Emirates Elevates Women in Style


On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Emirates is highlighting the integral role played by its female employees through a special video which documents the breadth and diversity of the operational and technical roles performed by women in the Group.

Captain Patricia Bischoff and First Officer Rebecca Lougheed operated flight EK 225 from Dubai to San Francisco

The video gives the audience a behind the scenes look at women employees from various Emirates Group business units, carrying out all key activities for the operation of flight EK 225 from Dubai to San Francisco. The Emirates A380 aircraft was piloted by Captain Patricia Bischoff from Canada and First Officer Rebecca Lougheed from the UK with cabin crew led by the purser Weronica Formela from Poland.

In addition to the flight crew, an all-woman team worked on all ‘above wing’ and ‘below wing’ activities in the lead up to flight departure. This included women in roles spanning customer service in the airport such as the Passenger Duty Service Manager; ramp operations monitored by the Ramp Duty Controller and Ramp Operations Team Leader; technical services carried out by Licensed Aircraft Engineers and Technicians; and a myriad of other roles within the flight dispatch, aircraft appearance, crew operations, catering and security teams.

The team of women from Transguard who worked on security checks for EK 225

In total, a team of over 75 women from more than 25 nationalities worked on the flight. This mirrors the overall diversity within the Emirates Group which employs staff from over 160 nationalities. The operational team for EK 225 also included Emirati women working in the Engineering, Flight Dispatch, Security and Cargo operations teams.

“Every flight that we operate needs an entire ecosystem of staff from a number of business units to come together and work seamlessly. Emirates is proud that we have women represented in all these key functions,” said Abdulaziz Al Ali, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Emirates. “Women have been part of the Emirates success story from the start and on International Women’s Day we celebrate their extensive contribution to Emirates and to the broader aviation industry.”

Ground Dispatcher Muna Al Balooshi and Cargo Operations Controller Aisha Alyafaei preparing flight EK 225 for departure

The Emirates Group employs women from over 150 nationalities. This includes close to 1,150 Emirati women who work in diverse functions across the business, and are represented in senior managerial and executive roles across the Group. Overall, female employees constitute over 40% of the workforce at Emirates with the majority of women working as cabin crew. Over 20% of all supervisorial and managerial roles within Emirates are occupied by women.



Emirates unveils more spacious Business Class seats on its Boeing 777 aircraft.


  • The airline’s two-class Boeing 777-200LR features a 2-2-2 Business Class seat configuration

  • First of these newly refurbished aircraft will operate to Fort Lauderdale from 6 March




Emirates has unveiled a brand new Business Class cabin and configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with new wider seats laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration for the first time.

The airline has invested over US$150 million to refurbish the 10 existing 777-200LR aircraft in its fleet.

The newly refurbished Emirates 777-200LR aircraft is set in a two-class ...

The newly refurbished Emirates 777-200LR aircraft is set in a two-class configuration which offers 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in Economy Class.  While the Business Class seats are in the same design and shape of Emirates’ latest lie-flat seats, they are now two inches wider for a more comfortable journey. The seats retain the champagne colored finish and diamond stitch pattern on the full leather cover, and the ergonomically designed headrest revealed on Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 in November.

The Business Class seat has a pitch of 72 inches and moves into a fully flat sleeping position.  It also has touchscreen controls for the seat and in-flight entertainment system, several personal lighting options, privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest and a personal mini-bar.

Luxury and comfort are at the heart of Emirates’ product refresh as overhead bins in center of the cabin have been removed for an airier and more spacious feel on board. The cabin boasts electronic windows and the largest personal in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens in Business Class at 23 inches wide.

Emirates has unveiled a brand new Business Class cabin and configuration...

The cabin also features the Ghaf tree – considered the national tree of the United Arab Emirates, and now a signature design on the latest Emirates aircraft.

In addition, the new Business Class cabin features a social area – unique to the Boeing 777-200LR fleet. The mini lounge area features snacks such as crisps, sandwiches and fruit, as well as beverages for customers to help themselves to during the flight.

