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A New Kind of Quick-y-Mart


Posted By on Dec 19, 2018

A new supermarket in Dubai may not immediately sound like interesting international travel news, however, this supermarket can only be reached by means of water transportation. Caffefour Bites and More by the Shore is the first so-called sail-thru market in the world.

While small craft, like a jet ski, can sail right up to this market (which is basically a 7/11 anchored out in the middle of the ocean) and pay for and receive goods at a the “sail-thru” window. Larger craft can call in orders or use a smartphone app. Deliveries take about 45 minutes on average.
Much like a traditional corner market this one has just what you expect: snacks, drinks, personal care products, over-the counter medication. They have about 300 products currently for sale.

The new market even offers delivery service via their own vessels to land-locked beach-goers at local beaches.

This new endeavor is the brain-child of Majid Al Futtaim the well-known leisure and retail operation in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Delta’s Terminal F at the Atlanta airport is the so-called first biometric terminal in the U.S. in which facial recognition technology is used throughout the process by passengers. The Delta hub in Detroit is supposedly next.

The biometric features have been developed slowly since October in Atlanta’s Terminal F. As of December 1st some international destination passengers will be able to use the biometric options for all portions of their journey. These features will also be available to international travelers on some of Delta’s partner airlines as well.

Basically where ever one had to interact with an employee in the past there are now automated options where passengers enter or scan in information and facial recognition technology “looks” at their faces to confirm the information.

As Delta has revealed the choice in Atlanta before the formal dispatch, the transporter said it has gotten positive input and that it’s accelerating the boarding up of its worldwide flights.
Delta intends to make its Detroit center the following of its terminals to get the “check to entryway” biometric alternative.

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The AAA tells us that Thanksgiving 2018 will be the most crowded travel-wise it has been in thirteen years. About 54 million Americans will travel in excess of fifty miles. That’s around 5% above last year, which comes to a whopping 2.5 million more people hitting those roads, trains stations and airports.

With 48.5 million people choosing to drive, cars will be the most popular form of transportation, with a 5% increase over last year. 4.27 million travelers will choose planes, which is the largest growth at 5.4%. Cruise ships, buses and trains will carry only 1.48 million travelers with a 1.4% increase over last year.

Whatever your method of travel it is always recommend you leave early—to give yourself plenty of time if you encounter traffic or long lines and delays with planes, trains, buses or ships. It’s probably a good idea to anticipate all kinds of weather when you are packing. And dress in layers if traveling by plane or bus so you can easily adjust to changing temperatures.

Have a safe holiday everyone!

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The British military got the stone in 1801 in the wake of vanquishing Napoleon’s armed force in Egypt and gave it to the British Museum, where it has been an ever-popular attraction.

A Dr. Tarek Tawfik, the head of the Grand Egyptian Museum, as many others is very anxious to see the Rosetta Stone returned to its homeland.

Tawfik proposed that computer generated simulations could be utilized to cultivate a trade and permit cooperation between the two institutions.

Authorities from Egypt have requested the Rosetta Stone be returned for years but have yet to see recompense.

If you don’t already know what the Rosetta Stone is, it is THE singular artifact engraved with Ancient Greek, Demotic and Egyptian hieroglyphs that allowed 19th century linguists to translate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic language to English.

A similar situation has arouse over the Greek figures, the Elgin Marbles which also reside in the British Museum and have not yet been returned to their homeland.

 

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One of the most visited beaches in the world—the one made famous by the film The Beach featuring Leonardo DiCaprio—will close, indefinitely, because it needs to recover from damages caused by millions of visitors over the years.

Maya Bay, known for its incredibly blue, clear water and golden sands, surrounded by the Ko Phi Phi Leh Island cliffs, is one of Thailand’s highest volume tourist areas since it made its Hollywood debut in The Beach.

Up to 5,000 visitors and 200 boats a day would visit the relatively small beach which, over time, has caused incredible environmental damage. Authorities are now calling for a one-year minimum closure of the beach.

Tourism has caused a laundry list of issues from the pollution caused by litter, boats and sun screen to the Maya Bay coral of which only about 20% remains alive, according to estimates. However, the beach brought in a little over the equivalent of 12 million USD each year, thus authorities were reluctant to close it even though there was evidence of the grave damage for years.

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Hawaii promises a vacation paradise to travelers and has long been on the bucket list for many Americans. Hawaii, the 50th state in the Union, offers Americans a truly unique cultural experience without leaving their own country.

However, getting there is a bit of a hassle.

And considering that flying is becoming more arduous and not less, there is a vacuum in air service that might make the journey as much a paradise as the destination.

Hawaiian Airlines might not have succeeded in making the journey a paradise, however, with their new idea they might have made the often fifteen hour trip much easier for New Englanders.

Hawaiian Airlines has announced a 10 hour non-stop flight from Boston to Honolulu. The airline has dubbed this the longest domestic flight in US history. And it will be a five day a week service. Logan International and Daniel K. Inouye International Airports will now be directly connected and hopefully filled with much happier passengers.
278 seat Airbus A330 jets will start the new service on April 4th.

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