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PREVENTION, by plm Offering a New World of Safety & Trust in the UAE
Transforming people’s experience and accelerating adaptation to the new norms
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dealt a severe blow to an already fragile global economy. Although the full scope of the human and economic impact of the pandemic will not be known for some time, the toll in both respects will be high. Pre-existing macroeconomic vulnerabilities make emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) susceptible to economic and financial stress and this may limit the capacity and effectiveness of policy support at a time it is needed most. Even with policy support, the economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic are expected to be long-lasting , as we find in our latest analysis, as mentioned in a recent report by the World Bank issued on June 8th, 2020.
By early April, nearly 150 countries had closed all schools and mandated cancellation of events, and more than 80 had closed all workplaces in order to control the spread of the virus. Travel restrictions were widespread. The mandatory lockdowns, together with spontaneous social distancing by consumers and producers, have wreaked havoc on global activity and trade, and have been accompanied by gyrations in financial markets and sharp declines in oil and industrial metals prices.
To combat those horrendous effects of the pandemic on the economy, transportation systems, educational and health institutions, PLM Middle East has announced the deployment of the first units of a solution (SIAS) Prevention, that will forever transform the customer experience a launch event that took place on Wednesday the 26th of August at Armani Hotel, Dubai. And, was attended by Pedro Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer of PLM, Joaquim Moreira de Lemos, Ambassador of The Republic of Portugal in UAE, Pit Cheng, Consul Embassy of Singapore in UAE, , among others.
PLM is a world-class provider of leading-edge functional design and technological integrated solutions, trusted by well-known brands like Microsoft, Alibaba Group, Nestle, Lenovo, Canon, and Panasonic among many others is now expanding in the UAE & the ME, committing to develop and deploy exclusive and customized disruptive designs, to provide extra safe, smart and digital solutions to fight COVID-19 economic turmoil and support the UAE’s efforts in overcoming the pandemic’s damage to the economy by contactless , smart access control and sanitizer solutions.
PLM Middle East, LLC is introducing “PREVENTION”, a line of innovative solutions that aim to welcome us to a trusting new world where social distancing and sanitizing are crucial. SIAS is one of those solutions: a smart integrated access system, that will allow a one-stop, touchless solution, for costumers and employers to check entrance, and clear safety procedures, like temperature and mask, while integrated with traceability and customer relations systems.
Considering the importance of checking passers’ temperature, and their compliance in wearing protective equipment like masks, controlling number of people in order to ensure social distancing ,SIAS achieve smooth and smart monitoring, in addition to security features like face recognition, and the ability to integrate it with the main database of the user, which will reduce human interactions and increase dependence on touchless technologies, that will eventually lead to lower contamination, and infected cases in workplaces, mass transportation, malls and public areas. SIAS is also capable of using other user interfaces, like events’ access management, commercial, HR, catering, transport terminals, healthcare or education, according to customer needs.
PLM is constantly improving the systems and plans to upgrade it at the local innovation hub, with distribution channels already open with Africa, Asia, and Europe. Products are being assembled and exported from the United Arab Emirates.
PLM is a Global Retail Specialist, fully integrated technology and production agency, with a presence in Portugal, Germany, Spain, Brazil, and China and, recently, launched PREVENTION in the United Arab Emirates to bring together the best in the world of functional design thinking and technological design thinking, through integration. All this added by a huge experience of years of living and learning with demanding customers.
PLM was founded 43 years ago in Portugal and have chosen the United Arab Emirates to experience and innovate at the retail sector, by creating solutions with exquisite design to enhance business, found an innovation lab and start to disrupt the future of retail by creating and producing solution in UAE and exporting it worldwide. PLM’s solutions are creatively designed and scientifically founded on the in-house capacity for research and development, to eventually produce functional design, what allows us to think, design, create and deploy disruptive solutions for our costumers
PLM is a holder of the ISO 27001 certification the internationally recognized best practice framework for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). PLM is also certified in NP 4457 an innovation European certification model supported by interfaces and interactions between scientific and technological knowledge”.
