Scenic Settings – Santorini, Greece

By Shereen Shabnam

I fell in love with Greece from the moment I stepped out of the airport in Athens. And while each of the Islands in Greece have their own charm, Santorini still remains a favourite for regular visitors who fall in love with this crescent-shaped precious gem of the Aegean dotted with blue and white villages.

Santorini is actually a group of islands in the southernmost part of Cyclades.  The islands came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity and the Santorini islands is still an active volcano.

The whole island is actually a huge natural geological/volcanological museum where you can observe a wide range of geological structures and forms as wells as black volcanic pebbles.

Santorini is considered as the most romantic getaway in Greece with exquisitely clear waters and famous sunsets for the ultimate romantic experience. It has deep blue waters, spectacular rock formations, and vertical cliffs plus white, red and black sand.

Firá is the picturesque capital of the island has traditional architecture and offers an amazing view of the volcano. There are other smaller villages that are peaceful and are surrounded by vast vineyardsand whitewashed cliff-top towns with castles.

For sun, sea and sand, head to the Oia with its wild untamed beauty or Ammoudi, on the harbour of Oia for the charming cafes and restaurants. Then delight your visual senses with azure waters, sun-drenched beaches, magnificent black sand and chiselled rocks.

The wild beauty of the beaches on the eastern side of the island will prove irresistible to sunseekers looking for peace and seclusion with Impressive sculptured rocks, black sand, volcanic pebbles, small ports with fishing boats casting colourful reflections on blue waters and some beech trees.

On the south-eastern side of Santorini, sun-loving tourists will encounter magnificent black sandy or pebbly beaches with shallow waters and with playgrounds so it is perfect for families.

Visitors can also soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfronts, charming beach bars or head to the modern marina with the Sailing and Yacht Club of Santorini for sailing and yachting.  The staff at the club can guide you to the best spots for scuba diving, windsurfing, jet ski adventures, parasailing, kayaking and other water sports.

Santorini is not just about the sun, sea, sand and sunsets – A visit to Santorini offers the ultimate gastronomic experience with fresh cherry tomatoes, white egg plants, fava, fresh goat cheese found on the island.

After each day of exploring the beauty of Santorini, the best way into the evening is dinner after sunset and then head to bed to dream away about what natural wonders to discover in the different parts of Santorini the next day.

From the UAE, you can get to Athens via Istanbul. If you are looking to combine a few destinations like I did, you can fly Turkish Airlines and spend a few days in Istanbul and Athens and end the holiday in the idyllic island of Santorini.

All malls under Line Investments & Property LLC close temporarily to beat Coronavirus (COVID -19)

Retailers recommended to comply to stop the spread of the disease

Al Wahda Mall

Line Investments & Property LLC, the real estate arm of Lulu Group International will be closing all shopping malls in UAE for two weeks with the recent developments relating to the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) and the precautions taken by the UAE Government after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a state of emergency around the world.

Only the supermarkets and pharmacies based in the malls will be open for customer convenience in Al Wahda Mall, Khalidiyah Mall, Mushrif Mall, Madinat Shopping Center, Al Raha Mall, Mazyad Mall, Mafraq Centre and Hameem Mall, in Abu Dhabi as well as Al Foah Mall and Barrari Outlet Mall in Al Ain. In the Northern Emirates, RAK Mall, Mall of Um Al Quwain and Lulu Mall in Fujairah will also have the supermarkets and pharmacies open.

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said, “Our aim is to ensure the safety of the public and our employees as well as to limit the spread of the virus. We will be supporting the nation’s initiatives in combatting the virus for areas that are open with frequent sanitization of public areas, washrooms, escalators, elevators, information counters, parking areas and areas near the supermarket and pharmacies with government-approved products.”

As per Government regulation, thermal cameras and instructional signage at our Mall entrances will help protect the wellbeing of mall visitors, tenants, and staff for outlets still open as well as the cleaning and security crews. Line Investment & Properties LLC will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments to their action plan if and when necessary.

Line Investments & Property advocates strict social distancing practices to everyone in the UAE during these challenging times.

 

Land of Midnight Sun – Finland

By Shereen Shabnam

A country of contrasts, Finland is known for endless daylight in the summer when public spaces come to life and for dark Arctic winters that has a profound effect on all walks of life, including a deep appreciation for nature.

Despite being leaders in technology and progressive urban solutions, Finns enjoy time in nature visiting lakes and retreats to the countryside for hiking, trekking, cross-country skiing, playing ice hockey, sled dog touring, riding snowmobiles or driving rally cars.

