NEW YORK – Two Jerusalem hotels were among the top 10 Best in the World Middle Eastern hotels as ranked by the Conde Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Inbal Jerusalem came in at No. 4, while the David Citadel tied with the Grand Hyatt Amman in Jordan at No. 6.
The rankings were based on 28,876 responses to a readers’ survey through Global Market Insite Inc. Customers reviewed hotelsbased on criteria such as food, location, design and service.
The Inbal, located near Liberty Bell Park, was lauded for exceptional food, location and design in finishing with an overall score of 87.5. The David Citadel, which overlooks the Old City, received high marks for location, rooms and activities, and had a score of 86.
Hotels in Dubai, Doha and Riyadh were mentioned as well, with the Park Hyatt Dubai topping the list with a score of 95.5.
Application available to Android, iPhone users. Google compiles list of over one million words, expressions in both languages
Google announced on Monday the expansion of its Voice Search application to Hebrew and Arabic. According to the search engine giant, users in Jordan, Kuwait, Israel can now use Voice Search to get search results quickly.
Google stated that the application is now capable of recognizing 29 languages and accents. The announcement was posted on Google Mobile’s official blog site.
The application is available on Android and iPhone. Android users have to ensure their Android operation system is a later version than the Android 2.2.
The Android application can recognize only one language, and changing the language requires changing the phone’s language settings. iPhone users can choose the language from a language menu.Google said it had to negotiate a few unique challenges while creating the application, mainly programming the application to understand words with vowel points and collocations.
To overcome the problem, Google compiled a list of over one million words and expressions in Hebrew and in Arabic, using the predominant pronunciation, and trained the system to recognize the Arabic dialects of Egypt, the Persian Gulf and the Levant (eastern Mediterranean).
The company also noted that the advantage of its cloud-based application was that the more people use it, the better it gets.
Google added that the application was launched Tuesday morning and would become available within hours up to several days.
Internationally renowned circus, Cirque du Soleil will be coming to Tel Aviv, Israel, in August 2012 for their first ever performances in the country. Performing their show,Alegria, the group will bring their amazing magical acrobatics to Tel Aviv, with a cast of 55 artists. The circus will take over the Nokia Arena in the city during August and is going to be an amazing experience for anyone who watches. Tickets will be on sale for shows in the afternoon and evening.
Cirque du Soleil is one of the world’s most prestigious circus acts. Based in Canada and formed in 1984, it is now an international production employing over 5,000 people including 1,300 artists from 50 countries across the globe who have performed in front of over 100 million in almost 300 cities across the globe.
Tickets will be on sale from December 6, 2011 for the act which will be performing on August 8, 14, 15, 16, and 18 at 8.30 pm, August 11 and 18 at 4.30 pm, and August 17, at 1.30pm.
Source: Tourist Israel