The 31st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
20-24 July 2008, Singapore

Singapore, The Garden City

Location: Situated at one of the most important crossroads of the world, Singapore is a fusion of East and West, modernity and old world charm. When you meet in New Asia Singapore, you are at the centre for business and pleasure. Singapore represents a blend of cultures, customs and cuisines that is as diverse as it is captivating.

Climate: Singapore has a tropical climate, with warm days and balmy nights all year round. Temperatures range from a low of 24 degrees celsius to a high of 31 degrees celsius everyday, and relative humidity is high, especially in the early morning hours.

Clothing: For your comfort, bring light summer wear to Singapore. Blouses, lightweight slacks or summer dresses are ideal for ladies, while for men, open-neck shirts and slacks are all that's needed. There is air-conditioning in most of the buildings, so those sensitive to changes in temperatures might want to bring along an extra layer.

People: What makes Singapore such a special destination is the multi-cultural mix of people. The population is just over 4 million, and around 77.2% are Chinese, 14.1% Malay and 7.4% Indian. The remaining 1.3% comprises people from all over the world who have chosen to make Singapore their home. Singapore's many races live together in harmony, united by the motto, Many races, one Singapore, and it is this ethnic diversity that is one of Singapore's strengths.

Language: Singaporeans speak a variety of languages and dialects amongst family and friends, but English is a common language spoken by all. Visitors will find English used everywhere they go. Signs in Singapore are also written in English.