In the Heart of Nature – Crans-Montana

 

By Shereen Shabnam

The Swiss Alps have so much more to offer than just winter sports and snowy mountains. The destination has visitors all year round and is just as popular in the summer, when walking outside is easier with views of breathtaking nature and for outdoor sports.

This summer we headed out to Crans-Montana in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It is a ski resort that was created through the fusion of the two centers of Crans and Montana and is now a sought after destination for celebrities.

Other than hosting spectacular World Ski Championships, guests also come from far to Crans-Montana to enjoy the pop rock festival, bicycle racing and the Omega European Masters golf tournament.

Crans-Montana offers an impressive view of mountain peaks from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc and offers visitors luxury holiday retreats with expansive natural landscapes and panoramic views of the Valais Alps.

We were able to enjoy shopping in the quaint village shops, get high end luxury brands, walked near aromatic mountain forests, and along a lake, learnt first hand how to make cheese with a local farmer and tried our hand at golf with a talented golf trainer.

For panoramic views, visitors can take the gondolas from Crans-Montana to the top and enjoy places like the Plaine Morte Glacier, experience mountain rides such as the “Petit Bonvin”, the “Cry d’Err” or “Les Violettes, or just hike at their own pace.

Crans-Montana is perfect for family holidays as local parks and summer camps offer numerous activities like sledge runs, tobogganing, swings, drawing competitions, golf clinics at the “highest golf course in the world”, a fun Forest Adventure Park, lake walks, water sports, hike excursions, music festivals and amusement parks.

We visited the Beach Club, which had beach volleyball, banana boating on the lake and cable wakeboarding. We had coffee on the deckchairs watching the locals swim, enjoying meals with families and relax with board games.

Art enthusiasts can visit various museums and art galleries in Crans-Montana which has galleries dedicated to art fans and collectors having access to the works of internationally renowned artists as well as new talent.

Food in Crans-Montana was a delight. With mouth-watering sushi at our hotel’s Japanese restaurant, MiZUKI by Kakinuma’, raclette and fondue during the evenings.

Highlight was the gastronomic meal in the mountains at Chetzeron Hotel which was memorable at 2112 m. The menu included an “Alpine refined” flavoured cuisine from traditional Valais-based specialities to contemporary inspirations. We had great seafood at La Plage and even had Lebanese food for dinner, similar to what we would find in Dubai.

We stayed at the Guarda Golf Hotel & Residences located in the heart of the picturesque Crans-Montana. It was an intimate and elegant home for us with personalised service and it is clearly one of the finest luxury hotels in Switzerland being a member of Swiss Deluxe Hotels as well as of The Leading Hotels of the World. Our room had spectacular panoramic views of the Swiss Alps.

To get to Crans-Montana, we flew SWISS from Dubai, which was a comfortable and enjoyable arriving in Zurich in time to start our travel adventure in different parts of Switzerland using the Swiss Pass that allowed us to see many parts of beautiful Switzerland.

 

Silicon Central is set to be the retail destination of choice for neighbouring communities

The shopping mall and management division of Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International, Line Investments & Property LLC (LIP) boasts an impressive portfolio of malls through the Gulf and India. Moreover, with a strategic vision for future growth and development across the GCC, LIP reiterates its position as a renowned industry leader in offering the right kind of support to make any brand a sure-fire winner as it introduces its retail project in Silicon Oasis.

LIP’s latest development is Silicon Central in Dubai, a three-level retail and leisure destination that will provide an enhanced shopping experience to its neighbouring communities.

With a total of 220 stores in 81,500m2, Silicon Central will include a 9,000m2 hypermarket and a 7,800m2 department store, alongside a 35,500m2 array of retail shops and services that will offer a broad mix of brands tailored to ensure shoppers’ complete satisfaction.

Adding to the unique shopping experience, a diverse range of dining options will comprise of 24 casual restaurants and cafes as well as 21 food court units, making it the perfect place to catch up with friends and families in an enjoyable atmosphere or to enjoy a quick snack on the run.

A wide range of entertainment options are also on offer, including a 12-screen cinema, a 6,800m2 Family Entertainment Centre, incorporating a 2,000m2 New Generation Entertainment Centre for both kids and grownups to stay active, plus a 2,500m2 gym to keep the community in shape. It’s all about convenience and accessibility, with nothing forgotten, including 3,500 car parking spaces.

With such a broad range of options, Silicon Central is set to be the destination of choice for families and entertainment seekers throughout its immediate catchment area, which takes in a population of 500,000 people, and further afield.

LIP’s success and commitment to excellence have not gone unnoticed either, with the organisation picking up five awards at the Retail Congress MENA Awards 2019.

