Abu Dhabi Ports hosting UAE Innovation Month activities

Abu Dhabi Ports is hosting a wide range of daily events over the month, including guest lectures on AI, facial recognition, blockchain and mind control demos.
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Updated 10 February 2020

Abu Dhabi Ports hosting UAE Innovation Month activities

Abu Dhabi Ports is hosting a series of interactive activities to mark UAE Innovation Month 2020, a government-led initiative that seeks to inspire and motivate residents of the emirates to embrace innovative thinking in tackling current and future challenges. 

The month-long program is held this year under the theme “The UAE Innovates in Preparation for the Next 50 Years.”

Abu Dhabi Ports said it is well-positioned to share its insights on innovation following a year of innovation-related successes. 

The company reported savings and revenues of more than 170 million dirhams ($46.3 million) following the implementation of numerous employee suggestions received via its internal “Ibtikar” suggestions platform as of the end of 2019.

Eiman Al-Khalaqi, vice president of innovation, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Our commitment in contributing to the government’s innovation strategy is paramount. Dedicating our resources toward innovation, research, science and technology to improve business operations is the proven link to nurturing a knowledge-based, highly productive, and competitive economy, ready for the next 50 years.” 

Abu Dhabi Ports participated in UAE Innovation Month by displaying its solutions to the public on the capital’s corniche from Jan. 30 until Feb. 8. It is also hosting a wide range of daily events over the month at its Mina Zayed headquarters and Kizad, including an in-house innovation awards ceremony, and guest lectures on AI, facial recognition, blockchain, mind control demos, and design thinking. 

Al-Khalaqi added: “Innovation is a fundamental element of Abu Dhabi Ports’ ethos, and our planned activities illustrate our determination to develop a culture of innovation that can significantly refine the way we work. Implementing creative techniques and employing smart sustainable technologies across our assets will empower us to transform our approach to challenges and opportunities.”

Four Seasons inspires travelers to value time

Updated 25 February 2020

Four Seasons inspires travelers to value time

In a year where we have been given one extra day (Feb. 29), Four Seasons set out to discover what is most meaningful to travelers, looking at both the value of time off and how we choose to spend that time. 

According to a new global study commissioned by Four Seasons, almost everyone surveyed, across geographies and age groups, valued more vacation time over more money if given the choice. The study of adults from the GCC, US, UK and China revealed that more than half of millennials (54 percent), Gen X (53 percent) and Boomers (56 percent) would opt for more vacation days over more compensation. Only Gen Z — many of whom have the luxury of more time yet seek financial independence — value a raise (62 percent) over more days off.

Christian Clerc, president, global operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said: “Today’s travelers are seeking purpose through authentic experiences, returning home with a different understanding of the world around them. As a luxury hospitality company, we are at the forefront of this shifting consumer desire, and it inspires how we curate the guest experience, ensuring travelers leave Four Seasons with a sense of deep connection to the community and the destination’s culture.” 

The survey found that younger travelers — millennials and Gen Z — are bigger risk-takers compared to boomers; however, nearly all (95 percent) respondents agreed that a vacation is when they would be most likely to step outside of their comfort zone. In fact, more than a third of travelers have done something while on holiday that they did not know they could, like trying a new sport or learning a new skill to challenge themselves mentally and physically. This is particularly true for respondents in China, where two-thirds (66 percent) of Chinese adults surveyed said their travel style is better described as “getting out of their comfort zone” versus other markets (45 percent).

The most popular travel takeaway? Universally, the most common new interest across age groups and regions is cooking or eating new foods (56 percent), reinforcing the importance of unique and authentic dining experiences, something that Four Seasons claims to offer.

This leap year, Four Seasons is inviting guests to take a pause with their “Take Your Time: Daily Discoveries,” a curated collection of Four Seasons experiences that require no more than 1 day, 1 hour or even 1 minute:

1 Minute

Hoi An, Vietnam: A Goodnight Kiss

The body resonates with healing vibrations during the spa’s nightly ritual. Set your intention in writing, and then release a wishing candle onto the lotus pond as you say goodnight to the earth.

Baku, Azerbaijan: Taste of Tradition

You will never forget your first bite of the fresh-baked local tandir bread from the hotel’s clay oven or at a café in the historic Old City.

1 Hour

Budapest, Hungary: Take Tea at the Palace 

Sit back and taste lavish cakes and savory delights served on hand-painted Herend porcelain as live piano melodies fill the air in the hotel’s historic Peacock Passage.

Desroches Island, Seychelles: Walking With Giants

Cycle over to the island’s tortoise sanctuary to meet with an island conservation officer and say hello to baby Aldabra giant tortoises. George, a 120-year-old Aldabra, will be waiting for you too, ready to munch on his favorite snack — apples.

1 Day

Bali, Indonesia: High-flying Surf

Where are the best waves? TropicSurf pro Blake McKinnon shares his secrets as you ride a private helicopter to the otherwise difficult-to-reach surf off the coast of neighboring East Java. No crowds, just waves.

Megève, France: Helicopter Gourmands

Hop aboard the helicopter for a culinary expedition to nearby Thônes. Shop for the region’s famed Reblochon and Chevrotin cheeses, and then savor an artfully prepared meal by the fire in the historic Ferme des Vonezins chalet.