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April 2017

Emirates Wins Best Airline Worldwide at the 2017 Business Traveller Awards in a Sweep of Four Awards.

Emirates’ focus on meeting and exceeding customer expectations both in the air and on the ground were recognised yesterday with four accolades at the ‎Business Traveller Middle East 2017 Awards.

At a ceremony attended by key travel industry executives, Emirates was crowned “Best Airline Worldwide”. It was also named “Airline with the Best First Class”, “Airline with the Best First Class Lounge” and “Best Frequent Flyer Programme”.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, said: “Our customers are at the heart of our brand. In every step of the customer’s journey, we thoroughly and regularly examine the product to achieve a high level of customer care. Providing a truly memorable experience is about continually innovating across our product and offering a personal touch and a warm welcome. Moreover, our Skywards accolade solidifies the programme’s standing as an industry-leading loyalty programme that offers Emirates customers value through exceptional privileges and benefits. We are honoured to be recognised for our efforts by Business Traveller Middle East’s readers.

I would like thank our team and attribute this award to our dedicated staff who are the pillars behind every achievement and award we receive.”

Emirates invests continually in product developments and service enhancements. In the past year, the airline’s on-board enhancements include: newly designed Business Class seats, re-designed amenity kits for First and Business Class passengers, environmentally sustainable blankets and interactive augmented reality amenity kits for Economy Class passengers, and regular updates of its range of onboard toys for young flyers. The airline also continues to lead on the in-flight entertainment front with a broad choice of over 2,600 channels on its ice system.

On the ground, Emirates completed a US$ 11 million makeover of its Business Class Lounge at Concourse B in Dubai International Airport, and expanded its global network of dedicated lounges with the opening of its newest Emirates Lounge in Cape Town International Airport.

Emirates Skywards, the airline’s loyalty programme, last year launched Cash+Miles, enabling members to redeem flights using a combination of cash and Skywards Miles, regardless of their membership tier. This popular initiative instantly reduces the cost of tickets and can be used on any Emirates flight across all classes, making any seat available to Emirates Skywards members. Emirates also introduced “pay-per-visit” lounge access, enabling Emirates Skywards members and their guests travelling on Emirates to enjoy the airline’s First and Business Class lounges at Dubai International Airport and abroad.

For corporate customers, Emirates launched a revamped Emirates Business Rewards programme to provide greater value, including easier Miles redemptions and upgrades even on last minute bookings.

Today, Emirates Skywards has 14 airline partners including strategic partnerships with Easyjet and Qantas, offering member access to one of the world’s largest networks of global travel destinations. The programme also has 24 hotel partner brands covering nearly 20,000 properties worldwide.

Earlier this month, Emirates was recognised as the ‘Best Airline in the World’ at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for airlines. The award was based on thousands of reviews Emirates received from the TripAdvisor community over the past twelve months. Emirates was the most positively reviewed airline in the industry over that period of time.

Tusker Malt Lager introduces a festive feel to the 17th edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala.

All preparations are in the final stages for the 17th edition of this year’s premier Afro-based musical festival, Blankets and Wine Kampala, powered by Tusker Malt Lager. The event will play host to more than ten artists and deejays from around East Africa.

Introducing a festival kind of experience to this edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala, Tusker Malt Lager will provide everyone with something to look forward to. When the gates open at 12pm, there will be nonstop entertainment till late.

The first event of what is many more to come this year, will be held at Lugogo Cricket Oval on 30th April, and will provide a stage to a number of thrilling artists and deejays that will include; Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Daniel Lemma & Hot This Year, Fena Gitu, Kager Mungai, Pelindah, Byg Ben, Apio Moro, Joash, Mayonde, Essie, DJ Beekay & RPM, DJ Rachel and local stars Cindy and Afrigo Band to close the show.

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Many of the artists will be performing at Blankets and Wine Kampala for the first time and all promise to put up performances that will have the fans on their feet all day.

In Cindy, revelers should expect an electrifying performance as she sets to show-off her ever energetic dance moves.

The timeless Afrigo Band will once again be back to share with their fans a more than 40-year musical experience with their new and old music. Many will look to dance to some of their classics such as; Sikulimba, Musa, Nnemeddwa, Sipiidi Kendeeza, Onnemye, among others.

