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January 2017

Airtel clears air regarding rumors of it exiting the Africa Market.

Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications company with operations in 15 countries across Africa, has refuted speculative media reports erroneously stating its possible exit from Africa. The organization has reaffirmed that it remains committed to Africa and will continue to invest in its operations to grow sustainably in Africa.


Airtel Africa’s recent 3rd quarter results were strong. The underlying Africa revenues for the quarter accelerated by 6.0 per cent Y-o-Y, the highest over the last 9 quarters. The organizations efforts to improve the quality of customer acquisitions have resulted in a reduction in customer churn to 4.9 per cent from 6.0 per cent. Data consumption and revenues have grown by 91.0 per cent & 24.0 per cent Y-o-Y respectively, led by stronger data networks. The strong focus on cost management has led to a significant underlying EBITDA margin expansion of 4.5 per cent Y-o-Y, which now stands at 24.5 per cent. Africa is now generating positive free cash and is PBT positive in constant currency.

Raghunath Mandava, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa, said’ “All the steps taken recently with regard to human resources and infrastructure have been geared towardsraghunath-mandava-managing-director-and-chief-executive-officer-airtel-africa readying the organization to grow efficiently and sustainably in the medium to long term. The company remains committed to competing in various markets and providing more choice to customers through further investments to ensure consistent delivery of quality and value for money services to our customers. We are also accelerating our investments in new data networks and to modernize our existing networks. We are committed to launch 4 G in multiple countries.”


He added “Mergers and acquisitions continue to be the norm for any multinational organization and they affect all global organizations in equal measures as and when they happen. As a strategy, we look for opportunities to acquire or merge in opcos that are operating in a fragmented market structure with too many players in a small market. Last year, Airtel and Orange reached a mutually beneficial agreement on the assets in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. Similarly, Airtel also acquired assets in Uganda, CongoB and Kenya in recent times. The agreements brought together the strengths of Airtel, Warid and Essar. This has offered benefits to customers in the form of a superior and wider network, affordable voice / data services and better customer care. Away from Africa, recently, we merged with Robi in Bangladesh to create a solid and profitable No.2 player in the market.”

The recent results demonstrate the effectiveness of Airtel’s business strategy in Africa.  The organization sees an opportunity ahead to emerge with a broader reach and sharper execution.

See more of Dubai with Emirates’ exclusive deals.

To help globetrotters kick off their 2017 travel plans, Emirates is launching special offers for trips to Dubai. For a limited time, each ticket purchased on will include a complimentary tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts – the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination. 

Flight bookings have to be made between 22nd January, 2017 to 29th January, 2017, for travel between 1st February, 2017 and 31st March, 2016.

Emirates increases Free Baggage Allowance on all Africa Routes.

“Dubai’s year-round sunshine, world-class shopping, stunning beaches and iconic buildings keep travellers returning time and time again. Whether it’s your first visit to Dubai or a return trip, there is always something new to explore – from the latest theme parks to the finest restaurants. Our special deal offers great value and an even bigger incentive to visit Dubai. You’ll enjoy exploring our home city as much as the journey there on Emirates with our industry-leading comforts on board and award-winning service from our international cabin crew.” Said Mr. Mohammad Al Atal Emirates Country Manager.

Dubai has seen the addition of several new attractions in the last year. Among the latest must-see places in the dynamic city are Dubai Parks and Resorts which features three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park. The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts which also features Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph® Collection.


  • MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, bringing blockbuster movies to life with rides, attractions and entertainment from three of the largest and most successful motion picture studios in Hollywood – DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate.
  • Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is the first park of its kind in the world and a must-visit for Bollywood fans, inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbusters, it features five zones with interactive rides and multimedia theatre shows.
  • Families with children age 2-12 can enjoy interactive fun at LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Water Park with over 60 LEGO® themed rides and water rides, shows, building experiences and attractions.

