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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai has installed the first satellite international newspaper kiosk in the Middle East.

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By  Shilpa Mathai Published  December 30, 2003

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai has installed the first satellite international newspaper kiosk in the Middle East. The system allows guests to buy that day’s copy of a number of newspapers from around the world, including publications not distributed in the Middle East. The kiosk operates like a vending machine, customers insert their credit cards into the unit and an international paper comes out 120 seconds later. Each publication is priced $3.95, and is the latest version available from the country of origin. The kiosk has access to 114 titles from 47 countries, including publications from as far afield as Curacao, Iceland, Nepal and Poland. International newspaper kiosks have been around for a few years, but previous models had relied on internet technology. The Le Royal Meridian’s kiosk instead uses satellites, which greatly speeds up delivery of the paper. “Satellite technology has really revolutionised the system, the entire papers take 120 seconds to download at the most, and the content is the very latest edition of the international paper - wherever it is printed in the world - and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Bharat Jashanmal, director of the Jashanmal Group, which distributes the system in the Middle East.

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