Moroccan Mediterrania Saidia Property Launch

The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI recently inaugurated the prestigious Mediterrania Saidia community, the most exclusive new coastal development in Morocco, and the ‘Cote d’Azur’ of this region with 5 star facilities front line to the best beaches in Morocco.

The event launched the 2nd part of the enormous marina with capacity to host 1350 boats, El Palmeral golf course, an 18 hole championship course to be managed by Troon Golf, the Medina Saidia, a 40-hectare shopping area built just like the traditional Moroccan medina in Marrakech and two beach front hotels: the Barcelo and the Iberostar.

Mediterrania Saidia is the first and only government-backed project on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco and this Government funding means a very low risk, very important in today’s market. Prices are a fraction of other established luxury marina reference points in the region like Puerte Banus, Vilamoura and the Cote d’Azur.

The new community is close to Oujda airport and direct flights from the UK will be available once the hotel bookings start flooding in. To give you an idea, there will be over 20 global hotel groups working in Saidia including the Riu, Barcelo, Globalia, Iberstar, Radisson, Best Western, Golden Tulip, World Hotels to name but a few.

Special tax rules granted by the government add to the excellent investment credentials of Saidia and strict planning rules limit development to the absolute minimum. The Mediterrania Saidia resort covers 7,000,000 m2 and will have a capacity of 30,000 beds, and generate 8,000 direct jobs and 40,000 indirect ones by 2013. Very low-density build enhances the 5 star luxury environment. Up to now, 33% of the accommodation capacity has been achieved, and 1,700 direct and 8,500 indirect jobs have been created.

For you entertainment, service and safety there are:

* 6 kilometres of beach with 17 exclusive beach clubs * 3 designer golf courses – one championship standard * Commercial areas including the large Moroccan Souk * Top international brands, bars, restaurants, and shopping centre * Spa, fitness clubs, water parks and a medical centre * Comprehensive 5 star sports facilities including David Lloyd tennis club * Football stadium, indoor and outdoor public pools including one Olympic size * 1,000-seat business auditorium and exhibition centre * Diving, sailing centre and yacht club * Medical centre and heliport * Water park

The 1.5 billion dollar Saidia community is part of the Moroccan Government’s “Plan Azur” programme that aims to create new tourist destinations and increase the GDP contribution of Moroccan tourism to 20% by 2010. This will be achieved with the development of coastal resorts amongst other key initiatives. Saidia is considered the most important of the Plan Azur projects, as it is the largest and first to be launch.

Architectural Modeling Is a Big But Small Business

It has been recently noted that a good career path might be that of an architect. Indeed, as construction and building are on the rise going in 2013 more and more people are considering having their dream home built, and some businesses are expanding their operations and in need of new facilities. Someone has to design these buildings, and make sure they are architecturally sound. It will take someone with experience, know-how, and licensed credentials. Now might be a good time to be an architect in other words. Okay so let’s talk about this for second shall we?

What type of jobs and careers are there out there in the architectural field?

The Wall Street Journal on December 21, 2012 had an article “Scaling Down Expectations – A master of miniature homes brings architects’ visions to life; hand-painting the hydrangeas,” by Sanette Tanaka which told of the high price tags of architectural modeling, something that every developer knows is essential to passing a planning commission meeting with flying colors without being lambasted by evil commenters, bad-attitude commissioners, or environmental activists.

A dream home mini-mansion model might cost anywhere from $5,000 to 15,000 just for the HO or 1:100 scale model. You might not think that model building and architectural rendering belongs in the category of an architectural career path, but I assure you it does. Everything must be built to scale, and it is exactly what the customer, the community, and the local authorities need to help them visualize the project. A good solid model can make or break the decision to build or not to build. Nothing happens until that point, until the decision is made and the customer OK’s the funding under the nod and go ahead of the local planning commission authority.

Some might say this is kids play, but let me tell you when I was a kid building Legos, HO scale train models, I don’t remember ever receiving $5-$10,000 for building a diorama with structures on it. Imagine being a grown up and getting paid that sort of money to build models, that’s what I call never growing up, and never working again your life in your architectural career.

In the future, I suppose there will be 3-D printing of such models, and it will just be a matter of painting, and colorizing the landscape. Still, if the going price is $5000-$10,000 one might be able to make that sort of money over just a couple days period. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Cloud Based Solutions For Small Business – Yes, It's For You Too!