Maureen Rutabingwa, the Brand Manager Tusker Malt Lager said; “The ‪‎Blankets and Wine Kampala experience only keeps getting bigger and better. We now look to add a twist to the fun-filled experience by providing our consumers with more acts and an extended performance time. The lineup is composed of outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music and new up-coming Ugandan artists that are doing things differently and will most definitely put Uganda on the musical map.  We appreciate our consumers and thus give them a chance to enjoy the rich African talent through live performances.” she added.

“So prepare to your mats, picnic baskets complete with some ice cold Tusker Malt Lager and we shall be heading to the Lugogo Cricket Oval to enjoy the sun and good music.” Rutabingwa remarked.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday April 30, 2017.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘OVER 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Procter & Gamble Marks 12 years of Sharing Clean Drinking Water.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is committed to leveraging a tiny packet in a big way for the one billion people who still live without clean drinking water. Today, P&G announced that its non-profit initiative, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW), has provided its 12 billion litre of clean drinking water as part of P&G’s commitment to help address the global water crisis.

This key milestone was celebrated in Kampala, where CSDW was also marking its 12th year of providing clean drinking water to needy communities around Uganda. Since its inception in 2004, CSDW has worked with a global network of more than 150 advocacy and implementation partners by providing clean drinking water during emergencies and in sustained community programs.

Procter & Gamble’s CSDW Program’s Director, Ms Allison Tummon Kamphuis said CSDW Program was initiated to address the global crisis of lack of access to clean drinking water using a simple technology that is the P&G Purifier of Water.

The beneficaries demostrate the P&G water purifying during the the P&G celebration of giving away 12 billion litres of water.

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact these packets can have when they are made available to people who need them,” said Ms Tummon. “The ability for people to make their own clean drinking water helps families avoid waterborne diseases, keeps children healthy so they can stay in school and helps entire communities.”

“Through a powder technology that kills deadly viruses and bacteria, removes dirt, parasites and other pollutants, contaminated water is made clean and drinkable for thousands of families across the country. Since 2004, P&G Purifier of Water Packets have been shared in more than 85 countries and the program has grown thanks to a worldwide network of NGO and government partners,” she added.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme in Uganda is one of the larger P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water initiatives worldwide.  Working with PSI’s local affiliate PACE Uganda, ChildFund, Alive Medical Services, Save the Children, MSH, FXB, Action Against Hunger and others, P&G has helped purify more than 400 million litres of dirty water since 2005. P&G works with both local and international partners to provide clean water to families in rural areas, people affected by cholera outbreaks and floods as well as to people living with HIV-AIDS.

P&G’s commitment to Uganda continues and specifically, this year, the company will invest more than 1.6 billion UG shillings to provide nearly 60 million liters of clean drinking water to more than 75,000 people in Uganda.

In Uganda, 35% of people do not have access to safe drinking water. This not only affects their health, but also their education and economic opportunities – thus perpetuating a seemingly inescapable cycle of poverty.

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan K Ssozi commended Procter and Gamble for their continuous efforts to improve the lives of thousands of Ugandans.

“The impact of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme cannot be over-emphasized because lack of access to clean water has detrimental effects on families and communities. Providing a way for these communities to access to safe water helps them lead healthier, productive lives which in turn lead to better socio-economic standing.”

“The Ministry of Water and Environment has registered great success in improving access to safe water across the nation. And with partners such as Procter and Gamble coming in to supplement these efforts, I firmly believe that we will soon be able to fulfil our vision of providing clean and accessible water to every Ugandan,” he concluded.

 

East African Development Bank and KFW sign agreement to finance agriculture in Kenya.

The East African Development Bank (EADB) has today announced that it has entered into a financing agreement with KfW, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for the ‘Agricultural Financing Kenya’ project which is funded by the German Government as part of the wider ‘One World – No Hunger’ special initiative.

The announcement was made at the East African Development Bank Head Offices in Kampala, Uganda. Vivienne Yeda; Director General of EADB made the announcement.

EADB and KfW’s ‘Agricultural Financing Kenya’ will cater to the SMEs and farmers along the agricultural value chain in Kenya. The project which will be funded by EUR 13 million consists of two components.

The first component will provide medium- to long-term loans to small and medium sized farmers and SMEs along the agricultural value chain. This will be done via selected partner financial institutions that boast extensive market knowledge; while the second component will be technical assistance and will involve training and capacity building measures.

