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Emirates showcases its revamped onboard products at Entebbe International Airport



Emirates cabin crew member showing members of the media some of Emirate's various amenity kits during the static tour.

Emirates’ cabin crew member showing members of the media some of Emirate’s various amenity kits during the static tour.

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, showcased its revamped onboard products and services to Ugandan journalists during a tour of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Emirates revamped its products and services across all cabin classes and the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft spots a refreshed interior with a light and modern colour scheme, textured panels, new lighting and design accents.

The aircraft which was on display for media at Entebbe International Airport, has a three class cabin configuration, with eight luxurious private seats in First Class, 42 roomy comfortable seats that convert into a fully flat bed in Business Class and up to 306 specially designed contoured seats in Economy Class.

The airline also launched a new menu for all its cabin classes for passengers flying from its East African to Dubai. Customers can now look forward to a new selection of their favourite local dishes on the Emirates onboard menu accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines, spirits and beverages.

Emirates offers regionally inspired multi-course meals, as well as complimentary wines, spirits and cocktails.

Emirates offers regionally inspired multi-course meals as well as complimentary wines, spirits and cocktails.

In the Business Class, customers can enjoy an electronically operated footrest and lumbar support, adjustable headrest, 23” HD LCD screen, touchscreen controls for the seat and inflight entertainment system, several personal lighting options, shoe storage area, personal mini-bar, USB A for smart phone charging, USB C for data transfer to the screen and a PC power outlet for charging personal devices. This all is complemented by exclusive Bulgari amenity kit bags that include signature Bulgari fragrances and lotions, along with other pamper essentials. Business
Class customers can look forward to eight brand new designs. Customers will also enjoy regionally inspired gourmet cuisine as well as some the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits.

In the Economy Class, Emirates’ customers now have spacious seats that create both a relaxing and superior travel experience with a new colour palette of soft greys and blues. The ergonomically designed seats come with full leather headrests that have flexible side panels and can also be adjusted vertically for optimum support. These are complimented with a 13.3” HD LCD screen, leather and fabric combination seat covers, USB A for smart phone charging, USB C for data transfer to the screen and for smart phone charging, PC power outlet for charging personal devices and customers can also enjoy regionally inspired multi-course meals, prepared by Emirates’ master chefs as well as complimentary wines, spirits and cocktails.

“We aspire to constantly innovate and provide the best travel experience for our travelers. Our new brand promise to ‘Fly Better’ resonates with the air travel experience we offer, which is comfortable and enjoyable in every cabin class. For us it’s all about offering our customers value for money by providing World Class products and services when travelling on Emirates, from gourmet meals to the famed hospitality of our multi-national cabin crew, including Ugandan nationals and our award-winning inflight entertainment,’’ said Puneet Kholi, Emirates Country Manager for Uganda.

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to over 1,000 hours of entertainment on the award winning inflight entertainment ice system, which offers over 3,500 channels in over 40 languages of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

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StarTimes wins “Africa Best Content App” at Digital Impact Awards Africa 2019



By Reporter

The grand finale of the 6th annual Digital Impact Awards Africa 2019 (DIAA) was on 20th September 2019 at Mestil Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. Under the theme “Include Everyone”, The Digital Impact Awards Africa is a platform that promotes Digital inclusion, financial inclusion and cyber security.

DIAA is Africa’s most important gathering of C-Level Executives, and Senior Digital and IT executives. The event was a climax of the Include Everyone- Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit which explores the strategic trends and technologies that are shaping the future of Digital, IT and business. The DIAA seek to recognize, celebrate and appreciate different individuals and organizations that are spearheading the use of digital mediums to better serve their communities. The awards had 16 Uganda categories and 6 Continental categories. There was a jury/research panel assessment and public survey/vote to determine eventual winners. StarTimes was nominated in two categories; Africa Best Content App (Africa), and Disruptive Innovation (Uganda).In the ‘Africa Best Content App’ category, the StarTimes ON App was up against Kwese iflix, DSTV Now and Netflix. StarTimes won the accolade!While in the ‘Disruptive Innovation’ category, the StarTimes ON App was running against MTN MoMoCard, SafeBoda Pairing, Citimasta App, Standard Chartered Bank, and YO TV who won this award. The StarTimes team was very happy to receive the news that they were the winner of the Africa Best Content App-StarTimes ON at the DIAA 2019.