According to the World bank report issued last June; deep recessions inflict lasting scars on potential output through lower investment and innovation; erosion of the human capital of the unemployed; and a retreat from global trade and supply linkages. The long-term damage of COVID-19 will be particularly severe in economies that suffer financial crises and, in energy exporters, because of the collapse in oil prices. In the average EMDE, over a five-year horizon, a recession combined with a financial crisis could lower potential output by almost 8 percent while, in the average EMDE energy exporter, a recession combined with an oil price plunge could lower potential output by 11 percent.
The pandemic can also be expected to stifle productivity growth, which has been anemic during the past decade. Past epidemics were associated with 6 percent lower labor productivity and 11 percent lower investment five years later in affected countries, unless we fight back with all solutions, and ways possible to combat its devastating effects on our economies and way of living.
There’s a new brunch in town, it is cool and it is fun! On Fridays, the Cactus Jacks will take guests on an “Amigos Brunch” journey showcasing the all-time Mexican favourites from cold and hot starters to main course, side dishes all the way to desserts on a sharing menu platter. To name a few, there will be Tex – Mex Chicken Fajitas or Combo Fajitas in Chicken and Beef, Baked Chicken Enchilada, Vegetable Burrito, Baja Caliente Fish Tacos, Chipotle Chicken Tacos and many more. The bar also offers a new selection of cool Mexican-inspired mocktails, cocktails and beverages perfect to beat the heat.
In “Amigos Brunch”, your food and drinks will be served by the “lady on wheels, a very unique experience that no one offers in town. Brunch diners can also enjoy wearing our popular Cactus Jacks sombrero, can go for a swim in the hotel’s beautiful outdoor pool as we offer free pool access and can play their favourite songs from mobile or ipod that keeps the atmosphere alive.
Mr. Simon Moore, General Manager of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, said, “Our Cactus Jacks Amigos Brunch” is truly special and features an irresistible variety of Mexican dishes and delectable desserts. The setting is fabulous and allows you to have a unique Mexican experience with your family or friends on Fridays.”
Cactus Jacks was launched in 2002 and immediately scored a hit as a popular Mexican venue offering the very best Latino cuisine, mocktails and cocktails. The outlet is known for its famous frozen margaritas and mojitos and offers late night fiestas.
Day & Date: Every Friday
Time: 12:30PM to 3:30PM
Venue: Cactus Jacks, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
AED 109 Food with 2 soft beverages or 2 mocktails
AED 149 Food with 2 alcoholic drinks or 1 jug of cocktail
AED 199 Food with 5 alcoholic drinks or 2 jug of cocktail
For bookings please call 04 702 8855 or 04 702 8888
French luxury bakery and sweets maker, Ladurée, in collaboration with H.E. Dr. Sara Al Madani, has unveiled its latest edition of premium double-decker macarons box, as part of its unique way of celebrating women in the region on 26th February 2020 at Ladurée Restaurant The Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue, in the presence of media and VIPs.
Ladurée UAE selected HE. Dr. Sara Al Madani for this remarkable collaboration as she represents all its values, when it comes to entrepreneurship, beauty, fashion, elegance and success.
Named as the Mango Tree Box, this special box was inspired by Dr. Sara’s upcoming book, that showcases how women can become the best version of themselves by rebelling against their weaknesses and fears.
“We are delighted to launch the iconic Mango Tree Box – a bespoke and women-inspired creation of elegantly theme that celebrates women in the region. Our collaboration with Dr. Sara is anchored on a common goal – to inspire women and encourage them to follow their dreams no matter what,” said Nicolas Bonnier, Operations Manager, Ladurée UAE.
The Mango Tree Box has eight macarons and will retail at AED139 across all Ladurée outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The Mango Tree Box features three distinct elements; the butterfly, which portrays the process of life one goes through, including the numerous challenges that one also encounters before finding who you are and how beautiful you are.
The birds, which signifies freedom; your legs are your wings to freedom; they take you places. Your hands are the tools of freedom, they open doors and opportunities for you.
