Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Price, Box Contents Purportedly Leaked Ahead of Launch

Five more teaser videos are expected before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 as the MARKETING CAMPAIGN is called “Seven Days of Unboxing.” Next teaser videos are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday as per the company website.
Earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was seen as available for purchase on Dubizzle, a Dubai-based website, with box content images as well as price. According to the listing, the Galaxy S7 Edge was listed for AED 4,500 (approximately Rs. 84,000) while the Galaxy S7 is listed for AED 4,200 (approximately Rs. 78,000). The listing has a tagline that says, “Get before commercial launch, imported from USA.”
It’s worth noting that all these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Samsung has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable.

A recent report had suggested that the Galaxy S7 will be available at a starting price of EUR 699.99 (approximately Rs. 53,500) for the 32GB model while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will start at EUR 799.99 (approximately Rs. 61,000) for the 32GB model. Earlier reports have suggested that the both the phones will start to ship only starting March 11. Samsung, days ahead of its Galaxy S7 launch at its pre-MWC 2016 event, has rolled out two teaser videos as a part of its “Seven Days of Unboxing” campaign.

While the first video shows a child unboxing the flagship smartphone, interestingly the second shows a llama unboxing the handset. Both the child and the llama are then asked to paint what they saw. While the child’s painting unsurprisingly showed a rough image of a smartphone, the llama’s painting looked abstract like modern art.

Diary of a Ugandan Tourist in Dubai

I have always dreamt of going to Dubai, largely because of how much I had read about those Emiratis’ success story.

The prospect of seeing this architectural marvel of the world put visiting Dubai at the top of my bucket list. When Emirates Airline recently offered to show me the Dubai sights and sounds for a week, I was too excited.

That I was flying business class on the airline famed for its inflight amenities (its inflight entertainment, ICE, has been voted the best for 12 years in a row) did not help my excitement one bit.

And that is how I found myself last week in this one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, where Abu Dhabi is the capital city and Dubai the most populous – and possibly popular – city.

Visiting in January came with bonuses of great weather – the emirates are in their winter season; so, temperatures average at 21 degrees – and the Dubai shopping festival.

Well, save for the sometimes strong breeze, the weather felt like Kampala on a normal day. But then I remembered that September day last year when I transited through the Dubai airport at 10pm and the temperature outside was 37 degrees Celsius!

Yes, this was indeed winter. Anwar, a city guide, confirmed that on an ordinary day, the temperatures in the city can be anywhere between 46 and 56 degrees Celsius, and up to 38 degrees at night.

I notoriously develop insomnia during travel, be it to my hometown Masaka, or to the moon. But on this business class Emirates flight, I owed it to myself and clan to recline my seat all the way into that famed bed, and even flip onto my stomach like I sleep at home, just for… just.

After five and a half hours, we landed in Dubai and proceeded to Le Meridien hotel just across from the airport; so close that my view out the window was of a plane taking off every five minutes.

DAY ONE

The hotel room; ah! Anyway, after heavy breakfast from one of the hotel’s 18 restaurants, we leave for Emirates Flight Catering. The Kenyan operations manager Glory Kinyua and her colleague Jane Zdrojewski meet us and for the next couple of hours walk us through the company that provides food for flights through Dubai and is considered the largest volume caterer in the world.

With 277 high loaders and 16 more on the way, this unit handles 150,000 meals a day on average, and has loaded more than 321 million meals on flights since 2007 alone, employing at least 10,000 people.

With my feet aching from walking up and down for hours, one would expect me to go back to my five-star hotel. Wrong. We ask the driver to drop us off in the Deira section of Dubai, where we raid shops for budget shopping and speak Luganda with the random Ugandans we bump into here. We are back in time for a late lunch at the hotel and I will remember the taste of those spicy king prawns for a while. In the evening we set out for a boat cruise on the Dubai creek, a natural waterway being considered by Unesco as a world heritage site.

It is a great way to see the city as guests tuck into a three-course meal consisting of prawns for starters, duck for the main meal and a chocolatey dessert. I step off the Bateaux Dubai feeling contented and… fat.

DAY TWO

We set out for a city tour with Anwar at 10am. This Moroccan who has lived in Dubai for 17 years is part of a staggering 80 per cent expatriates that keep the Dubai economy afloat.

