When Technology is a source of Inspiration

By Shereen Shabnam

After working behind the scenes over the last few years for IoT Middle East, Digital Health Middle East and handling global technology clients on a regular basis, I never thought I would be more impressed with new innovations any more until recently when an agency selected me to moderate roundtables with industry professionals across multiple countries and representing brands that are at the forefront of new innovations.

Speaking with industry leaders in the world of technology and in the presence of CIOs from a multitude of different industries has led me to embrace the new world of workplace solutions that has helped me consolidate the way I live and work.

These days, it is possible for people to start the day with a smart toothbrush, get the car started before even getting in and control the temperature, lighting and air quality in the home and office.

During a recent AI conference, we found out more about machine learning and analysing data electronically that is not just impressive but game changing for businesses.  Automating our tasks helps save time and this impresses me most.

Plus of course the new age technologies that allow us to hold virtual meetings and seamless interactions with colleagues abroad are the order of the day especially with remote work during and post pandemic.

Currently we use applications like Whats app, skype, IMO, zoom, facebook and teams which has made communication easier and more affordable. Next week, I will be moderating a panel focused on containerisation followed by an interaction with experts offering workplace solutions globally.

The more roundtables I do for the world of technology, the more impressed I am. If you see our magazine turning into advocates of new age innovations, you know where that inspiration came from.  Let us embrace more apps and solutions that make our life that much more interesting.

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Bigger, Better, Bolder: All-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

Shereen Shabnam

We recently spent a week exploring the UAE with the completely redesigned Chevrolet’s iconic full-size, all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe which has emerged bigger, bolder and better for 2021, boasting an impressive interior and unmatched technology.

The new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe’s off-road capability has been transformed and comes back better equipped and efficiently balances performance and practicality. It drives and feels like the most capable, most confident and most connected Tahoe than ever before after having been through a complete transformation. It combines the strongest aspects of its new full-size truck architecture with entirely new systems tailored for the needs of today’s SUV drivers and passengers.

Thanks to Chevrolet designers, the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe offers customers more choices than ever before, made possible by the new architecture. Each trim has been carefully refined for drivers to find the perfect blend of eye-catching design and premium comfort that best suits their lifestyle.

Inside the cabin, the biggest change that customers will notice is the additional space that offers comfort for all passengers, making every seat the best in house.  We found it to be a practical full-sized SUV suitable for every adventure and it delivers the smoothest ride, on and off-road.

The 2021 Tahoe optimizes performance and yet is good with conserving fuel. The updated V-8 engine comes with Dynamic Fuel Management and Auto Stop/Start tech, all mated to an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Inside the all-new Tahoe is unrivalled connectivity and technology, with up to five display screens in total, including an 8-inch-diagonal central color touchscreen and 10-inch-diagonal central color touchscreen on LT trim and above all in High Definition. Available are also an 8-inch-diagonal instrument cluster, 15-inch head-up display, dual 12.6-inch diagonal rear seat LCD displays, keeping rear passengers entertained through the longest drives.

Other features include HD Surround Vision and Rear Camera Mirror, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Pedestrian Alert, restraint system with inboard seat-side airbag and Passenger Sensing System, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Detection, Rear Park Assist, Rear Seat Reminderand IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control.

The driver awareness technologies include new Rear Pedestrian Detection, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist and best-in-class Head-Up Display, many of which are standard on the majority of Tahoe models.

We like that the all-new Tahoe is available with a Wi-Fi data plan for up to 7 devices, keeping passengers connected, wherever the road may lead. It is the perfect spacious and reliable SUV to have for a family adventure or even for daily use for school runs, golf weekends and in my case, retail therapy as well. The boot can easily accommodate my golf bag, gym bag, weeklong grocery shopping and still has space for enough shoes to see me through an entire week of events.

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Incredible Iguazu

Shereen Shabnam

Before the pandemic, we ventured to Argentina to get up, close and personal with the famed Iguazu Falls and while there were some great hotels closer to the natural attractions, I spent my nights in Mercure Iguazu surrounded by nature.

The hotel is located in the middle of a natural reserve and built with natural wood and stone that blends in with nature and offers guests a warm ambience. The best part of my stay was a relaxing massage at the spa and relaxation time by the infinity pool surrounded by a forest after a long day at the Cataratas.

After a good nights rest, I spent a full day at the Iguazu National Park which is a total of 55,500 hectares. Surrounded by a lush subtropical rainforest, I enjoyed the majestic Iguazú Waterfalls, the most important and spectacular waterfalls which is also one of the seven wonders of the world.

It is taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River. It is the most dramatic waterfalls in the world with panoramic walkways.

Via different footbridges, we visited the heart of the waterfalls, appreciating them from different angles and refreshed ourselves with the waterfall drizzle at the bottom.

On the upper circuit, we enjoyed the different viewpoints until we reached the balcony at Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Without doubt, this is the most amazing of all falls where water falls down from 80 meters. 

At the end of the excursion, we ventured to the border, which is a stone’s throw away from Brazil and Paraguay. It is incredible to be able to step foot into three countries in one day if adventurous visitors wanted to experience it.

After a long day of exploring nature, it was a delight to come back to the comfort of the hotel. The hotel is located at the heart of the Iryapú Jungle, just 20 minutes from Puerto Iguazu International Airport and close to the region’s main tourist attractions. All the rooms offer free WiFi, balconies, LCD TVs with satellite channels, minibar, room service and hair dryers to guests.