The lip-biting the leaf, which represents a rebel with a good cause. A rebel that banishes fears and worries, a rebel that does not tolerate unfairness, lack of respect, injustice, discrimination, prejudice.
A prolific talent of versatile fields, Sara has emerged in recent years as a key figure in a multitude of areas in fashion, beauty, entertainment, and more.
In 2014, she was selected by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi as a board member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making her the youngest on the board. In 2017 Sara was selected to sit on the board of the UAE SME Council in the ministry of economy, Dubai.
Sara was inspired to start her own business at the age of 15. Following her success as a young entrepreneur and businesswoman, Sara was selected to inspire women in the UAE to be more active and self-confident in order to achieve business success.
Recognized for her creativity and hard work, Sara is an honored speaker in many higher learning institutions across the region.
Sara truly believes that it is important to be an active member of the community, inspiring the younger generation and continuously sharing knowledge, experience and information.
Unique restaurant concept offering authentic Moroccan cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere
Millennium Al Barsha, a four-star hotel located in Al Barsha area near Mall of the Emirates, announced the opening of Moroccan Kitchen, a unique restaurant concept offering authentic Moroccan cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
The menu features a wide variety of Moroccan delicacies including lamb Couscous with vegetables, chicken Couscous with Tefaya, chicken Rafisa along with lamb, chicken and fish tagine. A selection of tasty grills is also available including lamb kebab, kofta skewers, grill chicken, lamb cutlet in addition to tasty desserts such as Shebakiya sweet, Fekkas sweet, corn de gazelle, almond Gribba and others.
We had a delicious dinner in a true Middle Eastern ambiance last week, started with dips, olives & other starters & savored the special Lamb Tagine , the recipe was perfectly created by Chef Maria with traditional spices , the soft, tender lamb garnished with almonds & prunes was amazing to go with Bulgur Rice.
The restaurant has well kept its traditions. The hospitality & traditional ambiance is great. Free flowing Moroccon Qehwa was served. The desserts include a delicious assorted selection of Arabic sweets stuffed with nuts.
Christian Palacin, General Manager, Millennium Al Barsha, said: “We are delighted to open this unique concept that is perfectly set to become a preferred destination in Dubai. The restaurant provides authentic Moroccan experience with an extensive selection of delicious dishes made with the freshest ingredients within an open delight kitchen”.
Recently opened on 20th February 2020, the restaurant’s kitchen is headed by the prominent Moroccan female Chef Maria Zahzah who has a long experience in developing delicious and nutritious menus, preparing quality meals and ensuring high standards of food, hygiene and safety.
Conveniently located in the bustling Al Barsha at a walking distance from Mall of the Emirates, Millennium Al Barsha is a 4-star property owned and developed by Deyaar Development PJSC, one of the UAE’s leading property development and real estate services companies. The hotel includes 299 well-appointed rooms and suites and 109 serviced apartments featuring all modern amenities and the latest technology.
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Another biggest attraction to visit in Dubai is the amazing resort & Island called Blue Waters Island. With a line of eateries spectacular views & instagrammable places this spot is amongst the top visiting places of Dubai.
We were invited for breakfast at Ketchup Restaurant.
We opted to sit outside as till last week the weather was comfortable enough to sit outside and enjoy the beauty of this place with passing by yachtes in Marina & overlooking tall JBR building views.
The restaurant menu for breakfast offers both savory & sweet items. We had Breakfast Omelette stuffed with Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese.
The other dish which we had was Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon, Zucchini & Hollandaise sauce. Chef at Ketchup prepares delightful items by combining Smoked Slamon with healthy veggie ideas. Heavily topped Hollandaise Sauce made each bite so delightful.
But as I mentioned they have some other great dishes to try in their breakfast menu.
Plan a visit at Blue Waters Island, both evening & morning hours are equally enjoyable to spend there.
