

Singapore’s first pop-up urban beach appeared in the heart of Marina Bay yesterday, complete with a pool, palm trees and a beach bar.

The pool at the 50m-by-50m beach will have activities such as stand-up paddling, and the beach can hold up to about 250 people.

The initiative by DBS Bank aims to transform Singapore’s new financial district and to draw more people to the bay to watch the 28th SEA Games boat and sailing races.

It said creating a man-made beach was “no mean feat” – 28,000kg of sand was used and the work took 300 hours.

In addition to SEA Games events, the DBS Marina Regatta – an annual water sports festival – will also see an estimated 2,500 paddlers competing across nine categories.

The beach will be at The Promontory@Marina Bay this weekend.

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/pop-down-pop-beach#sthash.lHagruSt.dpuf

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