62% of small business report they are using some type of cloud application, up from 48% at the beginning of the year and 28% a year ago. Let’s think about that. 15% to 20% adoption rates each year. Why? Because small businesses are starting to find out that cloud based solutions aren’t big and scary, nor are they cost prohibitive. Most of this growth is coming in lare scale adoptions like Microsoft 365, or online file-sharing services such as Dropbox, but most haven’t moved into online productivity offerings in a big way just yet… but they will.

If you are considering moving productivity suites to the cloud, which include word processing, spreadsheet, call center and calendar applications, adoption is incredibly slow among small business owners. Cloud-based productivity suites, like telecom solutions including IVR set-up or outbound power dialers, have the lowest adoption rates of all. Nearly two out of three businesses have no plans to use cloud-based productivity suites. Only 14% of those surveyed are currently using cloud-based productivity suites, and just 22% are thinking about adopting these services in 2013.

Cloud based solutions remove costly overhead. They do this through accessibility, collaboration and convenience. However, businesses often feel insecure about the data that’s being passed through these services. This is why the lack of control over data security (cited by 73%); legal liabilities and compliance issues (49%), and reliability (48%) are the three top concerns for small business owners that are considering “the cloud”. Most of these concerns are mitigated when you look at cloud solutions for phone solutions such as inbound and outbound IVR, or automated call distribution, or even power/predictive dialing features.

Another recent Deloitte survey also noted that mid-size businesses described as those with annual revenues between $50 million and $100 million are catching the fever of cloud religion. This expansive survey of 500+ executives found that more than 40% (up from 30% last year) recognize cloud computing or Software as a Service (Saas) as one of the most important technology investments for 2013. The amount of businesses that are turning to cloud based solutions to empower their call center agents will likely catch up to that in short order, as education around the value and lack of restraints improve. It’s important to note that there are no compliance issues when changing to cloud based solutions. In fact, access to records is normally faster and more reliable than dealing with clunky on-premise records that may be hard copy based and easily destroyed, lost or misplaced.

In closing, there’s a “quick list” of good reasons to adopt the cloud. These include:

* Accessible anytime from anywhere.

* Safe & secure data storage.

* Affordability by avoiding on-premise hardware.

* Scalability to grow as your business does.

* Compliance and ease of retrieval for key data.

For more information on how cloud based IVR solutions or virtual call centers can work for your small business, visit Corvisa Cloud on the web.

Honda CR-V – The Reliable SUV

The Honda CR-V doesn’t have the same appeal as a BMW X3 or Audi Q5, but the latest CR-V built in Swindon certainly makes up for that by being very well built and solidly engineered. It is a large SUV but still it drives very well especially if you go for the powerful 2.2-litre diesel model and quick manual gearbox. For the first time the CR-V is available with two-wheel drive. However, the big downfall is that the CR-V still comes as a five-seater rather than offering seven seats. Honda’s CR-V is no different from other SUV’s in the market as it looks like the same, but it should be noted that it is more striking than its predecessor.

Honda’s latest styling, a mix of angular and rounded shapes is used to good effect on the CR-V. It manages to look solid and rough. The interior is also an upgrade both in terms of quality and design. Although the CR-V is a large and tall car but it drives well and offer a comfortable ride. The 2.2-litre diesel gives a useful push, but is quiet on motorway. The 2.0-litre engine is also quiet and refined. Try not to go the five speed auto option as if feels outdated and lazy compared to the quick manual. The power steering is all electric but it feels lifeless.

Honda’s CR-V comes equipped with safety kit, which also includes an advanced stability control system. It also included Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System. This system monitors the distance of the CR-V for impact with the car in front and on sensing the collision it brakes automatically. It also has a high seating position which gives a great view of the road. Honda is the reliability champion and the new CR-V should carry on with this tradition as it is solidly built and engineered. It has enlarged windows which give the driver a commanding view of the road.

These large windows also help the visibility. The boot is bigger and there is plenty of storage in the cabin as well. The CR-V can now be had in two-wheel drive but that is only available with the petrol engine till 2013, when a new 1.6litre diesel engine will join the range. The best option for now, is the 2.2-litre diesel as it offers good performance and is economical (manages almost 50mpg) and eco friendly. Top-spec EX variant is the biggest seller as it comes with 18-inch alloys, a panoramic sunroof, sat-nav, xenon lights, parking camera, climate control, leather upholstery and a DAB radio as standard.