Emirati-grown purveyor of specialty coffees, Baristas’ Corner in partnership with Dalla Corte, Italian brand of espresso coffee machines, hosted The Coffee & Talks in Dubai event on 14th February 2020. Attended by VIPs, media partners & bloggers, baristas & coffee roasters, highlights of the evening include informal chats and conversations over steaming cups of coffee, an exciting latte art throwdown, coffee tastings and keynote presentations. The event brought all coffee lovers under one roof at C Central Resort The Palm, in the stunning and breathtaking Palm Jumeirah.
It was a special gathering dedicated to espresso workshops, coffee education and coffee experiences, and a captivating latte-art competition, the grand finale where young and ambitious baristas took the opportunity to demonstrate their skills. The first prize winner took home home a Dalla Corte Studio.
Spearheaded by Emirati entrepreneurs Mr. Abdulla Al Abdulla, Partner and Co-Founder and Mr. Mohamed Hassan Alshamsi, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the company, Baristas’ Corner offers a tranquil space for coffee connoisseurs and caffeine addicts to enjoy the art of coffee. Baristas’ Corner has three cafes all over the UAE.
Mr. Al Abdulla quips: “The Coffee & Talks Dubai event is a venue for us to bring people who are passionate about coffee together, create a shared experience and to celebrate this liquid gold in all its brews, flavors and aromas. Our trusted partner from Italy, Dalla Corte, is one of the leading manufacturers of quality espresso machines. Founded by Bruno Dalla Corte, it is a name coffee connoisseurs & coffee lovers turn to when they are looking for that perfect brew.”
Mr. Mohamed Hassan Alshamsi adds: “We are proud to bring this ‘Coffee & Talks’ concept to life as drinking coffee with friends is much more than just enjoying that jolt of alertness. When we get together over coffee, we create a special bond, we relax, we laugh, we share stories and we all partake in a culture of sharing and discovery.”
Marco Libonati, responsible for Sales in the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets for Dalla Corte gave a brief introduction of the brand, its legacy and plans forward. Latte art specialist, world-champion, teacher & international judge Chiara Bergonzi opened the much-awaited Latte Art Throwdown. Coffee Pro Danilo Lodi, World Coffee Events international judge, and a certified judge for World Barista Championship, walked the audience through the process and importance of the flow in extracting a good espresso.
The wide array of coffees at Baristas’ Corner are handpicked matching exceptional grade with perfect ratios and flavor compositions. The single origin beans and bespoke blends are selectively sourced from different corners of the globe’s sustainable farms, estates, and roasters including countries like Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and many more.
As the exclusive distributor of Dalla Corte’s espresso coffee machines in the region, Baristas’ Corner aims to bring quality coffee machines accessible and mainstream for people from all walks of life to taste the perfect cup.
Baristas’ Corner currently has three outlets located at C Central Resort The Palm, Royal Central The Palm and Canal Central Hotel Business Bay with plans to open new outlets in future properties under Central Hotels.
Millennium Central Mafraq Hotel in Abu Dhabi launched their Market Garden Brunch.
Grab the opportunity to enjoy the themed brunch buffet before the afternoons make it difficult to enjoy alfresco dining.
The hotel offers a variety of food options which includes live cooking stations.on the lush green lawns of their vast property. We were offered welcome drinks on arrival at the entrance lobby.
You can enjoy the fresh garden ambiance alongside pool. Start with the lined up salads & starters. Cauliflower Cream & Fish soup were in the menu & at seafood station chef prepares delectable seafood dishes.
If you are a Shawarma fan, you can get as many freshly prepared from the Shawarma stall.
Pasta is also served which you can customize & enjoy.
Main dishes include amazing variety of meat & veg dishes. Lamb Ouzi is a must try! Soft juicy pieces of lamb, garnish of nuts & flavorful rice.
Other dishes are Karides Dolmades Tomato ( stuffed tomatoes), Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Slow cooked Cabbage & Apples, Chicken Tagine, Seafood Bastilla, Lamb Kebabs, Whole Red Snapper, Prime Ribs, and Bolivian Whole Chicken.
All dishes tasted good.
