Wednesday, 17 September 2014
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Thursday, 11 September 2014
SingTel unveiled a range of mobile plans that are fully integrated with a new premium high-speed WiFi network that it is rolling out at crowded locations and underground MRT stations.
The Combo plans are designed to meet consumers’ fast growing mobile data needs by offering high-speed WiFi usage in addition to 4G data bundles. As a launch promotion, customers will enjoy unlimited WiFi usage until 31 July 2015. Subsequently, all Combo plans will come with 2GB1 of WiFi data allowances.
Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, said: “Customers tell us that they want faster speeds and more generous data allowances. Our new premium WiFi network complements our 4G network and boosts network capacity in crowded, congestion- prone locations. It enables us to provide customers with an optimal mobile data experience where they need it most.”
Combo plan customers will be able to switch automatically between the 3G, 4G and SingTel WiFi network without a manual password login. To ensure that customers always enjoy a high-speed and seamless experience, SingTel has permanently waived the 4G value-added service subscription charges.
The Combo plans provide customers with better value for money than existing plans. They offer up to 200 minutes more local talktime and up to 500 more SMS messages.
From 19 August 2014, the Combo plans will replace SingTel’s existing plans for customers who renew their contracts or subscribe to new lines.
SingTel premium WiFi network
Unlike free public WiFi networks, SingTel’s WiFi network is fully managed to ensure high quality performance. It can provide connectivity that is five times faster than typical free public WiFi services. (Average typical speeds of SingTel WiFi range from 4 to 10Mbps.)
At launch, coverage will be available at more than 100 hotspots at 11 locations, including popular shopping malls such as Raffles City, Plaza Singapura, Junction 8, Funan DigitalMall, Bugis+, The Atrium and Changi City Point. SingTel will progressively roll out the network to all CapitaMall shopping centres.
Hotspots will also be installed in Singapore’s busiest underground MRT stations and major bus interchanges. Customers can enjoy coverage at Orchard, City Hall and Raffles Place stations from 22 August 2014. The service will be progressively rolled out to 16 MRT stations on the North-East Line, as well as eight other stations with high commuter traffic over the next nine months. (Please refer to Annexe 1 for the list of MRT stations.)
By March 2015, approximately 1,000 hotspots at more than 100 locations across the island will have been deployed. These numbers are expected to double by March 2016.
For the full list of SingTel WiFi hotspot locations, please visit www.singtel.com/stwifi.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has today announced that it will manage a luxurious urban resort in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, which is currently under development and due to open in 2017.
Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will be located on Jumeirah Beach Road, with direct access to the golden sands of JumeirahBeach – one of the most sought-after waterfront locations in the city.
The resort’s 200 luxurious rooms and suites will include 12 spacious and exclusive over-the-water villas, accessible via a private bridge. Each villa will have its own infinity edge pool and a private swim platform, allowing for direct access into the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf.
All accommodation will be imaginatively and stylishly designed, taking full advantage of the resort’s outstanding vistas of the Arabian Gulf. Design elements will be influenced by the local area’s culture and the Group’s oriental heritage, with Mandarin Oriental’s exacting attention to detail. All rooms, villas and suites will also incorporate the Group’s guest-centred technology and entertainment systems.
Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will be centred around a variety of infinity edged pools leading down towards the beachfront. The innovative design will blur the line between interior and exterior spaces with the extensive use of glass walls, shady cabanas and clever exterior landscaping.
Offering the finest dining in the region, Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will feature nine dynamic restaurants and bars including a signature pier-top restaurant with dedicated docking facilities, allowing for access by private yacht guests.
Further dining venues include a poolside restaurant, two livelybars including a sunset pier bar, a lobby lounge and a signature Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The resort will also offer a variety of multi-purpose function rooms, including aspectacular 525 square metre ballroom with glass walls opening onto a landscaped beachfront terrace – ideal for social and business events.
An all-inclusive Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments in the region. Spa goers will enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s award winning signature programmes as well as specially developed treatments inspired by local traditions and customs. The 2,800 square metre Spa will feature 12 spacious and restful treatment rooms, including three couples’ suites and a private VIP suite with its own discreet entrance and thermal experiences. Further facilities include significant heat and water therapies, a vitality pool, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an extensive fitness centre. In addition, a dedicated Beach Club on Jumeirah Beach, will provide a range of water sports activities.
The project is owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation(DREC) and developed by wasl Hospitality LLC. JeffreyWilkes, is the appointed interior designer.
Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “We are delighted to bring Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Dubai, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and we look forward to creating a luxurious urban resort on the desirable location of Jumeirah Beach. The exclusive and creative design and all-encompassing luxury facilities of Mandarin Oriental, Dubai, underpinned by our legendary award-winning service, will provide an outstanding destination for future guests.”
“We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create a hotel that will set new standards in terms of elegance and sophistication in Dubai. wasl Hospitality has a strong reputation in partnering with the best international hospitality management organisations and our new relationship with Mandarin Oriental reflects this commitment to excellence.” said Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group. “It is vital that the hospitality market in Dubai grows in the build up to Expo 2020 and wasl is delighted to add Mandarin Oriental, Dubai to its ever increasing portfolio of hospitality projects across the city”, he added.
Mandarin Oriental, Dubai is located on Jumeirah Beach Road,which has a variety of retail and al fresco dining outlets and high end residences. The hotel is within easy reach of the city’s two airports, being 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport and 45 minutes from Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport.
Over the last decade Dubai has emerged as a regional and global tourism destination offering a range of attractions including miles of sandy beaches, the famed Gold Souk, Ski Dubai, Palm Island and the Desert Safari. Known as a retail hub, the city has many shopping options, including Dubai Mall, which is one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world. Dubai is also renowned as a centre for world class architecture, with buildings such as Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest manmade structure.