CEO, Mr Franklin Wang (Left), Miss Cleopatra Koheirwe (Centre) and Marketing & Brand Director- Mr Lule Isma (Right)

StarTimes CEO, Mr Franklin Wang said: “It was a tough competition! We were nominated alongside other equally successful companies so it is a great honor winning this award. We thank our customers for their support and DIAA for the recognition.” StarTimes had a lot more reason to celebrate because as they were winning at the DIAA 2019, they were also winning at the 10th annual People’s Choice Quality Awards 2019 that were being held at Hotel Africana. These awards recognize excellence in service, and quality in product. The Awards were given based on a survey done by Muyz Plus Advertising International between January and April 2019 in 5 regions in Uganda: Western, Northern, Central, Eastern, and Kampala. The survey was done in accordance with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics population census geographical data. The People’s Choice Quality Awards recognized more than 20 brands for being exceptionally good at what they do. StarTimes was announced as the Best Pay TV in Uganda, and was awarded by the State Minister for Trade, Hon. Michael Werikhe Kafabusa who was the guest of honor.Mr Franklin Wang, the CEO of StarTimes said, “We are so honored to receive this award. Our team puts in the work to make sure the public gets great service.

We thank our customers for their support because without them, we would not be here. Thank you People’s Choice Awards for acknowledging and appreciating our services.”The StarTimes ON Mobile AppStarTimes ON is StarTimes’ official App providing video streaming service of 70+ LIVE TV channels, exclusive LIVE football matches (StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL), UEFA Europa League, Bundesliga, French Ligue1, and online videos, catch up, short videos, plus TV guide of all 400+ channels on StarTimes’ digital TV platform. The StarTimes Mobile Application which can be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store and Apple App store offers viewers over 70 channels.StarTimesStarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 20 million users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc. The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”. StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems as well as OTT services to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters, offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, mobile multimedia, wireless Internet connectivity and convenient online services.

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Airtel named Uganda’s top tax contributor



By Our Reporter

Airtel Uganda has been awarded Uganda’s Largest Tax Payer and recognised for their compliance in remitting taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

The announcement was made during the Uganda Revenue Authority 14th Taxpayers Appreciation Awards – 2019 held in Kampala on Friday.

Airtel Uganda paid Shs136 billion in the financial year 2018/19 winning the Excel Award for the year.

“Airtel has contributed over Shs136 billion in the financial year 2018-19 making it the biggest contributor of income tax in the last financial year,” a statement from Uganda Revenue Authority read in part.

Handing over the award, the Minister of Finance Hon. Matia Kasaijja congratulated Airtel upon the achievement and lauded the company for their contribution towards the development of Uganda through tax.

Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the Managing Director of Airtel Uganda, thanked Uganda Revenue Authority for recognizing their contribution to the company’s GDP and the work they are doing to remain complaint. He also thanked Uganda Communication Commission, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology and the Government of Uganda for the support rendered to Airtel.

“It is an honor for Airtel to be recognized as the largest tax payer in Uganda. We are thankful to our customers and partners who have made Airtel their network of choice,” he noted.

“We believe leadership is a responsibility – one that we have happily taken on and this recognition is yet another milestone and an affirmation that Uganda has noticed. We remain committed to the leadership of the telecommunications sector and compliance is an integral aspect of that commitment,” he added.

The award comes on the heels of the company’s massive investment in innovation, network and infrastructural expansion.

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Homes and Property Expo set for November



Edwin Musiime leads Hon. Chris Baryomunsi and his entourage during the inspection ceremony at Homes and Property expo.

Edwin Musiime leads Hon. Chris Baryomunsi and his entourage during the inspection ceremony during last year’s Homes and Property expo.

By Our Reporter

The Homes and property Expo returns this November in a huge way.

For all the interior design enthusiasts and modern construction trend fans , the Sheraton Kampala gardens will be the place to be come November 15th, 2019.

The Homes and property Expo which is returning for the 12th edition will be a 3-day event running from the 15th to 17th of November.

The expo, that is organized by Crest Group Limited, is a one stop shopping point and information hub for all things construction and real estate, a number of property developers, realtors, construction companies, building material distributors, interior designers, landscapers, and so many others participating.

There are lots of prizes to be won, and a variety of discounts on selected items, that will be available for sale during the expo.

“I believe real estate in the long run is an industry worthwhile our investment at National and individual level. So we call on all Ugandans, new home owners and prospect real estate owners to come to this year’s Home and property expo. There are plenty of minds to tap into and it’s a great networking place,” Edwin Musiime, CEO Crest Group Limited explains.

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