Held in the Ritz Carlton, DIFC, the Awards Ceremony honoured the most outstanding achievers in the shopping mall industry in the MENA region. LIP took part in the event together with entries from Mall of Um Al Quwain, Al Wahda Mall, Mushrif Mall, and Khalidiyah Mall, winning one gold and four silver awards in the following categories:

Design & Development

Mall of Um Al Quwain (Gold)

Net Operating Income (NOI) Enhancement

Al Wahda for Celebrity Visit (Silver)

Traditional Marketing:  Cause-Related Marketing

Al Wahda Mall for Operation Smile (Silver)

Traditional Marketing: Digital/Social Media

Khalidiyah Mall for Enhanced Website (Silver)

Traditional Marketing: Sales Promotion

Mushrif Mall for Talentology 2019 (Silver)

The winners of the Retail Congress MENA Awards 2019 were selected by a jury of regional and international industry experts in retail.

Mr. Salim MA, Director Lulu Group International  said, “Our vision is to enhance the retail experience for our customers and partners and receiving awards for all the malls that took part is a testimony that the Line Investments & Property team is committed to excellence in the new age initiatives and community events they bring to the malls.”

With unparalleled expertise stretching across every conceivable specialist field of endeavour, including location-sourcing, design, development, management and marketing, LIP is fully committed to being the preferred investment and property management company in the retail and real estate sector of the regions it operates in. It currently offers 360-degree retail solutions in 23 malls in six countries, with several further properties planned for the future in new cities and markets.

Anker Innovations’ eufy Security receives Innovative Home Security Technology of the Year award

Smart Home and security products from eufy security shines at the Transformational Leadership awards 2020

Anker Innovations’ eufy Security is delighted to receive the Innovative Home Security Technology of the Year award from tahawultech.com held virtually to celebrate the top technology leaders that have illustrated remarkable vision by helping enterprises and stakeholders navigate their way during the current period of uncertainty.

Faraz Mehdi, Regional Sales Head at Anker Innovations MEA said, “We are delighted to receive the Innovative Home Security Technology of the Year specially as eufy Security products have proven to be a hero brand by being the eyes on the ground for many families and businesses during the pandemic, including front liners who were separated from their families and away from their home over long periods of time.”

Faraz Mehdi

As travellers were stranded in different parts of the world, having eufy Security at home meant they could keep an eye on stranded properties, speak with elderly relatives or stay connected with colleagues at the office with a two-way communication as well as give instructions to staff when needed.

According to Syed Sameer, Senior Sales & Operation Manager of GCC, Eufy Security Smart Security changes the perception of security as you can monitor from anywhere and trigger alarm for unwanted intrusion instead of being tied down to a big screen in a room. Users can also use Design Motion alert as needed since we are living in an era of Digital Connect and Apps by using smart integration like Alexa, Google assistant & Apple home kit. It will enable the flexibility of voice command.

The eufy Security range includes 365 days of Battery life, weather proof (IP67), Encrypted Local storage for outdoor cameras, Pet & Human Alerts for indoor cameras and house entrance monitoring through video doorbells.

Eufy security products store, process, and calculate user data locally using military grade encryption and does not upload user data to the server, allowing users to control their own data.

The development of artificial intelligence has provided a wider space for technology and products. It uses deep learning algorithms to identify people and faces to remove false positives, and further optimizes the algorithm to identify vehicles, animals, and express delivery. Users can choose to configure preferences themselves.

Anker Innovations is known globally for new age connected, functional devices, security solutions and unique and innovative consumer products in smart home appliances.

 

THE LEGEND IN YOUR HOME

 

The most sought-after furniture and decorations characterized by inimitable refinement of Riva Yachts, the legendary shipyard. It offers the perfect style both for yacht owners and sea lovers to refresh the beach or lake house with original pieces, with the recognizable aquamarina touch and the timeless elegance of mahogany and steel.

 

Enjoy RoboVac G10’s multiple cleaning modes, mopping and auto-clean scheduling

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Cleaning is made effortless as Anker Innovations introduces the new eufy Robovac G10 Hybrid that takes on dust-busting around your home with multiple cleaning modes, mopping and auto-clean scheduling.

Faraz Mehdi, Regional Sales Head at Anker Innovations MEA said, “The new intelligent super slim Robovac G10 Hybrid is a quiet, self-charging robotic vacuum cleaner that cleans hard floors and carpets a lot easier and delivers the most powerful clean with the latest sweep and mop technology. It offers twice the efficiency of standard robotic cleaners.”