The offering will complement Emirates’ full service of regionally inspired cuisine prepared by gourmet chefs, and accompanied by some of the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits in the world.

Economy class seats onboard the 777-200LR have also been refreshed to th...


Economy class seats onboard the 777-200LR have also been refreshed to the latest color 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. Customers can enjoy up to 3,000 channels of on-demand entertainment in ice with 600 movies, over 200 hours of TV, and thousands of music tracks every month. The aircraft is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Live TV across all classes.



dfcu Bank Rolls out A Financial Literacy Program for Women In Business (WiB)




As part of the celebrations to mark the women’s month of March, dfcu Bank has organised a series of financial literacy sessions across the country to inspire and empower women to tackle the challenges they face in the business environment.

Over 400 women in trade and agribusiness are set to benefit from these sessions to be held in Kampala, Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara.

Some of the attendants that turned up for the dfcu Bank financial literacy training sessions at Biraj Hotel.

In pushing for progress among women entrepreneurs, dfcu Bank established the Women in Business program (dfcu WiB) in 2007 to support Ugandan women entrepreneurs achieve their full potential. The program was motivated by a number of factors including the fact that despite women being over 50% of the population of Uganda, this was not proportionate to the ratio of women who are banked.


Victoria Byenkya, Manager WiB says: We have seen a significant uptake of the program with over 30,000 members currently registered – testament to the hunger and desire for growth. In order to address the knowledge & skills gap we run capacity-building sessions throughout the year and currently have over 20,000 women that have benefited from this.


Speaking during the first session at the Biraj Hotel in Nakasero down town Kampala, dfcu Bank’s Head of Consumer Banking, Denis Kibukamusoke said: “The gender imbalances in accessing credit continue to be of major concern to women. The majority of women tend to have low financial literacy levels and therefore have challenges documenting their business, articulating their plans and projections, which are key in assessing bank credit. Since inception of the Women in Business program over 4,000 women have benefited from the dfcu WiB loans but this number could be a lot better.”

Victoria Byenkya - Manager dfcu Women in Business talking to some of the women that attended the session in Kampala

“For dfcu Bank, helping women to overcome financial barriers while supporting them in their quest for growth is not just a business proposition; it is in fact an obligation,” he added.


In 2012, dfcu Bank established the Women Business Advisory Services to press for women’s economic empowerment while increasing their financial literacy as well as creating business linkages for them. Through these advisory services at the dfcu WiB Centre, regular customized workshops are undertaken in fields such as; financial advisory, business to business linkage advisory, marketing and branding, legal advisory and human resource advisory.

Victoria Byenkya appreciates Celia Kansiime at the dfcu WiB Womens day Financial literacy session (1)

To make this possible, dfcu Bank collaborated with Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Uganda Law Society (ULS) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) to offer business and financial advisory services to thousands of women, especially those engaged in productive economic activity at no cost.





FIFA World Cup Original Trophy visiting 91 cities in 51 countries in six continents on a nine-month journey.

KAMPALA:The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola arrived in Kampala this morning to an exciting welcome by officials from the government of Uganda, football fans and media at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

The plane carrying the trophy and the entourage touched down at Entebbe at 11:00am from Cape Town as part of the African leg of the fourth FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which started in London in January.
The arrival of the FIFA World Cup Trophy in Uganda signifies the Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to bring the World Cup experience closer to the people.

We strive to enhance the consumer’s every moment experience and we believe having an opportunity to view the FIFA World Cup Trophy tour is one of those rare moments that shouldn’t be missed.

Following the Trophy Tour, we shall be announcing exciting ways in which Coca-Cola is bringing the World Cup experience to our Ugandan consumers, commented Maggie Kigozi, Coca-Cola Uganda Marketing Manager.

The Minister of Education and Sports and First Lady of Uganda, Hon. Janet Museveni received the Trophy along with officials from FUFA and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa led by the Managing Director Conrad Van Niekerk. Russias ambassador to Uganda.


