The App: Ghurbo
Run by Robi, Bangladesh’s second-largest mobile network operator, this app provides recommendations for attractions, restaurants, events and special promotions based on location. It can also make bookings for hotels, trains, flights and tour packages.
Conversation starter: Making Inroads
After years of underinvestment in infrastructure, Bangladesh is now rolling out multiple initiatives to upgrade its transport systems across the country. One of the most notable projects is the Dhaka Metro Rail, which is expected to open in 2021. Additionally, high-speed train services between Dhaka and Chattogram – Bangladesh’s main port city – are expected to start in 2025, shortening the rail journey from around five hours to just under one.
After Hours: Izumi
Located in the affluent neighbourhood of Gulshan, this high-end Japanese restaurant features a spacious, minimalist interior and a beautiful enclosed courtyard perfect for al fresco meals. Izumi uses fish flown in from Japan to prepare its signature sushi and sashimi platters, while other produce comes directly from quality-conscious local farms.
Central business district: Motijheel Thana
Airport to CBD: 40 minutes by car
Currency: HK$1 ≈ BDT10.80