Vingroup starts work on Vietnam’s tallest luxury skyscraper

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Real estate firm Vingroup on Saturday began construction work on an 81-floor building in Ho Chi Minh City, which is expected to be Vietnam’s tallest and hold a few Southeast Asian records, according to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA). The skyscraper, Landmark81, is at the heart of the deluxe residential zone Vinhomes Central Park, which is located on the Saigon River banks. The building, slated to open by the end of 2017, has an expected height of 350 meters and boasts extravagant comforts which appear for the first time in Vietnam. Upon completion, the Landmark81 will be the tallest skyscraper and one of the most sumptuous ones throughout the country, according to the VNA. Covering an area of 141,000 m2, the complex will be home to hotels, Vinhomes service apartments, Officetel commercial apartments, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and an observatory. The five-star plus Vinpearl Hotel will boast around 450 rooms and suites, including a luxury 1,000m2 Presidential … [Read more...]

14 Vietnamese get ASEAN CIO, CSO awards

Duc Tam Vietnamese accounted for 12 out of 17 winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards and two out of three winners of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards as announced by International Data Group (IDG) and the CEO & CIO Club at an award ceremony at the five-star hotel Sofitel Saigon Plaza in HCMC on Tuesday. The remaining five winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards are from Singapore, the Philippines and Laos while the only recipient of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards outside Vietnam was Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 3/11

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First 4DX theatre in Ha Noi to open next month Next month, the first 4DX theatre in Ha Noi will provide movie-goers the opportunity to enjoy international blockbusters like never before. The 4DX theatre will be opened at the Ba Trieu Vincom Centre by CGV Cinemas, who launched Viet Nam's first 4DX theatre at Hung Vuong Plaza in HCM City earlier this year. The CGV cinemas in Ha Noi and HCM City are the first to offer the group's latest technology. Hanoi to host Toyota Classics 2014 Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) on October 30 announced its annual 2014 Toyota Classics Concert for charity has been set to perform at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on November 18. … [Read more...]

Political News 8/10

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FM appreciative of Vietnam-Norway cooperation Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has highlighted the fine Vietnam-Norway friendship and cooperation in politics, diplomacy, and development while urging expanded cooperation in economics, trade, and investment. … [Read more...]

Efficient Services For Enterprises

By Quang Tuan Kenichi Maekawa, manager of the Global Network Operations Center of KDDI Group in Vietnam, says two years ago the Japanese company surveyed locations in Southeast Asia to set up a center for supporting its global network. Finally, KDDI chose QTSC in HCMC as it met requirements such as software business growth potential, a contingent of engineers with a good command of English, good network infrastructure and reliable power supply to ensure continual operations and regular support of its staff. … [Read more...]

Social News 6/8

VND2.3 trillion to be invested in upgrading Tan Son Nhat airport A VND2.3 trillion (US$108 million) project is set to begin in November to expand T2 International Terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Minister of Transportation Dinh La Thang has approved the project of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), which is scheduled to be completed in three years. Accordingly, three areas of the terminal will be expanded, raising the current 22,000 square metres in use to 115,834 square metres. The improved terminal, which will include 120 check-in desks, 10 jet bridges and 19 gates, will be able to serve about 13 million passengers per year, increasing current capacity by three million. … [Read more...]

How pivotal is the US ‘pivot’ to the East Sea dispute?

Southwest Cay, part of the Spratly Island chain, is a small island controlled by Vietnam in the East Sea. Vietnam has built a fortified inlet, an army garrison and a number of support buildings on the island. Source: DigitalGlobe via Getty Images

China has not ceased upping the ante in the East Sea despite the US' words of support for its smaller neighbors, a gesture that has drawn great anticipation in Vietnam China has begun building a school on an island that it took from Vietnam illegally by force in 1974, two years after establishing a frontier settlement there to administer most of what the rest of the world calls the South China Sea. The Philippines said over the weekend that it had lodged a protest with Beijing for seizing a disputed reef on the Spratly Islands--the fourth such complaint Manila has filed in three months as Beijing continues to pursue its controversial claim to nearly all of the resources in the oil-rich waters Vietnam calls the East Sea. … [Read more...]