Speaking at the event, Ms. Yeda noted that agriculture is the key source of income among Kenya’s rural population.

“Most of the farmers from rural Kenya are employed in Small and Medium sizes enterprises (SMEs). This program will go a long way to improve food security for the communities while achieving the greater purpose of poverty eradication,” she said.

“It is our belief that the program will give agricultural SMEs in Kenya the opportunity to invest and therefore expand and grow. This will greatly improve agricultural productivity and efficiency in Kenya.  Ultimately, a more efficient Kenyan agricultural sector should boost economic growth, generate employment creation, reduce poverty and increase food security,” Ms. Yeda concluded.

The ‘Agricultural Financing Kenya’ program follows the successful implementation of two similar collaborations between EADB and KfW in Uganda: the ‘Rural Finance Enhancement Program’ and the ‘Agricultural Enhancement Program’.  The two programs follow a similar model and have delivered over EUR20 million in financing to SMEs in Ugandan rural areas and along Uganda’s agricultural value chain.

Buganda Kingdom and Airtel Uganda strengthen bond as Kabaka Run attracts over 30,000 participants.

Thousands of Ugandans gathered at Lubiri, Mengo to take part in the fourth annual Kabaka birthday run. More than 30,000 brave runners including, the young, elderly, politicians, the business community sprinted the 5km, 10km and 21km races, in the event that is the chief fundraiser in the fight against Sickle cells in Uganda.

The run, that was flagged off at 7.00am by the Kabaka of Buganda; Ssabasajja Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, attracted top kingdom officials including the Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Prince David Wasajja and Princess Katrina Ssangalyambogo.

2016 Kabaka Run

Prince David Wasajja, who was also the Chief Runner of the day completed the 21 KM race in just above 3 hours while Princess Katrina Sangalyambogo ran 10 kilometers and finished in 58 minutes.

The Kabaka Birthday run is part of Airtel Uganda’s three-year partnership agreement with Buganda kingdom to support four of its main activities including the Kabaka’s birthday celebrations, Kabaka coronation and Eid-El-Fitri.

Addressing the crowds after the run, Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga thanked the participants for their enormous support to the Kingdom and its causes.

“Every year, more and more Ugandans participate in the Kabaka Run and this is an indication that the causes we choose are important to their lives. Allow me to thank Airtel Uganda for always standing with the kingdom not only for the Kabaka Run but for many other kingdom activities,” he said.

Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director; Mr. Anwar Soussa said it is part of the Company’s social responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the society in which it operates.

“We believe in the power of coming together for a greater good. In partnership with the Buganda kingdom and all Ugandans, we are sure we can reduce on the infant mortality rate caused by sickle cells and empower people with information that will enable them to identify, treat and even prevent the sickle cells disease,” he noted.

“I encourage Ugandans to do checkups before marriage in order to reduce on the percentage of people who can easily be infected by sickle cells disease” he added

According to the Ministry of Health over 25,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease and over 80% die before their 5th birthday contributing to 15% infant mortality, 13.3% of the total population have Sickle cell traits and 21% are within the Buganda region,

Airtel Uganda opens up its data promotion to all customers.

Leading telecommunications company, Airtel Uganda, has revamped their Xtra masappe data bonus promotion – a promotion that offers Airtel Uganda pre and postpaid subscribers bonus data whenever they purchase daily, weekly or monthly data bundles.

Xtra masappe, which initially required subscribers to opt in has now been opened up to all subscribers who purchase any of the data bundles offered. As part of this promotion, subscribers who load daily bundles will receive 25% bonus; those who load weekly bundles will receive 100% bonus on purchase valid for 3days and monthly bundle subscribers will receive 100% bonus valid for 15days.

Unlike the daily bonus which has an expiry of mid-night irrespective of the number of subscriptions, the weekly and monthly bonus subscription date is pushed whenever the subscriber loads a new bundle.

To subscribe to Airtel data bundles, customers can simply dial *175# and select their bundle of choice. To check their main and bonus volume, the customers can simply dial *175*4#.  The bonus offer does not apply to social packs, quarterly, annual and free bundles.

Speaking about the revamped product, Mr. Anwar Soussa encouraged subscribers to keep loading data bundles to enjoy this promotion that has been designed specifically for them.