The intelligent RoboVac G10 Hybrid operates quietly and comes with Smart Dynamic Navigation, cleaning report cards, Wi-Fi, voice control and 2-in-1 sweep and mop for a sparkling clean. The self-charging RoboVac may be ultra-slim, but it’s packed with a 3-point cleaning system consisting of a suction inlet, rolling-brush and side-brush.

RoboVac G10 Hybrid

This lean cleaning Machine boasts 2000Pa of superior suction power clearing dirt, dust, and crumbs. The Super-Slim 2.85” body effortlessly glides under furniture and into hard to reach areas.

Users can give instructions by voice or using your phone via the EufyHome app, Siri, Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. Post sales, eufy also provides 12 Months Warranty, friendly and easy-to-reach support. It is available in all leading electronic stores and amazon.ae.

Eufy as a brand has a wide range of appliances like Robotic Vacuum Cleaners, Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner, Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaners, Smart Scale etc.

 

Cesme – Boyalik Beach Reosrt & Spa

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By Shereen Shabnam

I seem to continually say Turkey is always a good idea because of the beauty of every city I have visited every year over the past two decades but this nature blessed country continues to surprise me with more adventure and enthralls me every hour I spend there. After a few days in downtown Izmir and falling in love with the food, the people and the shopping in the bazaars, I headed to Cesme in the summer, a resort town that is both breathtaking and charming.

While having an afternoon meal at the Boyalik Beach Cesme that offered an amazing array of fresh and beautifully prepared dishes, we experienced pure tranquility in the green manicured grounds and uninterrupted views of the blue ocean.

At Boyalik Beach Hotel & Spa, you can focus on rejuvenation and renewal, or take advantage of the sports and leisure facilities. Here you can spend a holiday sipping your tea and coffee outdoors or enjoy the wireless in the peaceful environment of your room with a stylish five-star hotel which is what I normally do as a workaholic.

The hotel has standard and family rooms as well as suites. As an Islander I naturally prefer sea views and Boyalik Beach Cesme has plenty of sea view rooms with Sat TV, complimentary tea and coffee, 24 hours room service, wireless internet, exclusive bath kits, magnifying mirror, mini bar and hair dryer.

Boyalık Beach Hotel & Spa is the ideal place to combine business and pleasure and has fully equipped meeting rooms. If you feel like going out, I highly recommend visiting Cesme’s bustling markets, crystal clear sea, clean beaches and dive and sailing centres, picturesque bays, healing thermal resources and sports activities.

Çesme is one of the most ideal places for surfing and our visit to the Alaçatı Surf Paradise gave us insights into the local passion of the sea among the youth and adults. Seeing teenagers enjoying the surfing made me wish I had a few more days in Cesme as my daughter was keen on trying some water sports. I suggest at least three days to get a good feel of the towns and beaches.

 

Strategic Channel Partnership of DIHC and Franchise India to support set up of Indian companies in UAE

Both entities to provide business support to Indian companies looking to set up in the UAE

The UAE Royal family backed entity, Directions Investments Holding Co. (DIHC), under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan and Franchise India, Ltd, the largest franchise and management company in South Asia announce a strategic partnership to support Indian businesses that wish to set up their Manufacturing, Retail, Trading, Representation or Marketing office in UAE. 

The alliance will open a gateway for competitive advantage in exploiting opportunities and avoiding pitfalls when operating in the MENA and APAC regions by Indian Companies.

With about 3.3 million Indian migrants in the UAE alone (according to the UN’s migration report in 2017), constituting almost 27-plus percent of its population, it is a big competitive advantage for an Indian company to plan its expansion in the UAE.

Franchise India Ltd  under the Chairmanship of Mr. Gaurav Marya seeks to assist Indian companies with setting up their Local Limited liability company and do business with government and private companies in the UAE under the direct guidance of the Royal Family office.

“Through our Value Added Services Program, we provide a platform where our JV partners and Sponsorship Program, find the necessary elements to launch, grow and succeed” said Zulfiquar Ghadiyali, DIHC.

Globalization and global markets are of considerable relevance, principally owing to the pragmatic growth effects of cross- border enterprise and investment. Moreover the next normal comes with a highly potent business environment, where approaches to incorporate sustainability and resiliency to withstand the uncharted outside shocks becomes equally important for decision making and strategic planning by business owners.

The presence of a huge Indian diaspora is a big plus for Indian companies for zeroing down in the UAE and is a great market to replicate a successful Indian business model. Being an affluent market where retail is quite well developed, the potential market is as big as many other emerging markets but highly concentrated.

