Salalah resort all set to welcome Khareef

Wadi Darbat Salalah is a must visit destination during the Khareef season.
Updated 18 June 2018

Salalah resort all set to welcome Khareef

With this year’s monsoon season well underway, the Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, owned by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) and managed by InterContinental Hotels Group, is all set to welcome the annual Khareef season.
This year, the resort was named “Oman’s Leading Resort 2018” by the World Travel Awards.
Manuel Levonian, general manager of the resort, said: “We are optimistic that this Khareef season will be different compared to last year when Cyclone Mekunu hit the Dhofar region. Many people from across the globe are more curious and eager to find out about Salalah. Hence, we anticipate a high demand of accommodations from tourists and our tailor-made packages will address the immediate needs of our guests.”
“As Cyclone Mekunu struck Salalah in the last week of May that brought heavy rains and strong winds, we are blessed that there were no major damages in our resort. This allows us to recover fast from the aftermath and accommodate early inquiries and bookings of our Khareef packages. Due to heavy rainfall, most of the terrains and mountains have started to turn to lush green earlier than expected and the natural beauty has been enhanced by overflowing springs and waterfalls.” he added.
Monsoon is a great time to visit Salalah. Hundreds of GCC nationals and locals from the north of Oman flock to Salalah to escape the soaring summer temperature. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the annual Khareef Festival that features traditional folklore, dancing and fashion shows.  
Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah is a well-recognized resort in the Dhofar region. The resort is set across 45 acres of private tropical gardens with its own stretch of pristine white sandy beach and offers 153 rooms, suites and family villas.

New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Updated 24 June 2019

New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Hyundai’s new Sonata is ready for showrooms, giving the eighth-generation of the mid-size sedan a sleek four-door-coupe look that highlights the brand’s latest “sensuous sportiness” design language.

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio, the redesigned Sonata offers a freshly styled cascading grille framed by distinctive lighting architecture, and an entirely new rear. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs complete the look. New bodywork is built on Hyundai’s latest third-generation platform for a re-engineered driving experience.

“For more than three decades, each new generation of Sonata has raised the bar for quality and value among mid-size sedans, and this latest evolution also sets the standard for style, innovation and technology,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “In a market increasingly divided into niche segments, the all-new Sonata reconsiders customer expectation in the sedan class and offers something sportier and more exciting than what has gone before.”

A hallmark of the new Sonata’s exterior is its Hyundai-first LED daytime running lights — embedded in a chrome strip. The lighting strip appears as chrome when the engine is turned off, but lights up when the driver starts the car. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the path ahead.

Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s new looks. The trend carries down to the instrument design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch. The instrument panel follows a winged shape inspired by stealth aircraft. Visual elements combine to create a levitating effect, while designers have worked to maximize the sense of interior space. One clever application of new technology is a shift-by-wire (SBW) gear selector, which is sleek and technologically advanced, and takes up significantly less space than a traditional gear selector.

Interior fittings include a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a Qi wireless charging pad is available to keep smartphones topped up. Sonata now adds a second-row USB charge port. At the heart of the AVN system is a Bose premium sound system equipped with 12 speakers.

“The all-new Hyundai Sonata delivers a premium experience for driver and passengers,” added Song. “We apply a range of new technologies intuitively, with an emphasis on functional convenience, adding features that we know our customers will use and value.”

The new Sonata features six standard airbags and a range of safety systems, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense technologies.