Helsinki Vibes

If you fly into Helsinki, the capital of Finland, enjoy this vibrant seaside city’s restaurants, beautiful islands, architecture, lakes, shopping and great green parks.  Islands such as Suomenlinna and Pihlajasaari, can be reached by a regular ferry for weekend camping trips. The fortress of Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular sights, great for a tranquil evening stroll or a picnic. Influenced by Classicism and modernized by Functionalism, Helsinki is possibly best known for its Art Nouveau architecture.

Winter Wonderland

In winter, Finland is a skier’s paradise. Whether you enjoy the thrill of downhill or prefer experiencing cross-country, the ski resorts with their well-maintained ski tracks ensure you find the ideal place. Reindeer sleigh rides are also fun during this time and many believe Santa Claus is Finnish, living in Lapland which attracts even more winter tourists. Winter is also great for ice skating, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Most visitors go to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and the hometown of Santa Claus. Others enjoy the thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visitors love the Finnish Lapland, enjoying the winter wonderland and the hustle and bustle of towns and ski resorts just as much as the peace and quiet of nature. Finland is one of the best places on Earth to view the Northern Lights which appears on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.

Summer Soirees

In the summer Finnish Lapland has 24-hour sunlight for nearly three months. Known as the “Midnight sun”, the light allows for numerous events and cultural activities such as the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä.

During this time, visit the Blue Lakeland and enjoy hikes along lakes, islands, boat rides on rivers, canals, and among forests and ridges. Visit Hameenlinna, a city with two impressive castles to visit, large park areas to enjoy and galleries and museums to visit – my favourite being the enchanting Iittala Glass Museum.

Autumn Love

In autumn, Lapland is the best place in Finland for witnessing “ruska”, the time when all the leaves turn into bright colors like red, yellow and orange. Seeing ruska is best in mid-September when the already breath-taking landscape transforms into an out-of-this-world experience. If you are an active tourist, Lakeland’s vast waters are perfect for kayaking, fishing and paddling

Culinary Scene

The culinary scene in Helsinki is cutting edge and evolving with new pop-up restaurants. The Restaurant Day and the Helsinki Street Food Festival are initiatives out of Finland and ensures the capital’s coolest culture districts change into street food hubs.

The local food is full of seasonal delights, wild and fresh with game, fish, mushrooms and berries. Innovative food events in the city embrace all culinary cultures and tastes of the globe and the Restaurant Day is growing into a global movement of “food for all”.

If you know a local, they will enlighten you on the joys of having hearty stews to keep warm during the cold months and the many light, fresh and delicious summer local food to stay sustained and satisfied all day.

Day Trips

Make time for Porvoo, the second oldest city in Finland located about 50 kilometres east of Helsinki. It is known for its charming cobblestone streets, manors, iconic red wooden shore houses, small shops, handicraft boutiques, lovely museums, galleries and cafés.

Venture out also to Finland’s coast through wooden towns, lighthouses, historical manors and large national parks stretching over land and sea. The laid-back lifestyle and a strong maritime culture are key characteristics of this fascinating area which also boasts three coastal UNESCO World Heritage sites.

How to get there

From UAE, you can either fly Finnair direct from Dubai or fly Turkish Airlines to Istanbul, and then to Helsinki and back.

Remain healthy during self isolation by tracking your fitness levels with eufy Smart Scale

Keep your health and fitness on track with the Eufy App during self-isolation

Eufy Scale1 Mobile App

Staying inactive at home during self-isolation with the fridge full of food easily accessible may lead to unhealthy eating habits but fear not. Anker Innovations has unveiled the new eufy Smart Scale C1, offering an easy way to keep track of your health journey by recording 12 essential body measurements such as Weight, Body Fat, BMI, Bone Mass, Muscle Mass, and more.

The eufy Smart Scale is available online and via Jumbo Electronics and Sharaf DG stores. The Eufy app supporting the product is designed to show health data with the time and date of previous measurements so users can monitor their health over a set period of term and stay focused on their health goals.

The rounded-glass top plate safeguards users from bumping into pointed edges and the anti-slip top plate and low, stable design ensures stability when stepping on the scale. Two pairs of super-sensitive G-shaped sensors ensure precise measurements.

Users can also switch from pounds to kilograms and back while fast wireless data transfer allows viewing measurements in seconds on the phone with historical data of progress and health trends.

The water resistant, modern and stylish scale is designed to suit every home and personality, runs on 3 AAA batteries and syncs data via the Eufy App. Eufy Smart Scale also allows tracking of measurements on third party apps like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit.

Easy to use, eufy Smart Scale C1 can connect up to 16 users and is intelligent enough to match measurements to the correct user profile, automatically.

