Honor’s new IoT strategy expands smart home portfolio

Updated 10 September 2019

Honor’s new IoT strategy expands smart home portfolio

Honor, a smartphone brand, has announced its Internet of Things (IoT) Smart-Home strategy to provide a seamless experience across a wide range of in-house devices. The company also unveiled PocketVision, an AI-enabled app which helps the visually impaired read documents and other text with ease. The new strategy and solution were unveiled at IFA 2019 in Germany. During the event, Honor’s latest flagship smartphone, the Honor 20 Pro also received new updates including a software upgrade to the new EMUI 10 and the option of a new color — Icelandic Frost. 

Honor outlined its IoT strategy dubbed “1+8+N,” which implies one Honor smartphone, eight categories of in-house devices and a wide range of accompanying products from its partners. 

“Honor is a tech brand loved by young people all over the world, and we aspire to stay top-of-mind as the tech-chic brand that enables and empowers young people to pursue their passions,” said Chris Sun Baigong, president of Honor Middle East Africa. “Armed with best-in-class software and hardware, Honor is well-positioned in developing a wide portfolio of innovative products, including smartphones and smart-home devices, for our consumers and people from different communities. We are on the right path to realizing this vision with our consumers.” 


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.