Shane ChalmersGeneral Manager, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Ülker Sports Arena
My Istanbul is a city steeped in mystic, beauty and culture, a city which has breath taking skylines where the old and the new sit comfortably side by side to create one of the most dynamic cities in the world.
My business life is challenging and enjoyable, where creativity is expected and attracting new business to the market place is welcomed and celebrated. Managing such a high profile venue as the Fenerbahçe Ulker Sports Arena has allowed me to develop partnerships with some of the largest businesses in Europe and across the globe.
My personal life in Istanbul is amazing, the restaurants, the people, the sights, the life style all add up to an incredible feeling of every day being a holiday. One of my favour spots is the “Bostancı Sahil” where you can watch the sun set over Prince’s Islands. Families enjoy barbeques and bikers and skaters of all ages are out soaking up another unique experience that Istanbul has to offer. I love Istanbul.
Ece VahapoğluAuthor & TV Presenter
Sophisticated lady. Istanbul; even with the pronunciation of the word, you feel the attractive magic behind it. With such a long history- being the capital of 3 big empires- its richness and beauty lie in the different parts of the city. Istanbul is a like a sophisticated lady who constantly attracts its lover and full of surprises. You always want to go back to it. Istanbul is a shining star with its dynamic culture and beauty.
Bebek. This little, cute, stylish seaside district of Istanbul, with plenty of good restaurants, cafes and bars together with beautiful people is my favourite part of the city. Not only you can wine and dine, you can also go jogging along with a magnificent view of the Bosphorus and the Bridge. You can feel the magical breeze of the sea.
Arhan KayarFounder of dDf (dream design factory) agency, Director of IDW (Istanbul design week)
Timeless City Full of Surprises
My Istanbul is eternal. The most important feature of Istanbul is being a timeless city.İstanbul is a city that has a very young population and also has an history of 8500 years.It is extremely young and dynamic so constantly renewed.When you away from Istanbul for a couple of years, you feel you come back to a new city.
Istanbul has a long history and at the same time it is dynamic and innovative. It is constantly changing city.Thats why it is timeless and full of surprises.
Haliç is one of the most interesting place in Istanbul. Life started around Haliç at old times. Haliç was the center of the social life with a clean nature until the industrial revolution.There were factories and shipyards instead of social life in Haliç with industrialization. The nature and social life are dead…but in the last 20 years, Haliç back to its old nature and brightness again.The nature and social life are born again. Haliç has many Universities,cultural centres and museums.
Now, Haliç is the new cultural centre of Istanbul and I believe that it will be the cultural valley of the world in the next twenty years.