Expertise and Experience about the Laws of the land is vital to start a business in the UAE market. The Investor Friendly UAE Government has been taking steps to make the process easier for Indian consumer and manufacturing brands to enter the UAE, especially Abu Dhabi. Finding a trustworthy sponsor or partner can be tedious for Indian entrepreneurs and that is where this channel partnership will make the process easier and shorter” said Gaurav Marya, Chairman, Franchise India.

The Project is to create visibility and attract leading investors, businesses and organisations to understand the commercial and competitive capabilities of Abu Dhabi by recommending participation in and through specifically curated relevant programs, site tours, inward delegations and networking forums.

Eufy Security by Anker introduces its Indoor Cam 2K and Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt

Eufy Security’s Smart Wireless Security Cameras have gained popularity with their innovative, smart and easy to use security features. Adding on to their portfolio, eufy Security by Anker has newly introduced its Indoor Cam 2K and Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt.

Its unique Artificial Intelligence easily detects Pets & Human and gives instant motion activity alerts to show movements in your home and helps detect unusual activity. The indoor security of your house can thus be stepped up as both cameras helps you get notified of what your cheeky children or playful pets are up to, in picture perfect 2K clarity plus it helps keep intruders at bay.

Faraz Mehdi, Regional Sales Head at Anker Innovations MEA said, “Our reliable indoor home security systems, the Indoor Cam 2K and Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt helps keep an eye on your pets and children while you are at work, on your elderly relatives living remotely and your home even at night when intruders can be a threat to the safety and security of loved ones.”

Eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K and Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt

The indoor cam can recognise the known humans, pets and also define specific areas of your house and motion detection alerts can be customised accordingly on your phone. The Indoor cameras are triggered by movement by unknown faces or pets/children’s movements in no go zone areas and users receive an alert instantly.

The activities are instantly recorded and the video is viewable in real time, even at night in low light settings. The indoor Cam is also very useful for new parents as it doubles up as baby monitor and recognises and instantly gives baby crying alerts on your phone.

With eufy Cam Pan & Tilt, when a movement is detected, the camera will automatically pan and tilt 360o to follow the actions and record the entire movement with the instant alert.

The real time response with two-way audio communication feature on the camera allows you to speak directly to anyone who is detected in the designated area, keeps the kids disciplined during study time and helps confront intruders. The Camera also allows you to pre-record your instructions and messages to be relayed as audio when any motion activity of your pets and children are detected in the defined no go zones so that even if you miss to see the alert instantly. The camera takes care of giving instructions to your pets and humans through the pre-recorded audio.

Both cameras work with voice control and are compatible with Apple Homekit, Google Home Assistant and Alexa. You can know more about this product through videos on Anker MEA Youtube Channel.

Get festive and express appreciation for loved ones with a unique gadget must-have list from Anker Innovations

Eid Al-Adha is a special occasion and a perfect time to celebrate with loved ones as well as express your appreciation for them with Eid gifts. Anker Innovations team has curated a unique and functional gadget must have list to suit different tastes and styles for this joyous occasion.

Soundcore Life Q20

Hear songs in the way they are meant to be heard with Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth Headphones. The wireless Over Ear Headphones are perfect for travel and work as it features custom 40 mm dynamic drivers to reproduce sound with extraordinary clarity, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling, Hi-Res Audio and Deep Bass for a heightened listening experience.

Compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptop computers and more, Life Q20 offers up to 40 hours of non-stop playtime in wireless active noise cancellation mode and a single charge can play over 600 songs.

For optimal noise cancellation, memory foam earcups gently mold around your ears, while the headband’s rotating joints automatically adjust the earcups to fit the shape of your head. Life Q20’s built-in microphone allows convenient hands-free calls, enhances voice pick-up to ensures you sound crystal clear.

Soundcore Life Q20 comes with a travel pouch to conveniently store the headphones, a 3.5 mm AUX cable to keep the music playing when you’re low on battery and a Micro USB cable plus a user Manual and 18-Month Warranty.

Eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K and Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt

Anker’s eufy Indoor Cam 2K and Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt helps keep an eye on your pets and children while you are at work, on your elderly relatives living remotely and your home even at night when intruders can be a threat to the safety and security of loved ones. The indoor Cam is also very useful for new parents as it doubles up as baby monitor and recognises & instantly gives baby crying alerts on your phone.

It helps detect unusual activity and records movements in picture perfect 2K clarity. The Indoor cameras are triggered by movement by unknown faces or pets/children’s movements in no go zone areas and users receive an alert instantly.

With eufy Cam Pan & Tilt, when a movement is detected, the camera will automatically pan and tilt 360o to follow the actions and record the entire movement while it gives you the instant alert and allows a two-way audio communication.