In fact, the only time I see the native Emiratis is in the fancy restaurants in the evenings when they come out in their sparkling white dishdashas (tunics) for men and black abayas for women. That, and their expensive guzzlers.

So much so that Anwar tells us the ‘normal’ cars are on the streets during the day when most Emiratis are enjoying siestas at home, and in the evening the distinctive sound and sight of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys, among others, take over.

Otherwise, the shops, hotels, and offices are teeming with foreigners: Indians, Chinese and Africans, as well as Americans and Europeans. I ask Anwar what the local Emiratis do.

“In this country there is zero per cent unemployment. The locals are rich enough they don’t work. They own what you see; only five per cent of them [hold regular jobs],” he says.

As we drive towards Palm Jumeira, the man-made luxury island in the shape of a palm tree, Anwar says Dubai has a population of 1.8 million, comprising 180 nationalities mostly speaking English.

He points out that the Emir of Dubai, also vice president/prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is much revered because the monarchy has built the locals free houses, given them free education – even abroad – as well as free hospitals, not to mention a tax-free economy.

He says since the country started exporting oil and gas in 1966, it has experienced rapid growth and it is the emirs’ policy to share proceeds with all Emiratis. Oh, glorious day when that happens in Africa!

According to Anwar, Abu Dhabi is the richest of the seven emirates, thanks to its estimated 200-years’ worth of oil reserves. Dubai, on the other hand, has just a few reserves remaining and its oil is expected to run out in a few years.

But the emirate’s GDP depends only 7.1 per cent on oil; the main sources of income for Dubai are now tourism, trade and industry. Soon, after us oohing and aahing at the architecture that makes Dubai unique, we drive on to the trunk of Palm Jumeira; the trunk is a lengthy multiple-lane highway lined with luxury apartments. Its 16 fronds branch off to several villas owned by the rich and famous of the world.

On a crescent ahead, the famous Atlantis hotel looms, with its water games and aquariums. It is only accessible by the driverless metro or through an underwater tunnel; so, we settle for Anwar’s tales, before driving back towards Deira.

Dubai, now preparing to host the Expo in 2020, is also constructing other ambitious projects that challenge nature in the form of Palm Deira, The World (both of which, like Palm Jumeira, involve pumping desert sand into the sea to create dry land) as well as the Hydropolis hotel, an underwater paradise where, like Anwar cheekily notes, one is advised not to open their windows.

The Al Sufouh street we drive along is lined with magnificent palace after magnificent palace belonging to Al Maktoum family members. It is unbelievable that we all stay in the same world!

The world’s most photographed hotel and most recognizable city landmark, the seven-star Burj Al Arab, looms ahead as we head for the 14km Dubai Creek, past the coral-built, 200-year-old Dubai museum.

Using a water taxi, we cross to the spice market and gold souk, where the world’s largest gold ring (certified by the Guiness Book of World Records) stands on display at Kanz Jewellers.

The Najmat Taiba estimated to cost $3m is a 21-carat ring weighing 64kg with at least five kilos of precious stones. I am overwhelmed by the volume of gold in this market; door-to-door, gold, which is important to the Arabic culture, is on display it threatens to blind you. In the evening, we join Emirates Airline corporate communications manager, Andre Martin at the Palace hotel.

This is where the Thiptara restaurant is housed in downtown Dubai, and the prime location of our table ensures we not only have great food but also front-row seats for the fountains show on the Burj lake that leaves me speechless.

Every 30 minutes, the fountains go off as if in dance to synchronised music that echoes from the surrounding buildings. In the background, the world’s tallest building, the colourful Burj Khalifa, and the world’s biggest mall, the Dubai mall, provide the perfect backdrop.

‘Dancing’ first to Enrique lglesias’ Hero and winding up spectacularly with Michael Jackson’s Thriller as hundreds of tourists at the lakeside cheer, this is a highlight of my trip.

As we leave the hotel, a traffic jam has formed outside, with arriving guests. From the impressive latest-model Bentleys, Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Range Rovers and Mercedes Benzes on display, it is clear, the locals have come out to play. Sigh!

Border Fast Pass for Tourists Crossing into the U.S. at San Ysidro

Save Time Crossing Back into the U.S.!