Emirates’ hub in Dubai also provides direct connection to over 150 cities in 80 countries. Globalistas can explore the airline’s latest destinations launched in 2016: Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou in China, Yangon in Myanmar, Hanoi in Vietnam and Fort Lauderdale in the US.

Emirates offers excellent on-board service from an international cabin crew who come from 135 nationalities and speak over 60 languages.  With lie-flat beds in Business Class, the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy class at 13.3 inches and more than 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen, Emirates provides quality products and value for money.

Those travelling with children can take advantage of the extensive family offering from priority boarding across all airports to special kid’s meals, dedicated children’s entertainment on ice and exclusive toys and Lonely Planet Kids activity bags on board. Emirates is the only airline to operate an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet, further elevating the passenger experience on board through a modern, state-of-the-art wide-body fleet.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0925hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1350hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1520hrs and lands in Dubai at 2135hrs.

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Emirates Rewards Lucky Ugandan Arsenal Fans.

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, and voted the World’s Best Airline 2016 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, has rewarded eight lucky Ugandans with personalized Arsenal football jerseys.

The winners participated in an eight-week radio competition in which they answered questions relating to Emirates’ products, services and destinations.

Emirates is a major sponsor of Arsenal Football Club and made available some of their jerseys as prizes, with Kayiira Matthew, Kivumbi Jimmy, Lutaya Ramanzan, Munina Chris and Sebinene Jimmy, being amongst the winners.


The personalized jerseys were handed over to the winners by the newly appointed Emirates Country Manager to Uganda, Mr. Mohammad Al Attar. Speaking at the handover, he said; “Through our sponsorships of many teams and major events around the world, we aim connect to our customers through their passion for sports. There are many Arsenal fans in Uganda, and this competition is another way in which we can share in their passion for football.”


Emirates has been committed to sports sponsorship in both the UAE and around the world for over twenty years, beginning with the first powerboat race held in Dubai, in 1987. Additionally, Emirates sponsors various sports events and teams such as; Football, Rugby, Tennis, Golf, Motorsport, Cricket and Horse Racing, amongst others.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0925hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1350hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1520hrs and lands in Dubai at 2135hrs.

Emirates appoints new Country Manager in Uganda.

Emirates, which flies daily direct from Entebbe to Dubai, has promoted Commercial Manager Mohammad Al Attar to the expanded role of Country Manager for Uganda.

Mr. Al Attar, whose appointment became effective 1 January 2017, was appointed Commercial Support Manager Uganda in April 2016 and has vast experience in commercial management and operations at Emirates. He is now responsible for Emirates’ overall business in Uganda overseeing sales and service functions for the airline’s passenger, cargo, management and airport operations and reports directly to Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Africa.


Mr.  Al Attar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the American University in Dubai and brings with him a deep knowledge and understanding of the aviation sector.

He has been with Emirates for almost 3 years, during which time he enrolled in the Commercial Outstation Programme learning about the airline’s sales, commercial operations, staff management and finance processes.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr.  Al Attar said, “I’m both honored and very excited to be leading Emirates operations in Uganda. I look forward to working with our local team of dedicated and talented staff to ensure Emirates growth and continued success in the market.”

Customers travelling on Emirates can look forward to world class service and hospitality from the airline’s multi-national cabin crew, while enjoying complimentary gourmet meals and beverages. Emirates also offers over 2500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment on its ice system, from the latest movies, music and games, including 90 dedicated channels for children.

The airline’s young and environmentally friendly fleet comprises entirely wide-body aircraft – largely the popular Boeing 777 and 73 iconic Airbus A380 aircraft currently in service.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0920hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1350hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1550hrs and lands in Dubai at 2235hrs.

Emirates introduces sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

Emirates has introduced new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The soft and warm blankets are made using ecoTHREAD™ patented technology and is now available in Economy Class on all long-haul Emirates flights.

Each Emirates eeach-emirates-ecothread-blanket-is-made-from-28-recycled-plastic-bottlescoTHREAD™ blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. With the latest innovation, the bottles are recycled into plastic chips before being turned into yarn, creating a polar fleece material. The fine thread is then woven into soft blankets.


