Luxury on the waterfront
Inspired by 15th to early 17th century Renaissance architecture and the urban planning of the city of Venice, the new Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal property is located at the waterfront and consists of 10 buildings arranged in a crescent formation.
Overlooking a 1,600 square metre pool and with the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as the backdrop, the hotel features 447 luxurious guestrooms and suites, in addition to 85 private one- and two-bedroom villas. Visit www.RitzCarlton.com/AbuDhabi.
Kidzania comes to Singapore
Sentosa will get a new attraction in 2015 in the form of Kidzania, an interactive miniature city. Stretching out over 7,600sqm, Kidzania will give children a crash course in being an adult, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. Kidzania already exists in 12 other cities around the world and opens in Bangkok next month. Visit www.Kidzania.com. - DPA
Golden Myanmar flies high
Myanmar's first low-cost airline, Golden Myanmar Airlines, recently went international, offering its first flight to Singapore after operating services between Yangon and Mandalay. The daily flight between Yangon International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport is operated by Airbus A320-200. Set up by a consortium of 15 local investors in Myanmar in August 2012, the airline plans to fly to Bangkok from March 31. Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur are also in its sights.
Tuning in and turning on
Passengers on Emirates flights can now watch live television on board. Emirates' in-flight offering allows passengers to choose live broadcasting from four stations - BBC World News, BBC Arabic, Euronews as well as Sport24.
Wi-Fi on the rails
Swiss Railways SBB are equipping about 100 train stations throughout the country with free Wi-Fi for passengers. The company said the necessary infrastructure should be in place by the end of 2015. As many as 20 train stations could be online for passengers this year. The SBB is also currently working with mobile communications providers to furnish all long-distance wagons with new Internet technology. - DPA
Finnair and the Facebook check-in
Finnair mixes air travel with social media pleasure with the airline introducing a new check-in service that allows passengers to link their Facebook profile with the seat map. When doing so, other passengers can see the passenger's Facebook profile and the passenger can see who else has checked in on the same flight and where they are seated. For those preferring to travel "incognito", the service can be disabled.