FIFA World Cup fans and consumers have a chance to view it at the Lugogo Cricket Oval on the 6th of March (tomorrow).

In the world of sports, no symbol stands stronger than the FIFA World Cup Trophy, said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Everyone recognizes the significance of the Trophy as a unifying force. We are extremely happy to partner with Coca-Cola once again to bring the Trophy to football fans around the world.

The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off in September 2017 in Russia and will visit more than 50 countries across six continents, travelling 126,000 kilometers in the nine months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Within Russia, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 25 cities the longest host country tour in history with one out of every three Russians having the opportunity to experience the Trophy in person.

Airtel Uganda conducts a massive health Camp in Arua.

Airtel Uganda, the country’s largest 3G telecommunications network, continued on its efforts to boost socio-economic development in North West Uganda by holding a health camp in Arua district.

Held at St. Kizito Primary School in Ombaci, the health camp attracted residents of Arua district and surrounding communities who trekked long distances to receive free health care services such as dental care, eye checkups, blood donations, safe male circumcision, Cancer screening, teaching the youth how to make recyclable pads, sexual and reproductive health and general medicine.

Emphasis was placed on hepatitis B screening and testing in response to Ministry of Health statistics, which show a high prevalence of the disease in the region.

Speaking at the health camp, Airtel Uganda’s Human Resource Manager Mrs. Flavia Ntambi Lwanga said the health camp is yet another spoke in Airtel’s major plan to improve the lives of their subscribers within the communities in which they live and operate.

“We at Airtel, not only want to provide the best telecommunications services in the country, but to also be a big part of enhancing and bettering the lives of those in communities in which we operate. Today, we are proud to have bettered over 5,000 lives,” she stated.

Lwanga also thanked partners; Hinds Feet project, Ministry of Health and Red Cross for joining this noble cause.
Agenrwot Patricia, a charcoal seller and resident of Arua noted that for the past week, Airtel Uganda and its partners have been camped in the area, encouraging residents to donate blood.

“We thank Airtel for teaching us about giving to those in need. I think everyone who has the ability should join this blood donation cause to save our brothers and sisters from dying. Today, I have been checked and taught about women’s health,” she stated.

According to the Arua District Health Office, there have been some efforts to improve the health situations; however, the health status of the population of Arua is still poor with a high prevalence of infectious and communicable diseases, malaria, skin diseases among the youth and children, Dental and Eye diseases among the old age and malnutrition among the general population.


Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) Uganda signed an MOU with REHORE, a local NGO that will see over 10,000 women refugees in Bidi bidi, Kiryandongo and Nakivale camps empowered for improved livelihoods.

This initiative is one of the several that Century Bottling Company in Uganda has embarked on under the global 5 by 20 Coca-Cola pronouncement over the years.

5by20 is the Coca-Cola Companys global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 Million women entrepreneurs across the Companys value chain by the year 2020.

“Women around the World are already pillars of our business system and as part of our Women Economic Empowerment Program; we shall this time round empower refugees in camps in partnership with REHORE which will be the NGO that will actually do the day to day running of the project in the camps.

By doing this, we affirm our need to build both our business and the communities in which we operate”. Conrad Van Niekerk, Managing Director, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda.

In Uganda, running successful businesses is mainly a male domain. Through 5by20, we address the most common barriers women face when doing business which include; Lack of basic business skills, Lack of financial services or assets and lack of access to peer networks and mentorship. This initiative offers women access to business skills training, linkages to financial services and connections with peers and Mentors, along with the confidence that comes along with building a successful business.

I am glad that we are able to support women through this initiative and our value chain. Conrad added.

This program through REHORE will identify women refugees in Kiryandongo, Nakivale and Bidi Bidi Settlement Camps who will be beneficiaries of a skilling program using locally available resources within the camps in addition to retailing Coca-Cola products and establishing plastic collection initiatives in the camps.

The activities will include bee keeping, backyard gardening, echo bag production, candle making, hair and beauty skills, catering, sewing and tailoring, soap making, colouring and painting as well as art and craft. We are pleased that together with our partner the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, we are making an important contribution towards realization of the government vision 2020, Joseph Rwamihigo, the Founder of REHORE stated.

