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Integrated Resorts

Singapore's two Integrated Resorts (IRs), namely the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa. Both highly-anticipated IRs are expected to be completely operational by 2012, with phased openings beginning in January 2010. An IR is a Singaporean euphemism for a casino-based vacation resort. Alas, the IRs don't revolve solely around gambling. Besides being the first casinos in a country more well-known for her conservative culture, the IRs aim to offer a complete lifestyle experience - everything from wholesome entertainment to luxurious stays.

The IRs have literally transformed the landscape of the Sentosa and Marina Bay areas. Besides being must-see tourist destinations, they will become important centres for huge conventions and meetings. Serious business people can choose from various indoor or outdoor venues for small or large conferences and corporate retreats.

With attractions like the Universal Studios Theme Park at the Resorts World Sentosa and the 200m high Sands Sky Park, the IRs certainly deliver on the entertainment front. Shopaholics will delight at the beautifully-crafted The Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands, offering all your favourite luxury and high-end labels. At the Resorts World Sentosa, choose from over 45 retail and 63 F&B outlets.

Here is a 3D flythrough view of the Marina Bay area where the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort will be situated. This video is a collaboration between the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Singaporean animation studio, Sixtrees Viz Comms Pte Ltd.