Desserts have a great variety too! Assorted Fruits, Fruits dipped in syrup, Tarts, Cakes, Tiramisu & more.
Invites Travellers to Experience Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok ’s New Animal Kingdom Themed Suites in Bangkok
Marking its 60th anniversary, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) celebrated with a glamourous event at CE LA VI Dubai under the theme ‘Luxperience’ in partnership with Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. The event highlighted luxury travel in Thailand, and in parallel, saw the launch of seven animal-themed family suites that have been added to Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, the five star resort-style property located at the heart of the city.
Pichaya Saisaengchan, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Dubai and Middle East said, “2020 is a special year for Thailand as we mark 60 years of the Thai tourism industry. We have experienced a shift in the industry as millennials become the main traveller demographic with the Middle East being home to a youthful population. We have seen an increase in the number of travellers to the Kingdom from the region over the past years, with 506,657 visitors from the Middle East and welcomed more than 130,000 visitors from the UAE in 2019. To continue in this success, we are committed to making travel and tourism Thailand’s most economically promising, environmentally sustainable, and culturally vibrant sector in the years to come.”
Opening its doors in 2010, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is one of the leading luxury hotel providers in Bangkok. The five-star luxury city-resort adjacent to Sra Pathum Palace hotel added seven animal-themed family suites to the choices of flexible luxury accommodation. Each family suite is named after a member of Thailand’s animal kingdom and includes an attractive selection of games and entertainment for younger guests for a unique stay.
“Inside each suite exists a sensory experience, where kids are invited to explore and create their unique “den” which they can call their own while staying with us. We have created an environment in which children return to more conventional, interactive playtime experiences using drawing materials, board games and books,” explains Richard Schestak, Managing Director of Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. “Guests staying in the elephant suite, for example, will learn much more about the lives of elephants in Thailand and why the elephant is a treasured and sacred beast in Thai culture.”
As part of its 60th anniversary, TAT collaborated with prestigious brands as Emirates Airlines to sponsor two return tickets to Thailand to be paired with the accommodation by Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, as well as Suvimol, a luxury Thai brand for bags, offering exclusive giveaways to the participants. The collaborations are in line with the TAT’s ‘Go High’ campaign to target middle-upper income groups who seek a luxury experience during their visit to Thailand.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was established in 1960 and was the first organization in Thailand to be specifically responsible for the promotion of tourism in the country. TAT supplies information and data on tourist areas to the public, publicizes Thailand with the intention of encouraging both Thai and international tourists to travel in and around Thailand, conducts studies to set development plans for tourist destinations, and co-operates with and supports the production and development of personnel in the field of tourism. Since the inception of the first local office of TAT in Chiang Mai in 1968, there are now 35 regional offices throughout Thailand. TAT has also established many overseas offices the first being in New York, which was opened in 1965. During the past 30 years, TAT has since established 29 more offices in different parts of the world.
One of the favorite Sky lounges in Dubai – Level 43 has given its patrons another reason to celebrate life with its Sushi Sundays! Now you can enjoy their signature 12 pieces Sushi platter paired with your favorite beverage at only AED 149.
We had an enjoyable & breezy Sunday evening. Grab this opportunity of spending time on the Terrace at level 43 with breath taking Dubai city views & cool breeze. We had our welcome drinks Inchi 40 & Frutella 40. Both were equally refreshing & energizing with a good ratio of fruits juices & purees.
We started with crispy Bruschetta & Spring Rolls as starters.
The Sushi platter comes loaded with California rolls, Shrimp tempura, Sushi Salmon, Avocado Crab, the chefs special Maki that will make the first day of the week something to look forward to!
Next came the Crispy battered fried Shrimps with dynamite sauce & Chicken Satays with peanut butter sauce. Both were deliciously done.
Needless to say, the 360-degree panoramic views, food, ambiance and the house music add in to make it an amazing Sunday at Level 43 Sky lounge!
What: Sushi Sundays!
Where: level 43 Sky Lounge
When: Every Sunday
Time: 6pm onwards
Price: AED 149