A frequent question we receive from readers is if the Fast Pass still exists (and how to get one). Yes it does and most of the time it works great! However if you have been following the Fast Pass for awhile, you may know that some time ago restaurants were banned from offering it. We have been hoping this would change in time, but unfortunately it hasn’t. However there are still a good number of hotels who offer it (with guidelines). The entrance to the Fast Pass Lane is still in the same place it has been.

If you haven’t heard of the Fast Pass, below we offer all the information we know about it and list all the establishments we are aware of who offer it. If you know of any establishment that we do not have listed, please let us know. Because of helpful readers, we have been able to keep this list as updated as possible. For years now there has been no official list of establishments from the authorities of the Fast Pass. Updates are much appreciated. Happy summer travels.

Fast Pass Tips:

Be sure to double check that the hotel or establishment listed below offers the Fast Pass.
If an establishment offers the pass, it is still subject to availability.
Need help finding the entrance to the Fast Pass Lane? See our photo directions to find the Fast Pass Lane
Google Map to the Fast Pass Lane from the Río Zone or along the road that borders the U.S. – Avenida Internacional.
Sometimes there are cones that block the Fast Pass entrance as you approach the booth. If you pull off near the cones the officers will come out of the booth to take your ticket and graciously let you through.
What is the Fast Pass Lane?

The Fast Pass Lane, offcially called FastLane, is a designated lane for tourists (vacationers, business people and medical tourism) who have visited certain establishments in Baja. The Fast Pass Lane is open at the Tijuana/San Ysidro border crossing. It differs from the SENTRI Lane. A Fast Pass is a single-use pass that gives you access to a special lane designated for tourists.
This lane does not have any affiliation with U.S. authorities and you will still need to present the necessary documentation to U.S. border officials. The Fast Pass Lane is also known as the Medical Lane and many medical offices in Tijuana and beyond offer it. The Fast Pass program is run by the Ayuntamiento de Tijuana.

Generally, who is eligible for a Fast Pass?

Tourists who patronize certain hotels and medical offices in the Fast Pass program
The vehicle must have U.S., Canadian, etc. license plates (Mexican plated vehicles are not eligible)
Motorcycles and vehicles with trailers are not eligible
How much time can I save by using the Fast Pass Lane?

This lane will significantly reduce your wait time to get back into the U.S. Reports say the wait on average is 30 minutes or so. 15 minute waits or less are not unusual. Of course it depends upon the time of day and the day you travel. Sometimes the Fast Pass Lane is faster than the SENTRI.
How do I get a Fast Pass?

Certain merchants in the city of Rosarito, Ensenada and Tijuana carry the Fast Pass. See the list of establishments below.
What are the hours of operation of the Fast Pass Lane?

The lane is open daily from 8am to 10pm.
What border crossings have a Fast Pass Lane?

Only the San Ysidro border crossing has a Fast Pass Lane at this time.
Where is the Fast Pass Lane located?

See our photo directions on how to get to the Fast Pass Lane.
How much does it cost to get a Fast Pass?

The pass is generally free once you have met the hotel’s requirements. However we have heard some establishments do charge for the Fast Pass.
Is the Fast Pass Lane like the SENTRI Lane?

It is similar to the SENTRI in that you may cross the border faster, however there is no background check and the pass is only good for one crossing.
List of establishments who offer the Fast Pass

Check with the establishment for specific requirements and to be sure they still offer the Fast Pass. Some will offer it with a package or service and others for visiting their spa, restaurants, etc. with a minimum purchase. Some do not require a minimum purchase. The requirements vary greatly.

Establishments in Rosarito:

Rosarito Beach Hotel
Rosarito Inn
Las Rocas
Puerto Nuevo Hotel (formerly Grand Baja)
Festival Plaza
Avila’s Dental Group
Establishments in Ensenada:

Posada El Rey Sol
Bajamar Ocean Front Golf Resort & Pro Shop
San Nicolás Hotel
Hotel Coral & Marina
Hotel Las Rosas
Estero Beach Hotel
Hotel Corona
Villa Marina Hotel
Villa Fontana Inn
Best Western El Cid
Adobe Guadalupe Hotel
Establishments in Tijuana:

Dali Suites – Playas de Tijuana
Real del Mar
Know of a hotel or medical office that offers the Fast Pass?