“In these tough economic times, many Ugandans are having a hard time loading substantial data bundles on their phones and this is why we have revamped this offer. We want even those subscribers who only have UGX300 to buy the 10MB bundle to be able to receive more data and be able to stay in touch with their loved ones,” he said.

Emirates wins big at the inaugural TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Airlines.

Emirates has been recognised as the Best Airline in the World in the inaugural TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Airlines. In addition to clinching the grand prize, the airline was the biggest winner with 4 other awards including Best Major Airline – Middle East & Africa, Best Economy Class, Best First Class and World’s Best Airlines – Top 10.

Emirates named Best Airline in the world in TripAdvisor travelers Choice awards for Airline 2017

This is the first year TripAdvisor has introduced a category for airlines in its signature Travelers’ Choice® Awards. The awards highlight the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines worldwide gathered over a 12-month period.

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said: “We are honoured to be named the Best Airline in the World at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017. The fact that the awards are a result of unbiased reviews and feedback speaks to our commitment to deliver a superior travel experience for our customers. We want travellers to continue making Emirates their first choice whenever they think to travel. That is why we continue to invest in products and services across all classes, and why our service teams work hard and put their hearts into providing the very best experience for our customers both on board and on the ground every day.”

“We are proud to announce the inaugural Travelers’ Choice® Awards for airlines, to help travellers make the most well-informed air travel decisions, based on the experiences of the TripAdvisor community,” said Bryan Saltzburg, General Manager for TripAdvisor Flights. “It’s a high honour for Emirates to be recognised as the top airline in the world by the TripAdvisor community and speaks to their continued focus on delivering fantastic customer experiences.”

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Emirates is the world’s largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 155 destinations in 83 countries across six continents. It operates one of the world’s youngest modern wide-body fleets, and is the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.

The airline recently announced a multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme including an enhanced Onboard Lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft which will make its debut in July. Emirates also recently underwent a product overhaul with a host of exclusive products introduced to its First and Business Class cabins. New additions include the world’s first moisturising  lounge wear in First Class, luxury blankets, skincare from organic brand  VOYA and a new range of amenity kits from Bulgari. In the last year, Emirates has also introduced several new products for customers travelling in Economy including the world’s first interactive amenity kits and sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles

Emirates introduces tablet loan service to US-bound First and Business Class customers.

– Emirates has introduced another service to mitigate the inconvenience of the recent ban on electronic devices on board US-bound flights. Beginning today, First and Business Class passengers will be able to borrow tablets on board Emirates’ US-bound flights allowing them to continue working during their flight.

The new service is in response to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive which requires all passengers travelling on non-stop flights to the US from Dubai to check-in their laptops, tablets, and other personal electronic devices larger than a smart phone.

As part of this latest service, Emirates premium customers will have a Microsoft Surface tablets equipped with Microsoft Office 2016 available for loan on board. Customers can download their work on to a USB which can be brought on board and plugged into the devices to continue working seamlessly.

The service is complimentary and will be available on all non-stop flights from Dubai to Emirates’ US destinations.

For customers who prefer to stow away their personal devices and simply enjoy the award winning inflight entertainment and service on board, Emirates had introduced a laptop and tablet handling service for US-bound customers. This complimentary service has been made available to passengers in all cabin classes since 25 March 2017, which was when the new TSA rules took effect.

This service allows customers to retain and utilise their personal devices until just before they board their US-bound flights. Passengers must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the boarding gate, who will pack and tag each device to be stored in the aircraft hold and returned to the customer at their US destination.

To date, nearly 8,000 passengers have utilised Emirates’ laptop and tablet handling service on the airline’s 112 weekly non-stop flights departing Dubai International airport to cities in the USA. Emirates has received positive feedback from appreciative customers, and reports an even mix of Economy, Business and First class passengers utilising its laptop and tablet handling service.

These two new services by Emirates gives customers travelling to the US several options, such as: packing their electronic devices into their check-in baggage at their point of departure; the opportunity to use their laptops and tablet on their first leg of their journeys and during transit in Dubai, up to the moment they board their US-bound flight; and for premium customers the choice to continue working on loaned devices on board. Customers can stay connected in the air with mobile phone connectivity, in-seat telephones with SMS and email and live TV on most flights. Currently, over 85% of Emirates’ fleet of passenger aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi on board.

The TSA directive does not apply to Emirates’ US-bound flights via Milan (EK205) and Athens (EK209). It also does not impact flights departing from the US, or Emirates’ flights to any other destination.

