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Etihad Airways introduces third daily flight to Riyadh



Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi – Riyadh route, effective 1 February 2017.

The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The new daily late night departures from both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are timed to allow guests to spend full days in either city. Arrivals into Abu Dhabi International Airport provide guests with more connections to early morning services to Europe, North America and the Indian Subcontinent. These include London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, Delhi and Mumbai.

Together with a Boeing 777 and the recently-introduced Boeing 787 on the route, the new service will increase the number of weekly seats to 10,600 between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. Codeshare partner flynas will continue to operate a daily flight on the route.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Our expanded services between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are in line with Etihad Airways’ strategy to offer more choice, greater frequency and additional travel options when aircraft availability and market conditions permit.

“The extra flights will cater to the strong demand between the two capital cities, and bring closer our global network to Riyadh over our Abu Dhabi hub.”

Etihad Airways launched scheduled flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with services to Riyadh in 2004, and has steadily grown capacity with additional frequencies and aircraft upgrades to its current double daily operation.

From February 1, the airline will operate 70 return flights each week to and from four Saudi cities. On the Riyadh route alone, Etihad Airways has flown more than 2.5 million guests since 2004.

Etihad Airways’ flights to Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam are complemented by Saudi codeshare partner flynas, whose dedicated services between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam provide travellers with even more choice.

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  • MTN Shortz allows subscribers to post video content
  • There is an opportunity for content created to generate revenue
  • Video content of up to 10 minutes can be uploaded
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MTN Uganda’s Snr Manager Digital, Susan Kayemba explaining how MTN Shortz works at The Square industrial area at the launch.

MTN Uganda in a continuous drive to become a digital company has today launched MTN Shortz, a short video streaming platform. MTN Shortz is a mobile-only service that allows subscribers to upload videos of no more than 10 minutes. MTN Shortz is available through mobile phones only on

The streaming service allows subscribers to directly post video content from their mobile devices.

“MTN is creating an opportunity for its subscribers to create video content and earn from it. As the leading tech brand in Africa, we are always looking for ways to use technology to provide services that uplift the quality of life in the markets where we operate and so MTN Shortz,” said Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer.

MTN Shortz has several channels that subscribers can pick to upload content of their choice. It consists of channels belonging to different content owners, which users can access to view a variety of content. For subscribers to view the content on MTN Shortz, there is a daily charge of between Ugx200 and Ugx1000.

For a video viewed, the content owner will be able to earn some money from the visits.

“The MTN Shortz channels will have local content videos, meaning that for the Ugandan content producers, there is an opportunity for views and extra income. MTN believes that MTN Shortz will be able to drive local content video production,” Prentout notes.

Adding “There is also an opportunity for those that want to be seen by professional content creators. There are several professional content creators that will be using MTN Shortz and will be able to identify the untapped talent. You won’t have to wait for the opportunity to come to you, you can create it.”


For the MTN Pulse community, MTN Shortz is empowering the lifestyle of creating an opportunity. There are several platforms where people can post videos, however on MTN Shortz, the fact is that there is an opportunity to make money. The MTN Pulse community, there will be several exclusive offers in order to access and use MTN Shortz.

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Opportunity Bank rebrands




Mrs Winnie-Lawoko-Olwe, the acting Board Chairperson, Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director-Supervision at Bank of Uganda, and Tineyi Emmanuel Mawocha, the Opportunity Bank CEO, officially open Opportunity Bank’s new head office in Kamwokya.

Mrs Winnie-Lawoko-Olwe, the acting Board Chairperson Opportunity Bank, Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director-Supervision at Bank of Uganda, and Tineyi Emmanuel Mawocha, the Opportunity Bank CEO, officially open Opportunity Bank’s new head office in Kamwokya.

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Opportunity Bank, a leading microfinance bank in Uganda, announced their new brand and officially unveiled their  new and improved Head Office in Kamwokya on Friday.

These changes will elevate Opportunity Bank’s focus on the ability to provide a strong customer experience and technology-led financial services offering to well serve their existing customers and potential target market in the small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs).

Mr. Tineyi Emmanuel Mawocha, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Bank said that “There are still many people who are unbanked and have fettered access to loans for developing their businesses. Being able to provide a strong customer experience while exhibiting our unique brand values and financial solutions can be a key differentiator to enable the local market access to turn-key banking products and services. With our rebranding efforts, Opportunity Bank has been empowered to offer banking solutions and experienced customer support services that SMBs need to grow.”

The acting Board Chairperson, Mrs Winnie-Lawoko-Olwe, also added that “Opportunity Bank’s unique banking platform is able to meet consumer needs in an easy-to-use way for any SME and individual. Opportunity Bank continues to develop its multi-functional platform, helping our local markets grow one business at a time. The innovative banking solutions that a small business owner will need to grow their business is extensive. We knew that a unique approach was needed, and we have moved to tailor our products and services specifically to meet our client’s needs.”

Executive Director-Supervision at Bank of Uganda Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi who officiated at the launch said that increased confidence in banking benefits will see the move of the ‘unbanked funds’ from under the mattress to commercial banks. Opportunity Bank’s new branding further enables the bank to stand out, not only within the expansive financial sector industry, but also within the ever-growing mobile money banking sector technology ecosystem. Small business owners will enjoy the ease-of-use of Opportunity Bank’s sophisticated technology, along with the human touch that is delivered through superior customer service.

The New Opportunity Bank logo brings a sharp new visual identity, characterising the brand as bold, smart, effective, and original. Opportunity Bank’s emphasis on providing a full suite of products and services to the local market is reflected in the company’s new tagline, – “Empower yourself, empower your business, empower your future.” This language speaks to the core belief that in a vast, ever-changing, and evolving financial sector, Opportunity Bank can fully cater to each and every business to establish and secure a thriving banking solution.

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dfcu Bank moves to consolidate its partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations




dfcu Bank's Chief of Business and Executive Director; William Sekabembe.

dfcu Bank’s Chief of Business and Executive Director; William Sekabembe addressing guests at the breakfast meeting.

In a move to grow the entrepreneurial outlook of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), dfcu Bank hosted a breakfast meeting with over 150 current and prospective NGOs at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.

The meeting provided a platform for Non-Governmental Organisation’s to hear from subject experts and share insights on how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset if they are to remain relevant and sustainable.

According to William Sekabembe, the Chief of Business & Executive Director this calls for putting beneficiaries at the center of programme development; more structure, transparency, accountability and innovation.

“With shrinking donor funding and increasing competition, it is important that NGO’s realign their operations to transition from reliance on grants to becoming social enterprises. This change in mindset and ultimately operations will drive sustainability and make them more attractive to financial institutions and give them leverage in negotiating for better financial solutions,” says William Sekabembe.

dfcu Bank introduced its NGO account in 2013 and has revamped its offering to give NGO’s more so they can carry out their operations with ease. The current customer value proposition includes among others: free account maintenance & activity fees; interest rates of up to 4% p.a on UGX accounts & 1.25% p.a on USD accounts; free internet banking; free access to a third-party & Bulk payments solution and dedicated services points at selected branches across the 66-branch nationwide network.

This is in line with dfcu’s brand promise of making more possible for the sectors it serves and attain its aspiration of becoming a Universal Bank.

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