As part of Anker Innovations, one of the leading and most trusted consumer electronics brands in America, eufy caters to the needs of discerning consumers looking for the latest innovations, new age technologies and convenience for reliable home and security solutions.

Ease your mum’s life with Anker gadgets that make her life easier

Gift practical gadgets that eases your mum’s life

This year, show gratitude to your mum with a range of products from Anker Innovations that would make her life easier and more fun.

Gifting gadgets from Anker for special occasions satisfies different personalities with different tastes as products range from Bluetooth speakers, headphones, security cameras, smartscales to power banks.

We suggest three products on this special day that would make your mum’s life more musical, ease her household chores and let her put her feet up with the latest state of the art cinema experience in the comfort of her home.

Liberty Air 2 Black and White

Soundcore Liberty Air 2

Download your mum’s favourite songs and let her listen to them using Soundcore Liberty Air 2.

The true wireless in-ear headphones come with four built-in microphones with noise cancellation and filters out ambient noises.

Environmental noises are reduced by 60% to 95% to ensure crystal-clear diamond enhanced sound with twice the amount of bass. The HearID technology maps hearing sensitivity at multiple frequencies and intelligently analyzes results for a truly personalized listening experience.

For convenience, the one-Step Pairing ensures automatic connection to your device. The earbuds allow for 7 hours of playtime but the charging case provides a longer battery life of 28 hours on the go. Liberty Air 2 can also recharge its power through wireless chargers.

With a comfortable fit and the IPX5 (Splash Proof, Liberty Air 2 gives freedom from messy wired headphones and offers the convenience of listening to music by the pool, during morning walks or while cooking and relaxing.

Nebula Apollo

Nebula Apollo Pocket Projector

Mum can now watch her favourite Netflix shows with friends, news and music videos wherever she is comfortable, including projecting her favourite cooking shows on the kitchen wall while cooking with Nebula Apollo Smart 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 partner for your mum while she is having a down time or when she has a girl’s night in with her friends.

Nebula Apollo is perfect for consumers who want to enjoy their favorite video apps and movie 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.

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RoboVac 30C

Instead of cleaning the house, we like to see our ladies relax with a cup of tea watching their favorite programmes or out for a walk to enjoy some fresh air.

Stronger, slimmer, and the most convenient RoboVac to use, the RoboVac 30C makes a perfect gift for your mother as it comes with Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant-compatibility, meaning it is 100% hands-free cleaning.

The slim 2.85in profile glides under sofas and beds with super-strong 1500Pa suction power and three brushes that effectively cleans up dust and furs for up to 100 minutes, leaving the house spotless.

RoboVac uses drop-sensing technology to avoid falling down stairs and specialized dual-hall sensors detect Boundary Strips that ensures RoboVac only cleans the areas you want. Nine anti-collision infrared sensors helps RoboVac avoid bumping into obstacles and clean non-stop.

Eufy Security

EufyCam 2C

Keep an eye on your mum abroad or let her watch her grandkids grow as well as keep the family secure with the neweufyCam2. Working mums will appreciate the EufyCam 2C to keep an eye on intruders and be able to communicate with the nanny and the kids in real time.

The neweufyCam2C is a wireless Home Security Camera System with 180 -Day Battery Life and comes with features that include HD 1080p for clear crystal footage, IP67 Weatherproof that withstands cold, heat, dust and rains, state of the art Advanced Night Vision and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Homekit.

It has a 2-Cam Kit and does not bind users to a monthly fee which means a one-time purchase that combines security with convenience. Eufy Security products store, process, and calculate user data locally using military grade encryption.

The Smart Image Enhancement feature gives a clearer, brighter view of the people in-shot while the built-in AI technology identifies and focuses on the human in the image. The Instant Mobile Alerts notifies users in seconds when suspicious motions are detected while Real-Time Response allows being able to speak directly to anyone who approaches your home via a two-way audio giving you complete control over your surveillance.

Anker highlights female centric products to celebrate International Women’s Day

To honor women this International Women’s Day, Anker Innovations,committed to delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation, and exceptional products has selected a set of female centric products that makes the lives of the women in our life easier.

Faraz Mehdi, Regional Sales Head at Anker Innovations MEA said, “We appreciate the message and significance of International Women’s Day and recognize their achievements the whole month. Our team has hence looked into our range of innovative products that are designed to bring joy and recreation to the everyday activities of the women in our life.”

Gifting gadgets from Anker for special occasions satisfies different personalities with different tastes as products range from Bluetooth speakers, headphones, security cameras, smart scales to power banks.