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Living by Design – Magical Milan

Shereen Shabnam

All roads lead to Milan – no matter which industry I write for, somehow, I end up in Milan each year.  As Italy’s city of the future, it is a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business and looking good is an art form with fashion, food, art and architecture being pillars of life.

I have driven luxury cars here, visited shipyards to look at yachts being conceptualised, attended art and fashion galas, learnt how technology helps motorcycle riders perform better on racetracks and even represented my company in a science centre congress one year.

Milan has an ancient and fascinating history and is an important industrial and cultural centre with its own art collections, an interesting literary heritage and a vibrant social and music scene. It is a city where natural wonders, old world romance and ancient art merge seamlessly with new age design trends, financial hubs and urban steel.

Milan is not just a fashion capital. It attracts as many artists, artisans, and architects as possible and the city boasts an impressive, sustainable architecture with a futuristic skyline modelled by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and César Pelli. The city is also home to new start-ups and global companies like Google, Microsoft, Alibaba and Apple.

Architecture is what I appreciate most about Milan. Buildings range from the Renaissance-style Santa Maria delle Grazie church, a Unesco World Heritage Site, to the 19th-century shopping plaza, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The art-nouveau townhouses come with stained-glass windows, detailed floral motifs and ornate metalwork but what fascinates me most is Bosco Verticale (vertical forest), a metropolitan reforestation project devised to regenerate urban biodiversity with trees, shrubs and plants covering luxury apartment buildings.

Art enthusiasts go to Milan for the many museums and art galleries. It is home to one of the most famous Renaissance paintings in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (1494-1498) with unrivalled collections of Italian modernism and one can see works of artists such as Umberto Boccioni and Lucio Fontana as well.

Food in Milan delights all your senses and are typically rich and hearty, with meat, risotto, pasta and pizza taking centre stage. My hosts always recommend dishes where I can sprinkle their famous local cheese on the dishes. When I am attending an event, we always start our evenings with a reception where local cheeses, freshly cut vegetables, crisps, cured meats, olives and local bread are served before dinner.

For travellers looking for great photo opportunities, the imposing gothic cathedral that took nearly six centuries to complete is the perfect backdrop. Visitors can climb up to the rooftop and have sweeping views of the city with close-up views of the menacing gargoyles and intricate spires on the building.

Retail therapy in Milan is a must as the city is home to the biggest names in the fashion industry, such as Valentino, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and my favourite brand Missoni. I almost cried when the Missoni shop in City Walk across my home closed and I had to venture into the bigger malls to get clothes that were accessible to the masses.

Shopping in Milan is not limited to just clothes, bags and shoes. Milan’s art deco and furniture brands are trendsetters in interior design. The city is a hub for designers, with showrooms, studios and outlets welcoming international buyers all year round.

Performing arts and theatre is a big deal in Italy and Milan is no different. The Teatro alla Scala, built in 1770s is a must visit. I come from a family of theatre buffs with my husband being an award-winning theatre actor and a daughter who studied drama all her life and has attended more theatre shows than movies so the first thing we check out on a holiday is theatre shows.  Teatro alla Scala is a spectacular performance hall with red velvet, brocade and gold elements giving it a lavish ambience.

To get around Milan, try out the yellow tram which is a famous symbol of Milan. Some of the trams running in Milan are versions of the original 19th- and 20th-century designs while some come with wooden interiors, long benches and glass lamps dotted along the ceiling. You can be transported to a bygone era while exploring Milan.

Post pandemic, Milan may just be the first city we will venture to for a dose of the best food, culture, art and of course cars. You can fly there directly with Emirates Airlines or to make up for the lost travel time to different cities during the pandemic, take Turkish Airlines, stop for a few days in Istanbul and get to Milan via Turkey. It is time to discover the world again, albeit safely.

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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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eufy Security introduces the new Outdoor Cam Pro C24 (Wired) to its innovative range of Smart Home Security Cameras

Adding to its wide range of Smart Home Security Cameras, eufy Security by Anker has introduced the new ‘Outdoor Cam Pro’. This latest offering from eufy Security is loaded with superior technology to make it a Mini but Mighty Wired Security Camera.

With ULTRA 2K resolution and F2.0 aperture, Outdoor Cam Pro gives stunning colours and details during any part of the day. At night, with its built-in spotlight it illuminates the surrounding area when motion is detected and captures the footage in vivid colour. (Colour Night vision Feature is the added advantage).

With IP67 weatherproof-rating, the Outdoor Cam Pro stays safe with greater protection even during extreme weather. It’s also equipped with 32GB memory card and can be extended up to 128GB thus giving a subscription free security all-round the year.

The advanced built-in AI also smartly detects the unknown person and alerts only when any event occurs that actually requires attention. This avoids unnecessary false alarms with every moment that the camera captures. The camera facilitates two-way audio to communicate with the person in front of the camera even if you are not at your home. Outdoor Cam Pro also supports smart integration with Google Assistant and Alexa for extra convenience.

The magnetic mount and 20ft Cables allows one to easily install the camera anywhere in their property. This amazing security camera from eufy Security is priced at AED 299 and is available at all leading electronics stores – Jumbo electronics, Sharaf DG, Virgin Megastore & Lulu Hypermarket etc.

You can buy the products from Amazon and Noon.