Delightful Dalaman

 By Shereen Shabnam

Some time ago I ventured to Dalaman, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, in the Mugla Province with fellow motoring enthusiasts. We were test driving one of the latest Volvo SUV’s and set off from the airport taking in the picturesque sights of beautiful Turkey.

Highlight of my trip was stopping for brunch at Yuvarlakcay. Yuvarlakcay is beautiful river located in the Topgozu Canyon between the provinces of Koycegiz and Ortaca and feeds off the snow waters of the mountain range. It was one of the most amazing dining experiences I have had anywhere in the world. The meal was served to the sound of birds singing and the gentle sound of the river flowing as we sat on majlis style tables afterwards, relaxing with steaming cups of Turkish coffee.

Soon after, I drove to the Golden Key Bördübet, a quaint hotel that was full of surprises after we entered the simple and understated gates. After check in, it was time to relax and enjoy the great weather, amazing beach and unique beauty and peace of the location.

Taking a boat to visit a nearby island for an evening drink and relaxing on the beach was memorable. Golden Key Bordubet sits where the creek meets the sea, snuggled amidst lush trees, with its own private island.  It has meticulously designed buildings and superb guest experiences to ensure that the wondrous nature around is respected and preserved.

The next day we drove to beautiful natural reserve sites in the south coast of Turkey. The area represented a hidden gem in Turkey with the beautiful bay and the unique species of animals and trees.

We stopped for lunch at Akyaka. This unspoilt village with a beautiful setting is one of the most luxurious retreats and destinations in the coastal province. As a coastal township with its own municipality in the Ula district of Muğla Province in southwestern Turkey, the town is a rising center for international tourism.

After a few more hours of driving along coasts, coffee break was at Sakar Hill as it is a tradition to have Turkish coffee after meals. Sakar Hill, a historic location prominent during the Ottoman Empire reign in the 1520s, was used by the army led by Kanuni Sultan Suleyman on their route to their Rhodes conquest.

From cabarets and mud spas to eerie ghost towns, there’s something to delight everyone taking a holiday in Turkey’s Dalaman district. My suggestion is to float in the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, which reminded me of Fiji.

The Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz is among the most photographed places on the Turkish coast, close to forested hills and an idyllic place to take a dip in calm, crystal-clear waters.

You can also explore the ghost town of Kayaköy, a town abandoned since the 1920s or go for lunch after yachting at Göcek, the sailing capital of the Dalaman region where the quayside is lined with smart international and traditional restaurants.

Sarigerme where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, is great for watersports with waves that appeal to windsurfers, kite-boarders and dinghy sailors. I preferred the mud spa experience at Sultaniye, a spa resort that has been attracting visitors since Roman times.

If you can time it right, I recommend going to Fethiye’s Tuesday market with stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and exotic spices to textiles, jewellery and more. Next stop was Marmaris, a place I loved so much, I have been there twice and the vibe is just incredible, especially with different types of music.

Turkey is indeed a diverse country with stunning beaches, great food, spectacular scenery, ancient history and nightlife to suit all tastes and Dalaman region is as enchanting as the popular destinations like Istanbul and Bodrum. Dalaman is easy to get to with Turkish Airlines from GCC countries, with a stopover in Istanbul.

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Comfortable and Innovative: Audi A3

By Shereen Shabnam

We recently turned heads with the latest Turbo Blue Audi A3 that impressed is with its dynamic design, increased power, innovative technology and the premium interior.

The driver-centric design features a virtual cockpit display that keeps the driver, top-of-mind with premium materials and finishes that makes the cabin a pleasure to be in.

Exterior

The new A3 Sedan comes in compact proportions but with an attractive sporty design. The wide Singleframe and large air inlets at the front end accentuate their dynamic character and puts a stronger emphasis on the wheel arches.

The shoulder of the body extends in a smooth line from the headlights to the rear lights. The digital daytime running lights of the Matrix LED headlights are a further innovation and are available as an option. They consist of a pixel array made up of LED segments in a three by five arrangement. This creates special light signatures and makes the new A3 immediately recognizable.