Emirates serves 12 US airports with passenger flights – Newark (EWR), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK).

Emirates SkyCargo keeps perishables fresh with Emirates SkyFresh.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has launched Emirates SkyFresh – a suite of solutions that help maintain the freshness of perishables and fresh consumables during transportation.

Emirates SkyFresh brings together Emirates SkyCargo’s state of the art infrastructure at its hub in Dubai, a modern fleet of wide-bodied aircraft including freighters, a range of innovative cool chain solutions including the brand new Ventilated Cool Dolly and experienced staff to ensure that perishables such as fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, meat and flowers maintain their freshness during the entire air transportation process.

Emirates Skycargo launches Emirates SkyFresh. in 2016 Emirates SkyCargo transported over 400,000 tonnes of perishables across it's global network.

Emirates SkyFresh will feature three levels – Emirates SkyFresh, Emirates SkyFresh Breathe and Emirates SkyFresh Active – offering varied levels of cool chain protection for different kinds of perishables. The basic solution, Emirates SkyFresh, is geared towards temperature tolerant fruits and vegetables and will offer quick ramp transportation and thermal protection through Emirates SkyCargo’s White Cover blanket. Emirates SkyFresh Breathe provides protection for temperature sensitive perishables such as fresh cut flowers, ready to sell cut fruits and vegetables and fresh fish. Unique features will include prioritised ground handling as well as the use of the Emirates SkyFresh Ventilated Cool Dolly. Emirates SkyFresh Active will offer the highest protection for perishables that cannot withstand any temperature deviation using specialized temperature controlled containers during transportation.

Introducing the Emirates SkyFresh Ventilated Cool Dolly

The Emirates SkyFresh Ventilated Cool Dolly is Emirates SkyCargo’s latest innovative cool chain protection product which helps preserve the freshness of perishables that require constant circulation of fresh cool air. The Ventilated Cool Dolly not only maintains a constant temperature while transporting cargo, but also has a ventilation system that allows it to bring in fresh air from outside. The fresh air is then cleaned using custom built filters, cooled and then circulated inside the refrigerated interior where the temperature sensitive perishable cargo is stored. The Ventilated Cool Dolly features aluminium and PU insulated panels and can carry a weight of up to 16 tonnes. The Ventilated Cool Dolly can fit a variety of belly hold/ lower deck Unit Loading Devices (ULDs), including pallets, in its interior.

Globalisation of food and economic contribution

Transporting perishables is an important part of business for Emirates SkyCargo. People all over the world are increasingly aware and interested in culinary flavours and produce from different countries and regions. In line with this trend, the catering and hospitality industry globally has also been offering more international dining choices to customers. More and more perishables from different parts of the world are shipped by air to ensure that the products arrive fresh and within a short span of time at the destination.

In 2016, Emirates SkyCargo transported close to 400,000 tonnes of perishables across its global network of over 150 destinations. This included products as diverse as salmon from Norway, strawberries from California, flowers from Ecuador, meat from Australia, mangoes from the Indian subcontinent, wine and cheese from France. Emirates SkyCargo is an important facilitator of global trade in perishables and helps make an important contribution to local exports.

Since 2015 Emirates SkyCargo has brought over 20,000 tonnes of perishables exports from the US to the rest of the world. Some of the most important exports from the United States include cherries from Seattle, lobsters from Boston, fruits and vegetables such as strawberries and avocadoes and asparagus from California, meat from Texas and fruits such as oranges from Florida. These exports travel on Emirates SkyCargo’s network and reach their final destinations across six continents.

Similarly, the carrier helps Australian food exporters bring a range of Australian products from meat to cheese to the Middle East and other parts of the world. Over 4000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables are uplifted from India every month and brought to the Middle East and beyond on Emirates SkyCargo. Freighters bring fresh cut flowers from Nairobi in Kenya and Quito in Ecuador to Amsterdam.

Emirates SkyCargo operates a modern fleet of 259 wide-bodied aircraft including 15 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and two B747-400ERFs. The carrier boasts state of the art cool chain facilities at its Emirates SkyCentral cargo hubs at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central including over 25,000 square metres of dedicated temperature controlled storage space and dedicated reefer trucks operating 24/7 between Dubai World Central and Dubai International airport.

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