Hyundai to unveil two key models for Middle East and Africa

The Sonata is the eighth generation of Hyundai’s long-running mid-size sedan.
Updated 20 May 2019
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Hyundai to unveil two key models for Middle East and Africa

Hyundai will confirm details of two new products available to Middle East and Africa markets, with the region included in plans for a new-generation Sonata sedan and a new SUV model, the Palisade.
The Sonata is the eighth generation of Hyundai’s long-running mid-size sedan, while the Palisade is a new flagship SUV. It will be a mid-size SUV, but longer, wider and taller than the newest Santa Fe, which went on sale last year.
The new models feature bold design and benefit from the latest technical innovations. Features include convenience technology, such as wireless smartphone charging and advanced levels of connectivity, large touch-screen displays, and head-up display to show essential information on the windscreen — immediately in the driver’s view without glancing away from the road.
They also offer a wide range of safety technology, with a selection of advanced driver assistance systems packaged as Hyundai SmartSense.
“The Sonata has a long and successful history in our region, and consistently ranks among the most popular models in its segment, so we have high expectations for this latest model,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “It offers premium design with sporty, coupe-like styling, combined with exceptional quality and outstanding value in the market.
“The Palisade offers the same high standards, while extending our range into new market segments, offering a larger family SUV as a flagship product. This will reach out to new customers for our brand, and also serve the changing needs of loyal Hyundai owners.”
Hyundai previewed the Palisade for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, while the Sonata was presented publicly in March. An official hands-on launch of the Middle East and Africa versions will take place in South Korea, ahead of deliveries to the region during the summer.


Many reasons to visit Four Seasons Hotel Cairo

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Many reasons to visit Four Seasons Hotel Cairo

As the sun gets brighter and the nights get longer, summer in Cairo is a great opportunity to wake up everyday to marvel at views of the legendary Nile and the Cairo skyline. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza can be a good starting point to experience what Cairo has to offer this summer.

From centuries-old museums and galleries to music festivals and concerts, the concierge team of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza shares their favorite things to do this summer in the city:

Attend the citadel music festival

• Salah El-Din Citadel dominates Cairo’s skyline and was the nerve center of Egypt for almost 700 years. In August, the citadel will turn into an arts and culture center during its annual two-week music festival. Organized by Cairo Opera House, the festival hosts various art performances by local and international artists against the backdrop of the 12th-century citadel.

Soak up the sun with a cooling dip

• One of the best things about Cairo is the long morning hours. Take advantage and escape the heat in one of three rooftop swimming pools at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza. Lounge with a refreshing drink in hand and let the cooling breeze that follows blow away any thoughts you might have. 

Travel back in time with Cairo’s palaces

• When summer weather strikes, take your activities indoors and consider yourself royalty while exploring Cairo’s lavish palaces. From the masterpieces at Princess Aisha Fahmy Palace and the Manial Palace that tell the story of botanical eloquence and architectural grandeur, to Amir Taz Palace, Abdeen Palace and many more that tell stories of Cairo’s modern history.

Embrace the warm weather at the spa

• A hot summer day in Cairo is just the perfect time to set the mood for well-being at Four Seasons Spa. The spa offers treatments designed to prep and prime you to soak up that warm summer sun while reviving some of the pharaoh’s beauty secrets.

Spend an afternoon with the pharaohs

• Home to the world’s most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, the 107-hall Egyptian Museum features an incredible 160,000 objects on display with artifacts spanning 5,000 years of the pharaonic era. To beat the summer heat, the museum opens late afternoon every Sunday and Thursday.

Get lost in Cairo’s 1000-year-old market 

• Few places in Cairo can match the energy of Khan El-Khalili market, especially in the evenings when the entire area is lit up with colorful lanterns. The hotel’s chief concierge Dalia Khalil recommends experiencing the essence of old Cairo and visiting the 240-year-old El-Feshawy café.

Cheer at the Africa Cup of Nations 2019

• Be part of the continent’s biggest football competition, as Egypt is hosting the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations from June 21 to July 19. The concierge team at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza can help with booking tickets and information.