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First Apple store in the world sits on the water

Apple Marina Bay Sands, the first Apple store that sits on the water, will open soon to customers in the heart of Singapore.

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Apple’s third store in Singapore will be one of the world’s most unique: a glass sphere floating in the middle of Marina Bay, right at the heart of Singapore’s city center.

First Apple store in the world sits on the water

Apple is set to open its third store in Singapore, even as the retail and tourism sectors continue to be buffeted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement on Monday (Aug 24), the tech giant confirmed that its third store will open at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) “soon”, although it did not specify an opening date.

The Marina Bay Sands store features a sphere that floats on the waters of Marina Bay. The new store will be situated in the dome-like structure sitting on the water off MBS that was occupied by mega nightclub Avalon from 2011 to 2016, which took up a massive 17,000 sq ft area.

First Apple store in the world sits on the water

This third Apple outlet follows the opening of the first store in Singapore in 2017, located at Knightsbridge mall in Orchard Road, which was also the first in Southeast Asia.

Its second store in Singapore, located at Jewel Changi Airport, opened in July last year. The store offered customers the opportunity to pick up photography techniques through an exclusive session called The Magic of Jewel Changi Airport Photo Walk. The program has been suspended as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19.

“Apple Marina Bay Sands is coming soon to Singapore, celebrating the first Apple store in the world that sits on the water.”

an Apple spokesman said

“As with every Apple store around the world, Apple Marina Bay Sands will bring the best of Apple to our customers, at an iconic location in Singapore. We can’t wait to see you soon.”

Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook appeared to all but confirm the third store in his visit to the Republic last December, when he said Singapore “could use a third store“, as the Orchard Road one was “pretty full“.

First Apple store in the world sits on the water

According to Apple, the new store at Marina Bay Sands “will be at the heart of creativity, a place we’ve made for you to capture your ideas and passions. It will be a space for you to explore, connect, and create something new“.

Apple Marina Bay Sands is located at 2 Bayfront Avenue, B2-06, Singapore 018972.

First Apple store in the world sits on the water

Images by Jonathan Choe. Post updated with additional images on 24 August 2020.

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