Let us know! Unfortunately, now that the pass is under the control of the Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, there is not an official list of establishments. Therefore we try our best to find out where they are being offered. Please email us – service(at)bajabound.com – if you have any information. It would be greatly appreciated!
Are there any other options to cross the border faster besides the Fast Pass or SENTRI?

Yes. In San Ysidro and Otay Mesa are the Ready Lanes. These lanes require you to have one of the several types of RFID enabled cards like a passport card, SENTRI card, enhanced drivers license, etc. Passports with chips do not always work in this lane however. Read more about the Ready Lanes…
Read about 3 Ways To Cross Back to the U.S. Faster!

Are you looking to offer the Fast Pass to your guests?

If you are a business located in Tijuana, Rosarito, or Ensenada, the Ayuntamiento de Tijuana may be able to offer the Fast Pass to your hotel or medical office. Contact their offices at (664) 973-7036 Monday through Friday 9am to 2pm. Let us know your business offers the Fast Pass and we will add you to our list.
Let us know how the Fast Pass worked for you!

This page will be updated as the program is further developed. Have you used the lane already? Please let us know your experience by emailing us at service(at)bajabound.com. Thank you for your comments.

What does travel insurance cover?

1. Cancelled Trips
This is the #1 concern with most travelers.

Plane tickets, cruise fare, tour packages, hotel rooms, charter fishing boats, golf greens fees.

You invest money when planning a trip. If these expenses are pre-paid and non-refundable, you risk losing it if something goes wrong.

Trip Cancellation Coverage reimburses you for pre-paid, non-refundable expenses if you need to cancel your trip before you depart.

Insurance companies provide a list of covered reasons for trip cancellation, an overview of typical covered reasons is below.

Covered reasons to cancel your trip:

Sickness, injury, or death of you, a family member, or a traveling companion
Hurricane damages your destination or cancels your flight
Laid off from work or required to work
Terrorist incident in your destination city
Bankruptcy of your travel supplier
Called for jury duty
This is only a partial list, but you can see it covers very common situations for cancelling.

The most common reason is the first one…someone getting sick or a family member passing away.

Trip Interruption Coverage is similar to cancellation coverage, but covers you while you are on your trip for the same list of covered reasons.

If something happens and you are required to return home, insurance will reimburse you for the lost portion of your trip…as well as any additional expenses for the last-minute flight home.

2. Medical emergencies abroad
This is crucial, and often overlooked.

Most people think they are covered for medical emergencies if they already have existing health care insurance. Within the United States, that will be true.

Outside the U.S., however, is a big IF. Most do not provide coverage, and Medicare never covers you abroad.

Would you feel comfortable having a family member risk inadequate medical care in a foreign country?

For cruises, your health insurance from home may not cover you if you’re traveling on a foreign-flagged ship (which includes most cruise ships).

Medical Expense Coverage will cover you for accidents and emergency medical and dental care when you travel abroad.

Even if you are covered for basic emergency care overseas (again, a big IF), your current health insurance provider will almost certainly NOT pay to evacuate you and repatriate you back to the U.S.

3. Emergency evacuations
Emergency Evacuation Coverage will pay for emergency evacuation expenses such as airlifts and medically equipped flights back home, and oftentimes will transport you to the hospital of your choice for care.

Evacuation expenses can be devastating.

An ambulance to the hospital, an airlift to a more adequate hospital, getting you back home on board a medically-staffed flight afterwards…evacuation expenses can easily cost $50,000.

4. Lost bags, delayed bags, delayed flights
These coverage are for the “smaller things” that are nice to have. Again, the list is not complete but it will give you an idea of some additional coverages.

Baggage Coverage can reimburse you for your personal belongings if your luggage is lost, stolen or damaged.

Baggage Delay Coverage provides money to buy essential items until your delayed bags arrive, such as a toiletry kit, a swimsuit, or another change of clothes.

Travel Delay Coverage provides reimbursement for additional expenses if your flight is delayed, such as an extra night in a hotel or a meal at a restaurant.

5. Phone assistance 24/7 worldwide
This is about having a ‘lifeline’ to call when something happens.

Medical emergencies, stolen baggage, lost passports, cancelled flights. Every travel insurance company provides 24/7 support for all of these needs.

