LG’s smart technologies address needs of people with disabilities

LG has provided a platform for people with disabilities to launch their careers in technology during the GITC conference this year.
Updated 21 December 2017

LG’s smart technologies address needs of people with disabilities

Around 15 percent of the world’s population lives with special needs, and many still face barriers to their full integration in society. The theme of international development for the year 2017 was “transformation toward sustainable and resilient society for all,” aimed at increasing awareness of disability with the transformative changes identified in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Through its social responsibility activities, LG Electronics has emphasized the importance of improving the quality of life for the socially marginalized segments of society, striving to realize the aspirations of this group and the knowledge needed to enrich life,” a press release said.
LG has provided a platform for people with disabilities to launch their careers in technology during the GITC conference this year. The platform aims at reducing the digital divide in the ability of participants to access technology and improve their chances of finding meaningful jobs.
LG said the memorandum of understanding with the Korean Confederation of the Blind is proof of its efforts to promote equality and increase the social inclusion of people with visual impairments. Similarly, the memorandum of understanding with the QoLT Center at Seoul National University ensures easy use of electronics while promoting improved access to the Internet and regulatory advice on technology for people with disabilities. LG also aims to meet the physical needs of people with special needs through CSR activities such as donating equipment to disability groups in the Philippines. In addition, LG collects and incorporates feedback from consumers with impaired vision, hearing and physical disability, in collaboration with disability organizations in the US to provide products that are user-friendly.
The electronics giant said its LG Signature lineup is committed to both innovation and inclusiveness. “The Auto Open Door feature of the refrigerator with an intelligent sensor opens the door automatically by dropping the light on the floor in front of the refrigerator to open gently — ideal for those who may not have the power or ability to open the refrigerator themselves,” it said.
“In addition, LG washing machines can be controlled more easily without forcing users to bend down. These and other features enhance comfort for physically fit users but also ensure effortless usage for people with disabilities or those with a problem of mechanical skills.”


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.