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Emirates to Fly Flagship A380 to Doha

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Emirates has announced that it will be upgrading one of its nine daily flights between Dubai and Doha to an Airbus A380 from 1st December 2016.

Emirates recently boosted its services to Doha with two additional flights, taking its total operations to nine daily services and making it the most served destination in the airline’s network. Demand has been steadily increasing between Dubai and Doha, with over 700,000 passengers carried since January of this year alone. Once launched, Doha will be Emirates’ 45th A380 destination to be served by the flagship aircraft. Doha will also become the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight flying a distance of 379 kilometres each way.

The upgrade to the A380 will provide Emirates the increased ability to serve growing demand for travel out of Doha. The double-decker has also proved tremendously popular with customers, and the upcoming service in December will give travellers from Qatar the chance to experience Emirates’ award-winning A380 onboard product and service to Dubai and seamless A380 journeys to some of Emirates most popular destinations. The deployment of the Emirates A380 operation was made possible through the support of the Qatari Authorities.

The Emirates A380 will be deployed as EK 841, which will depart Dubai at 0745hrs arriving in Doha at 0805hrs. The return flight, EK 842 will depart Doha at 0950hrs arriving in Dubai at 1200hrs. The timing of the A380 service will provide business and leisure travellers with an unrivalled A380 experience to Dubai as well as seamless connections of under four hours to some of the most popular onwards destinations serviced by the A380 including; New York, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Milan, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam.

The Emirates A380 that will be deployed to Doha will be set in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck, enabling Emirates to serve increased premium demand to and from Doha. Once the A380 reaches cruising altitude, passengers in First and Business Class can enjoy the Onboard Lounge where they can socialise, network and enjoy beverages, canapés and other special delicacies.

Emirates was named ‘World’s Best Airline 2016’ at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards. It was also named as the airline with the ‘World’s Best Inflight Entertainment’ for the twelfth consecutive time at the awards. Passengers in all classes will be able to enjoy Emirates’ multi award-winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen entertainment system, offering over 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment. The largest selection of programming in the industry includes TV shows, the latest films, games, podcasts and Live TV, including a robust selection of Arabic programming to suit all tastes. Passengers can also access their favourite social networks and stay in touch with friends and family with free Wi-Fi on board all A380 flights.

The increase in capacity between Dubai and Doha will help to grow trade inroads between the UAE and Qatar. The UAE is Qatar’s fifth largest trading partner with bilateral trade volumes reaching over USD $7 billion in 2015. These volumes will grow as more investment opportunities open up in the next few years as Dubai sets to host Expo 2020 in addition to Doha hosting the World Cup in 2022.

Emirates currently has 85 A380s in service and 57 pending delivery, more than any other airline globally. Starting today, customers can take advantage of special A380 Economy Class fares from Doha for QAR 385; Bangkok from QAR 1,915; London Heathrow from QAR 2,085; and Los Angeles from QAR 3,415.

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Uganda Insurers Association in Life Insurance Digital Campaign

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Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association

Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association during the press briefing.

Uganda Insurers Association (UIA), the umbrella organization for all the insurance companies in Uganda, has embarked on efforts to create awareness and encourage uptake of Life insurance in Uganda.

The highly emotional campaign kicked off on UIA’s social media pages featuring children answering a series of questions about how they envision life without their parents and guardians. Through this digital based campaign, UIA intends to encourage families to take up life insurance policies by appealing to them to secure a future for themselves and their dependants.

According to the Uganda Insurers Association, Life assurance is a contract between an insurance policy holder and an insurer, where the insurer promises to pay a specified beneficiary a sum of money upon the death of the insured person or upon the happening of another specified event.

Life insurance generally falls under four categories:

• Whole Life Insurance policies which cover the entire life time of the policy holder. The premium is paid till the expiry of an agreed period and the policy pays out at death- whenever death occurs during the policyholders’ lifetime.

• Term Insurance policies which are taken for specific periods of time and because the time/period is specified, premiums are either paid throughout that period or as a single premium summing all future payments.

• Endowment policies, like term insurance policies, are taken for specified periods and premiums are paid throughout the term of the policy or until death-whichever occurs first. These are primarily for financial benefit of policy holder, and secondarily for protection of family in case of death.

• Pension Plans/Annuities allow you to pay regular premiums until the usual retirement age (usually 60 years) after which the insurer makes monthly, quarterly or annual pension payments to you until you die.

Commenting about the life insurance efforts, Ms. Miriam Magala, the UIA Chief Executive Officer, noted that with a relatively steady and growing economy, there is an increase in the number of Ugandans who can afford insurance, but many of them lack awareness about the policies and their benefits.

“By focusing on life insurance, UIA will help families, businesses, employers, and other parties to protect against a financial loss that occurs when someone dies or is no longer able to work for certain reasons. Additionally, through life insurance, Ugandans will get a cushion during their old age when their ability to engage in productive work is minimal,” she noted.

This is not the first time that the Uganda Insurers Association has embarked on a campaign to create awareness of an insurance policy. Throughout 2017, the association held a country wide insurance literacy campaign through which they created awareness for Life insurance, agriculture insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance, Motor Third Party and Comprehensive insurance.

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosts Muslim clients to Iftar diner

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosted their Muslim clients to a mouthwatering dinner as they kicked off the month of Ramadan. The dinner was held to thank the Muslims clients for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them a fruitful fasting period.

The dinner was attended by clients from various organizations and industries with a guest profile ranging from managers, ambassadors, business people, media personalities to mention but a few together with their spouses.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel through their respective organizations
and as individuals and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“Thank you all for respecting the Holy Month of Ramadan and making a point to fast, and we encourage all our clients to come and break their fast at Sheraton Kampala’s Paradise Restaurant where we have a very special Iftar corner accompanied by a lavish buffet every Monday through to Saturday.” Concluded Bittencourt.

As part of its value, Sheraton Kampala Hotel aims to respect all religions, races and disciplines, and holding the Iftar diner is a symbol that everyone is equally welcome at the Hotel.

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Mukono, Jinja residents rewarded in Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion

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The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The handovers which begun in Mukono town on Saturday last week saw six lucky consumers receive brand new Hisense 32 inch TV screens. The winners included St. Paul’s Catholic Cathedral’s Father Paul Sebitoogo who purchased a crate of soda during the Cathedral charity marathon and received his prize immediately.

Held at Kazimingi grounds, the Jinja town handovers attracted traders from the central market, taxi operators from the nearby park and passers-by who were all excited to see over 30 winners receiving their prizes from Coca-Cola. Other winners in Jinja town walked away with brand new t-shirts, balls and crates of soda for taking part in the promotion.

“We still have exciting prizes and money to hand over to our consumers. Keep drinking and checking under the white crown and we shall bring the prize to you,” commented Coca-Cola Uganda Marketing Manager Mrs. Maggie Kigozi.

Samba Ne Coca-Cola was launched in April this year in partnership with World Cup Official broadcaster Multichoice and Global partner HiSense to bring the World Cup closer to consumers all across Uganda.

Since its launch, lucky consumers across the country have been winning Television sets, Multichoice Dishes and Decoders, soccer balls, brand new t-shirts, packs of soda and cash prizes. Over five lucky subscribers have already taken home UGX4,000,000 and two have won the UGX 10,000,000 jackpot so far.

To participate in the Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion, consumers simply have to purchase a Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Novida, Krest or Stoney 300ml glass or 500ml plastic bottle bearing a white crown and check under the crown for their exciting prize. Redemption of prizes will be at identified distribution points all across the country and consumers are encouraged to look out for these redemption centers in press and posters.

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