This service is most important when you have a medical issue.

24/7 Travel Assistance Services can help you:

Locate the nearest adequate hospital if needed
Organize medical transportation
Arrange for treatment and overcome any language barriers
Organize transportation home
Replace prescriptions in an emergency
In addition, non-medical assistance may include:

Lost baggage search; stolen luggage replacement assistance
Lost passport/travel documents assistance
Travel information including visa/passport requirements
Emergency telephone interpretation assistance
Additional coverage with travel insurance
Travel insurance can also provides coverage for:

Life Insurance coverage for accidental death or dismemberment.

Hazardous Sports extends the medical coverage to cover activities like SCUBA.

Rental Car Collision replaces your personal insurance or the rental company policy.

Identity Theft provides services to help in the event of identity theft while traveling.

Travel insurance covers cancellations, medical expenses, evacuations, losses or delays, and 24/7 assistance
You can use our comparison tool to get quotes and compare vacation plans.

Next in the series:
Coming up we will look at the Two Most Popular Types of Travel Insurance, where you’ll discover the type of plan that accounts for 96% of travel insurance plans.

Long Weekend in Dubai

Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the UAE, United Arab Emirates, a country that only came into existence forty one years ago. The discovery of vast oil reserves soon after rapidly created a millionaires’ paradise. Twenty five years ago Dubai was a small desert town famed for pearl diving, but with the help of oil revenue the city many love to loathe erupted from the desert. Gleaming skyscrapers, obscene luxury and extravagant mod cons, Dubai presents itself as one of the financial and tourism capitals of the world, and with over 80% of the population expatriates (the majority from India, Pakistan and the Philippines), the city certainly has a global feel… but there a dark side if you choose to look.
Following America’s lead, the UAE certainly believes bigger is better. The record breaking Downtown Dubai boasts the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall and The Dubai Fountain – yep, you guessed it, the world’s largest fountain… built right here in a water-starved desert. Can I get drunk, I hear you ask? There are some of the world’s best restaurants, bars and clubs where you can drink to your heart’s content. No women don’t need to cover up but it is recommended to dress demurely in public.

The city runs along the coastline and is easily navigated by the 14 lane behemoth known as Sheikh Zayed Road. Starting in Deira, known as old Dubai you can see how Dubai used to be. Next is Downtown Dubai where most tourists spend all their money and time shopping. Further on is the man-made Palm Jumeriah Island and the Marina. The metro runs along the road all the way and is the budget way to get around although taxis are numerous and remarkably cheap, $15 for an hour long trip! Unless you enjoy sweating profusely from every pore in your body do not attempt a visit between June and September, the season the locals call hell, as it can get to 55C.

Best of the Beaten Track
For most Downtown Dubai, the home of all the brand new mega attractions, is the obvious place to start exploring. Although impressive some say it lacks soul… and of course it’s designed to sap your cash reserves. My favourite part of town is the souks. The traditional marketplaces of yesteryear have been renovated, in true Dubai style, to make them bigger and better and are definitely worth getting lost in. There are gold, spice, garment and tourist tat areas and a dishevelled Hindu temple. Be prepared to haggle as they will always give you at least 50% off if you have the bartering skills.

Top 10 Things To Do in Dubai over 4 days

we travelled to Dubai this summer for a brief holiday which lasted just 4 days. We generally prefer to take more short breaks of 4-5 days and one longer break as that allows us to visit more places in a year.
Dubai Top 10 Things to Do in 4 days
Like always, we did a lot of research to plan for our trip. The usual sources – Trip Advisor, Personal blogs, Dubai Timeout, Lonely Planet Travel Guide, Dubai tourism website and some tips from relatives and friends helped us to firm up our itinerary.
We had an awesome time in Dubai and although there are so many things to do but we planned our first trip here to cover the essentials.
So am writing this blog to share our experience and list the top 10 things to do in Dubai. We are no travel experts but who cares! This is our list.Since we gain so much from those who write about their travel experiences, this is our small payback. So here we go.
No.1 Attraction in Dubai : Dubai Fountain
Some say the best things in life are free. And this certainly proved true here in Dubai at The Dubai Fountains – the world’s largest choreographed fountain system on the Burj Khalifa lake. These fountains are animated with performances set to sound and music.