The environmentally-friendly blankets were designed in partnership with Buzz, the world’s leading inflight product specialists, and are part of Emirates’ continued commitment to product innovation and sustainability. Emirates already runs a green programme on board recycling aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, and clean paper products such as newspapers, magazines and cardboard cartons where possible.


By the end of 2019, Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blankets would have rescued 88 million plastic bottles from landfills– equivalent to the weight of 44 A380 aircraft. This initiative makes it the largest sustainable blanket programme on board in the airline industry. In addition, the manufacturing process of using recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reduces energy emissions by 70%.


ecoTHREAD™ is certified with the Intertek Green Leaf Mark by third party testing and certification body Intertek, independently verified to use 100% recycled materials.

The Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blanket for Economy Class completes the recent comforter overhaul across all three classes. The airline introduced a plush, faux sheep-skin blanket in First Class and soft duvets in Business Class.


In the last year, Emirates has added several new products for customers travelling in Economy including the world’s first interactive amenity kits. The amenity kits – filled with necessities such as an eye mask, earplugs, toothbrush and toothpaste, and socks – uses augmented reality technology to unlock entertainment on customers’ mobile devices using the Blippar app. The content was refreshed last month to feature a new interactive game called The Emirates Destination Dash to keep customers’ busy on long-haul flights or on the ground.

Emirates Economy Class cabins are also equipped with the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy at 13.3 inches and more than 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen.

Airtel Uganda’s “Tulumbe AFCON” campaign draws massive boost for Uganda Cranes.

Airtel Uganda has concluded its “Tulumbe AFCON” campaign with a prize giving ceremony for the last group of winners held at the Company’s offices earlier this morning.

The lucky winners walked away with smartphones, TV sets and air tickets to watch the Uganda Cranes play in Gabon. John Bosco Nsabamana, winner of the pair of tickets to Gabon will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to watch the National football team play at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time in 39 years.


Launched last December, “Tulumbe AFCON” has built even more support for the Uganda Cranes who make their historic appearance at the tournament next week.

Speaking at the handover, Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Anwar Soussa, congratulated the winners and thanked Airtel customers for their enthusiasm for the campaign and support for the Uganda Cranes.

“We launched “Tulumbe AFCON” at the end of last year, which as we all know was a memorable year for Ugandan football and this exciting campaign had two main areas of focus; our customers and the National football team, the Uganda Cranes.

With “Tulumbe AFCON, we have been able to reward our customers for their loyalty to our brand and support for the National football team. I believe that the motivation of football fans across the country has been instrumental in securing the excellent performances from the Uganda Cranes that we have all been witness to,” Anwar said.

Anwar further echoed Airtel’s support to the growth of football in Uganda saying the Company believes in the nurturing of local talent right from the grassroots level.


“Our love and commitment to football is well-known; from our annual Airtel Rising Stars program to our sponsorship of the National team. Our belief is that these programs and sponsorships provide platforms for both new and existing talent to showcase their skills. “Tulumbe AFCON” gave us the opportunity to increase support for the Uganda Cranes while also reaching those who support them and are our customers. I therefore thank all our customers who have been part of this campaign.”

Anwar concluded by wishing the team the best of luck in their AFCON endeavors.


Also speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. Remmie Kisakye Kakuru, Airtel Uganda’s Head of Brand and Communication, congratulated the day’s winners. “I congratulate everyone who has been a part of this campaign. “Tulumbe AFCON” has attracted participation from across the country. We have had winners from Isingiro, Mbale, Masindi, Hoima, Masaka and Kampala. This goes to show the wide reach of both our subscribers and the support for the Uganda Cranes.”

Over the course of the campaign, Airtel Uganda has given out 60 Smartphones, 5 iPhones, 28 television sets and 6 air tickets to the first Uganda Cranes game in Gabon. That is in addition to the 100% airtime bonuses that were awarded to everyone who met their target, as per the campaign’s mechanics.

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