Remarkable Events of Dubai For a Tourist

Dubai is an emirate (a political region ruled by a Muslim monarch dynasty) inside United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai is situated south east of Gulf of Persia on the Peninsula of Arabia. Dubai is an international city and a business center. Dubai share border borders with Abu Dhabi. It directly lies on the Arabian Desert. Its topography is characterized by sandy desert patterns. Dubai experiences a hot desert climate. Summers are windy, humid and extremely hot with temperatures rising up to 42 degree Celsius during the day and dropping to around 29 degree Celsius at night. On the other hand winters are warm with 23 degrees Celsius during the day and 14 degree Celsius during the night. In order to move around the city, you can use the public Bus system or just use Taxi.

Apart from the oil production industry, Dubai is also known globally as a tourist attraction center. It is home to so many amazing natural and physical features that tourist flock to marvel at. Dubai also hosts amazing events that tourists love. The following are several of the most remarkable events of Dubai for tourists.

1) Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF): This amazing event takes place each winter with its huge range competitions, discounts, prizes, entertainment and prizes. The DSF offers astonishing discounts, luring holiday makers from all over the world keen to grab on bargain. This event was established in 1996 as an idea of the government to promote trade. The DSF gets larger and better each year. The event is a retail and a family event with great focus on mall based early evening shows and entertainment. Its success has been proven by the huge numbers of tourist from different parts of the world. The event kicks off every mid January with a giant opening night that is characterized with fireworks and light shows and ends on the last day of February. Other events linked with the DSF range from street performers, in- mall fashion shows, musicians plus other entertainers. Shoppers get an opportunity to get the latest designer wears or Top Street must haves at unbelievable prices and win cars, money and holidays through raffles and competitions.

2) Omega Dubai Desert Classic: This is an annual event that begun in 1989. It is hosted at the Emirates Golf Club Majlis Course. It attracts top icons of the golf sport. For example Tiger Woods has taken part in this prestigious event at least six times for the last ten years and has carried the winner’s prize home two times. The event is organized and promoted by the Umbrella Organization Golf in Dubai. The event has been rated amid the top ten largest golf tournaments worldwide in the latest Bleacher report (the 4th largest media site in the United States). This event kicks off every February and runs through the month.

3) The Dubai Jazz Festival: This festival offers a comforting environment and comfortable seating, along with specially prepared food and beverage spot by the intercontinental hotel. This event offers five great nights of live jazz gigs, in which fans enjoy a variety exceptional performances by legendary performers and musicians. This event takes place annually in February.

4) The YAS Marina Formula 1: This event assures a festive atmosphere, with championship racing on the Yas Marina Circuit. The event features famous formula one driver. It provides so much entertainment to anyone watching the event.

5) The Bride show: Takes place each April annually. This event features a huge range of events cored on weddings’ theme. This event attracts huge numbers of exhibitors from all around the world. This event is usually held at the Dubai International Exhibition Center.

What Are Ecommerce Shopping Carts and How Can They Help Your Business Thrive?

The development of the Internet has made it possible to take any idea and market it successfully anywhere in the world. To truly take advantage of this remarkable situation you need to have a viable website and access to one of several ecommerce shopping carts that are currently in use.

Not sure exactly how an ecommerce shopping cart works? Don’t know what features to look for? Not to worry, we will cover all of that and more.

What is a Virtual Shopping Cart?

Simply put, a virtual shopping cart is a piece of software which is used to help customers make purchases online. It “collects” items the user wishes to purchase, tracks how many of each item they want, gathers shipping and billing information and calculates taxes and other essential fees.

While they don’t handle the financial transactions, they act as the front end (what the customer sees while shopping) so it is important to get the right shopping cart for your business.

How to Pick

There are plenty of shopping carts you can choose from which means you have to be careful with your selection. Both free and premium shopping carts can be set up to serve your website, but you want quality as much as savings.

Read the details on each service diligently. There may be some features your business can manage without. By the same token, there are some essential functions that will make your life much simpler.

Cross selling – this function makes suggestions and recommendations based upon what the customer has just selected to place in their cart. You can even arrange for a complimentary product to be offered at a discount. Impulse shopping is just as common online as in the stores.

Affiliate programs – if you purchase the right shopping cart software it will allow you to set up an affiliate program with other businesses they serve. This is an inexpensive way to market your product to receptive individuals.

Tracking services – many shopping cart programs can track your sales, letting you know what you are selling, when and where. This can help you tailor your offerings.

Marketing capabilities – some carts come with newsletter and auto-responder functions. This eliminates the need to get additional marketing software, decreasing the number of programs and services you need to obtain.

Coupon and Discount Support – using affiliate coupons, promo codes and other such marketing techniques will help you attract additional customers. Selecting a shopping cart that is capable of accepting and processing such offers will make for a smoother shopping experience and increase customer retention.

The Nuts and Bolts of Selection

Understanding what functions you need is important, but you also need to consider just what a particular service will be able to offer your business. You want a service which will be able to grow with your business.

Compatibility with your payment processing arrangement is even more important. Each payment gateway has its own way of processing payment, and while there is some degree of standardization, you want to make sure that you don’t need to make radical changes in what already works.

Can you make use of third party payment systems, gift cards and electronic checks? If you use them already with your merchant account, you will want to continue using them with your shopping cart.

The level of customer support and disaster planning is also critically important for your shopping cart to be a good option. It is essential that you be able to access support at all times. A user forum is a good indication that the company takes customer service seriously.

Run a test – send a question to the sales department and see how quickly they answer. If they can’t be bothered with you now, when they should be wooing you, chances are you won’t get a better response once they have your money.

Once all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, you will be able to select the best shopping cart program for your business, and the ease of making purchases will encourage your customers to keep coming back for more.

In-N-Out Burger Sets the Standard for Remarkable Service

I just got out of the gym and ordered a “protein burger” from In n’ Out.

For you east coast folks out there; In N’ Out is our flagship burger chain here in the West Coast (mainly California and Nevada). There’s nothing quite like it in the U.S. (Esquire magazine echoed similar statements). When they opened shop in Reno, the line reached couple of blocks away.

They’re so fanatical in the quality of their burger it took them 50 years to open a restaurant in Reno (when they were already 200 miles away). Bad news for you Yankees. It’s going to take a while.

So I ordered the protein burger (instead of sponge buns, they use lettuce as ‘buns’) for $1.85.

And the pleasant looking girl asked if I wanted water to go with it. No Up-sells (not that it’s bad). No fancy terminologies. No 25 cents-for-extra-sauce-demands. Just plain and simple good service to match their magnificent burgers.

Not once do they miss little details like grilled onions instead of fresh – or giving you incomplete orders – I wish I can say the same thing with other fast food chains.

In my experience, remarkable experience have these components:

  • Fanatical leader: One who sets the vision and makes sure that it’s practiced throughout the company – from the CEO to the Server.
  • Incremental improvement instead of aiming for overnight success: They keep it simple. Constant improvement in reaching systematic remarkable experience.
  • Feedback: listening and acting on it. But they don’t try to please everybody. In-N-Out offers a tenth of what normal fast food chains have in their menus.
  • First things first: Customers, employees, profits.

I write about this because it inspires me to create something similar in my market. I’m a “little guy” business man who buys and sells real estate. But what’s stopping us from following these game changers?

I want to recreate this REMARKABLE experience in my business. From what I write online (initial contact) all the way to the closing – perhaps adding a nice In-N-Out gift certificate as a closing gift =)