Both cameras work with voice control and are compatible with Apple Homekit, Google Home Assistant and Alexa. You can know more about this product through videos on Anker MEA Youtube Channel.

HomeVac S11 Go

Suitable for delicate surfaces, eufy HomeVac S11 Go comes equipped with a 120AW suction power, detachable battery and a 2-in-1 crevice tool to deep clean carpets to hard floors.

The innovative technological features in the eufy HomeVac S11 Go include a washable high-efficiency filter that ensures minimal maintenance and improved performance plus the device can be detached to empty the dustbin in seconds. Increased efficiency also includes dust-tight containment for reduced air pollution.

The eufy HomeVac S11 Go’s long crevice tool can be used to suck up crumbs and dirt in any corner or hard-to-reach areas and the advanced 5-tier filtration system safeguards and maximizes the motor performance.

The long-lasting detachable battery offers up to 40 minutes of cleaning time and the max-mode provides 8 minutes of fierce and focused cleaning when tackling the deepest dust and debris. With eufy HomeVac S11 Go, whether an impossibly tight space or a delicate surface, or the AC vent grill at a height there is an attachment suitable for any cleaning scenario. Available on Amazon.ae.

Nebula Apollo Pocket Projector

Nebula Apollo Smart Pocket Projector is a new generation pocket cinema in a compact, mobile and soda-can size design. Hosting capabilities such as Google Assistant, remarkable clarity with Sharp 200 ANSI lumen image and improved audio, it is the perfect entertainment device to enjoy together with family.

Nebula Apollo is perfect for dads who want to enjoy their favorite match or TV shows through streaming apps on the go on a bigger screen powered by Android 7.1 which brings great content to you, so you spend less time browsing and more time watching movies with loved ones.

Nebula Apollo provides 4-hours of video playtime with single full charge and offers big 360o sound with a 6W speaker. Nebula Apollo offers an advanced entertainment experience, anytime, anywhere with your loved ones.

Anker Power Box

Make sure your loved ones never run out of charge on their phone with Anker Power Box. This Power Box contains three flagship products from Anke:

1) PowerCore 10400mAh Power Bank, a high capacity Power Bank that offers up to 3 times charging for Flagship Phones and comes with optimized output for Multiple Device Charging.

2) Powerport+1 Charger, equipped with PowerIQ Technology and Multiprotect Safety System, along with a micro USB cable, is travel ready with Quick Charge 3.0.

3) Powerline II 3-in-1 Charging Cable, the extremely durable and MFi Certified charging cable with 3-in-1 Connectors i.e. Lightning, Micro and C-Type and is Universally Compatible with every phone that uses these one of the three charging connectors. Available in Jumbo Electronics and EMAX.

Natural New Zealand water source and Executive Property with Equestrian facilities promoted by Courtney & Co.

Courtney & Co., a well-respected Real Estate Company based in Auckland, New Zealand, appoints Coral Coast PR as their official PR agency for the GCC market to promote a very exclusive offering for overseas investors looking to purchase a unique equine property, with a massive natural underground pH9 Mineral Water source in Auckland.

The property is 15 acres set up for horses, both for Equestrian activities and Racing. There is a current income from a tenanted dwelling that accommodates a hair salon, beauty spa, nail spa, Chinese massage and a quality three-bedroom apartment penthouse.

Complementing this fabulous property is a four-bedroom executive family home. Including a pool, games room, garaging and spa. Together with a large barn, out buildings, stable, there are two massive equestrian arenas, training track, horse walker, the grazing paddocks are kept in park like condition.

According to Courtney Wood, CEO of Courtney & CO., this unique offering comes with a large annual volume take, of 100% Natural High Alkaline Mineral Water pH9, that comes from a deep underground sustainable Aquifer providing this incredibly healthy and pure drinking water. This water source is one of only ten natural sources with a bottling consent in the Auckland region.

The naturally energized water sourced at the Riverhead property is super hydrating and offers revitalizing cellular health for humans and animals alike. The property has Auckland Council resource consent to construct a factory, abstract the water, and bottle at source, creating a lucrative export opportunity.

Located three minutes to the North West Motorway, 35 minutes to Auckland CBD and International Airport (Emirates 3 weekly direct flights). The property is perfectly positioned for a large volume water business to be established with possible future land subdivision potential. An 18-hole golf course is on the properties back boundary, with exclusive membership.

Coral Coast PR is proud to be the publicity partner to bring this offering to you. The chance to purchase your own exclusive Natural Water source in New Zealand, with considerable export potential, with all additional attributes, is now.

More information for the property and water business opportunities can be discussed further with the PR team at Coral Coast PR.

Email: shereen@coralcoastpr.com

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