Interior

The highlight in the interior of the Audi A3 Sedan is the Audi virtual cockpit to keep all relevant information in view while driving. The instrument cluster with high-resolution 12.3-inch display offers you an even better overview. A wide range of intelligent technologies is also available as an option.

The spacious interior of the sporty four-door is light and clear. The cockpit of the new A3 Sedan is wholly focused on the driver and provides additional functions such as the large display of the navigation map.

Technology

With an extensive range of driver assistance systems, Audi A3 is even safer now with trendsetting systems, such as an optional traffic jam assistant that works together with the Audi adaptive cruise control and other available supporting systems.

This includes the parking aid and camera-based traffic sign recognition. Equipped with the optional Audi pre sense front, the collision avoidance assist, and the lane departure warning, the new A3 sedan helps prevent accidents with other road users and offers a high level of safety.

The MMI operating concept is powered by the new third-generation modular infotainment platform. Its computing power is ten times higher than that of its predecessor. Individual settings can be stored in up to six user profiles, from climate control and the seat position to frequently selected navigation destinations as well as frequently used media.

Verdict

The all-new Audi A3 Sedan ticks all the boxes for you and your loved ones with a sporty, stylish exterior and the high-quality, driver-focused interior. The four-cylinder S-LIne 35 TFSI that we drove was a delight on the road as it was nippy both during the busy traffic hours and offered an easy drive both in the city and out on the highways.

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Artissima Art Agency launches Dubai Art Expo with over 400 artists from 170 countries

Be part of a historic three-day Event to bring art and cultures together and highlight achievements of the nation’s Art initiatives for Jubilee celebrations

Artissima Art Agency introduces the Dubai Art Expo announcing a record of over 400 artists from over 170 countries with the grand opening at the Meydan Hotel with visual artists, followed by over 80 performances from five continents and an art show.

Curated by Aurela Cuku, Founder of Artissima Art Agency, the historic event is an initiative from the UAE for the world artists to celebrate the golden jubilee of the UAE and will showcase exquisite art and foster mutual cooperation to build bridges between nations. There will be a series of talks on art and design by renowned artists, designers and performing arts personalities.

On the 5th of November, Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood will play host to the Association of Colours of Peace exhibition, a non-profit association that promotes children’s art internationally to reduce cultural, social and economic distances between rich and poor countries with messages of peace, tolerance and unity. Children from the UAE will be drawing for peace from 12 noon to 9pm.

The President of Colors for Peace, Antonio Giannelli will be present at the event showcasing drawings of children from over 135 countries. In addition, Angelo Baldini, President at Cycling team will endorse the torch bearing cyclists, riding from The Meydan Hotel to Al Fahidi area for the awareness of the Colours for Peace initiative.

From 10am to 9pm on the 6th of November, Mimmo Centonze will bring people closer to art by speaking about Caravaggio with the aim to convey the artists point of view relating to their art. There will be an art show with the theme, ‘Symbols of Love and Peace’ by Badie Jahjah as well as a conservation and restoration section for art,

Aurela Cuku, Curator of the exhibition and Founder of Artissima Art Agency said, “We have had a overwhelming response from artists all over the world for the Dubai Art Expo and we are delighted to bring all forms of art this year, including the performing arts. Over the last decade, we have been a catalyst in bringing art from all over the world of encourage a culture of art and heritage appreciation and this time we have also brought sports into the equation.”

“We have brought the largest collection of children’s art through Colours for Peace to Dubai specifically for the Dubai Art Expo and aim to have a centre for Colours of peace here in the future or have a park dedicated to peace like in other countries abroad.”

The Dubai Art Expo’s main sponsor is Morals General Contracting LLC and Birken Boja, Owner said, “The projects we work on are inspiring and stand out and art plays a major role in making projects successful. We are delighted to be part of UAE’s largest art event and look forward to ensuring the creative art industry has a platform to show their talent.