The products below will make the life of our ladies more musical, ease her household chores and let her put her feet up with the latest state of the art cinema experience in the comfort of her home.

eufy Smart Scale C1

eufy Smart Scale C1 is the easy way to keep track of your health journey. Just step onto the scale to track 12 essential body measurements such as Weight, Body Fat, BMI, Bone Mass, Muscle Mass, and more. The rounded-glass top plate safeguards you from bumping into pointed edges and the anti-slip top plate and low, stable design ensure stability when you step on. Two pairs of super-sensitive G-shaped sensors ensure more precise measurements.

Users can also switch from pounds to kilograms and back in one second and fast wireless data transfer means you can view your measurements in seconds on your mobile phone and see all the historical data of your progress and health trends with ease. Eufy Smart Scale is also compatible and allows tracking of measurements on third party apps like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit.

Easy to use, eufy Smart Scale C1 can connect up to 16 users and is intelligent enough to match measurements to the correct user profile, automatically.

Nebula Apollo Pocket Projector

Nebula Apollo Smart Pocket Projector is a new generation pocket cinema in a compact, mobile and soda-can size cubical design. Powered by Android 7.1 Nebula Apollo Hosts loads of capabilities such as Google Assistant, remarkable clarity with Sharp 200 ANSI lumen image, improved 360oaudio and In-built video & movie streaming apps like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime it is the perfect entertainment partner.

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.

RoboVac 30C

Instead of cleaning the house, we like to see our ladies relax with a cup of tea watching their favorite programmes or out for a walk to enjoy some fresh air. Stronger, slimmer, and the most convenient RoboVac to use, the RoboVac 30C makes a perfect gift for your mother as it comes with Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant-compatibility, meaning it is 100% hands-free cleaning.

The slim 2.85in profile glides under sofas and beds with super-strong 1500Pa suction power and three brushes that effectively cleans up dust and furs for up to 100 minutes, leaving the house spotless.

RoboVac uses drop-sensing technology to avoid falling down stairs and specialized dual-hall sensors detect Boundary Strips that ensures RoboVac only cleans the areas you want. Nine anti-collision infrared sensors helps RoboVac avoid bumping into obstacles and clean non-stop.

 

Anker Innovations, through its brand eufy Security shares insights on the latest home and security solutions

Technology enthusiasts to get insights into Smart Home and security products at Industry event

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Anker Innovations DMCC, through its brand eufy Securityshared insights on the latest home and security solutions at the 5th Internet of Things 2020 in Armani Hotel Dubai.

The cross-industry C-level conference brings together forward-thinking experts sharing insights on business, technology and organizational transformation to leverage new business and develop new eco-systems.

Faraz Mehdi, Regional Sales Head at Anker Innovations MEA addressed the audience on how connected devices today are functional for everyday use and why security, privacy and safety can be attained with reliable devices giving peace of mind to businesses and individuals. He highlighted innovations that help the area of security and how this can be enhanced with new technology safely in the region.

Anker Innovations hada presence at the exhibition area to showcase eufy smart home Security and addressed questions from the audience on new age connected and functional devices as well as unique and innovative consumer products in smart home appliances.

 

This years edition of Talentology 2020 Grand Finale winners revealed at Mushrif Mall

Grand Finale attended by VIP’s, Media and Kris fade 

The fourth edition of Talentology 2020 Grand Finale at Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi attracted local residents and visitors to witness the action-packed recorded performances by the twelve entrants competing to win in the adult and kids’ categories. 

The winner of the kid’s category is Peter Anthony Villegas Rosalita, a Singer from Philippines, and Suriya Badrinath a singer from India is winner in the adult category. Both winners thanked the voters and the mall for providing them a platform to show their musical abilities and their friends and families who supported them with online votes.

The event was attended by Director of Line Investments and Property LLC, Wajeb AlKhoury, Biju George, Commercial Manager as well as Chief Guest, Kris Fade, media and the local community.

Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, said, “As an annual event, Talentology brings a creative audience to Mushrif Mall from our local communities as well as the country. We encourage young talents to positively to launch their career in the entertainment industry by helping finalists with their portfolios so they get a jump start to nurture their talent further.”  

Selected contestants were judged for appropriate artistic attire and stage presence over the weekend as they performed live on stage at Mushrif mall to get more votes online.

Talentology attracts over 10,000 registrations from mixed nationalities but only 12 finalists are selected with two winners. The grand finale winners receive AED 5,000/- worth of mall vouchers and all finalists get AED 1,000/- mall vouchers.

Talentology is an energy packed competition organised by Mushrif Mall for talented youth with a passion for success. The Mall recognizes the role the young play in society and Talentology helps promote unity in the community, assists in gaining self-confidence and provides an unforgettable experience of being part of a memorable event.