Artissima Art Agency has brought the art community together consistently over the last decade, launching the region’s best artists and art shows under one roof.

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Salties: The Magic of Food, Music and Good Vibes

Salties Beach Bar and Grill by Grenada Launches its First Indoor Beach Bar Showcasing Sustainability, Accessibility, and the World’s Best Culture of Caribbean Entertainment

Inside the Grenada country pavilion extension, Salties Beach Bar and Grill opens its “lift doors” for the very first time exclusively to Expo 2020 visitors and staff from the first of October 2021.

The indoor Beach Bar & Grill is located on the first floor at the Opportunity District – Caribbean Lounge OS06, in front of Visitor Centre 1 and will be open from 11 am to 2 am on Thursday and Friday and until midnight the rest of the week.
Salties is a Caribbean beach bar, made in Dubai by a new generation of Dubai expats with an international flair, featuring a fresh juice bar and DJ playing music all day long for that notorious Grenada island vibe.

The refreshment prices are affordable with appetizers starting from 25 AED +++ and drinks from 16 AED +++. Everyone in Dubai, whether visiting or working at Expo, can appreciate the event and at the same time be able to enjoy a meal without spending too much.

It is the perfect place for the staff who are living on-site as it provides them with a relaxed ambience where they can listen to music and socialize with their friends and collegues without needing to go into town.
Co-Owner Pietro said, “We are inspired by Dubai’s multicultural Caribbean cuisine, Arab, Greek, Italian, Oriental, and Mexican where you get many appetizers to share collectively at the table. Our portions are enough to taste and appreciate the food, but also enough to try different dishes.”

Pietro built together with a few friends and collaborators a place with sand, sunshine, and shisha. Two terraces with private booths overlook the world within Expo – there’s no better place to relax and call home. Inside is a huge sandbox boasting colourful tables and chairs, sustainably sourced and given a fresh new look and even new names.

Starting from the idea that Dubai is on the beach, a symbol of freedom, guests can take their shoes off and feel the sand through their toes.  The Salties team sourced beautiful furniture which had been abandoned by other people in the past with its own history, modified and transformed them through colours, writings, and repairs and given them a new life naming every piece of furniture with famous places and beaches of Grenada, like Saint George and Castle Hill.

There are little islands within the restaurant that brings pieces of the world together, just like the country of Grenada, famously known as “The Spice Isle”, consisting of the main island of Grenada and 8 satellite islands.

As music is the joy of life that brings people together, every day from 10 am, Salties will be featuring live DJ sets and musical performances playing all kinds of music – from Reggaeton to Latin to Pop. Salties will have different evenings paying a special tribute to every country on their National Day celebrations after 9 pm, so that they can feel at home at Salties and citizens of that country can enjoy special discounts off the total bill.

Salties aims to be the Dubai home away from home for people coming over for the 6-month duration of Expo 2020 whilst at the same time shining the spotlight on sustainability.

Salties USP’s

  • Fresh juice bar boasting 20+ fruit options for unique juice mixes  some of them known by few like Lulo ,  and Curuba coming from our friend partner Cooyuba ,and cocktail options. Alecchino  homemade gelato freshly made every day from an Italian master ‘gelatiere’ made with a specialized machine by fabbri  from Emilia-Romagna, Italy – manufacturers of the best gelato machines in the world. Different flavours of the day featuring both sweet and savoury creations by Fabbri a leader in the gelato worldwide  ”.
  • One of the best coffees available in Dubai made by Attibassi winner of many quality coffee competition specially for Salties with the latest model of the best coffee machine “La Spaziale“
  • Internationally famous Shisha for guests by Narghita paying a tribute to the local culture past time which includes tranquillity and sociality.”
  • Message in a Bottle:  guests who purchase wine bottles will be given the opportunity to write a message of positivity and humanity from Dubai Expo for the next generation to read.
  • Ladies’ night is every Monday where women get 1 drink free
  • Salties is directly opposite the Visitor Center 1.

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