An empowered and successful woman creates a ripple effect throughout her community when she can afford her children’s education, provide basic medical needs for her family and help support and mentor other women entrepreneurs, the entire community benefits! said a beneficiary to the project.

Emirates and Arsenal Renew Sponsorship Deal


  • Emirates to remain shirt sponsors of Arsenal to the end of the 2023-2024 season

  • Emirates Stadium naming rights already signed to 2028




Emirates and Arsenal Football Club, have today announced a new sponsorship deal. The sponsorship, the largest ever signed by the club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football, grants the airline a 5-year extension to their shirt partnership with the Club until the end of the 2023-2024 season.

The new sponsorship agreement, strengthens one of the most recognizable and respected partnerships in sport. The agreement was formally finalized today by Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis and Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark.

Mr. Gazidis said: “Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport.  This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship. Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”

“Emirates is a great partner for Arsenal – a world class brand with a truly global reach. The airline plays a significant role in our ambitions to extend our influence and following around the world. The new deal, extending our shirt partnership until 2024, underlines how much both organizations value and benefit from the relationship.”

Emirates will remain shirt sponsors for Arsenal until the end of the 202...

In addition to being shirt sponsors, with the Emirates brand continuing to appear on Arsenal’s playing and training kits, Emirates will provide access to their award winning planes for Arsenal to use on pre-season tours. Emirates will retain marketing rights to develop campaigns and initiatives around the world. Arsenal’s home will continue to be known as Emirates Stadium up to 2028, as part of the extension agreed in 2012.

Emirates’ shirt partnership began in the 2006/2007 season, and this extension means that Emirates branding will remain on the shirt of all Arsenal teams for at least 18 years.

Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark, said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a Club makes them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand. As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.”

“As a business, we are hugely committed to supporting sports all over the world and our relationship with Arsenal is no different. Our partnership with Arsenal Football Club is a great combination of two truly global brands and we’re very pleased to have extended this relationship for five more years – connecting fans from around the world with one of the greatest teams in the world.”


DFCU Bank Uganda joins FMO’s FinTech initiative “FinForward”

FinForward now reaches 36 African countries through 7 financial institutions

Kampala and The Hague – dfcu Bank, a subsidiary of dfcu Limited, is set to accelerate the digitization of its operations and financial products by joining FMO’s “FinForward”, an acceleration program where global Fintech companies and Financial Institutions (FIs) and Mobile Money Providers (MMPs) in Africa are matched and integrated.

FinForward is an initiative powered by FMO, the Dutch Development Bank, Miami based Fintech and digital transformation strategists above & beyond (a&b), and strategic partner, Arise. The FinForward platform launched in 2017 and with the addition of dfcu, now reaches 36 African countries with seven Financial Institutions. The FinTech community consists of 145 screened international FinTechs.

The objective of FinForward is to accelerate the digitization of the financial industry in Africa by supporting innovation of the core business with digital solutions. The matching and integration tool will make global Fintech companies accessible and in doing so, support in reducing costs, spurring innovation, the rolling-out of new services, accessing new revenue streams and working towards an open banking approach to their businesses.

dfcu Bank has an omni-channel banking platform ensuring a seamless customer experience and is one of the main agents for financial Inclusion in Uganda. The Bank focusses on serving SMEs with long-term funding and delivering financial products to underserved segments such as agribusinesses, farmers and women in business. dfcu also provides non-financial services to entrepreneurs such as financial literacy programs and advisory services.

By joining FinForward, dfcu expects to accelerate the process of getting new and innovative technologies into production. This to the benefit its customers and in order to bring greater efficiency to the way the bank works. dfcu Bank’s Chief of Business & Executive Director, William Sekabembe says: “Today’s consumers are increasingly sophisticated and are accustomed to targeted offerings and seamless experience. Joining this program provides dfcu with an opportunity to be matched with innovative FinTechs all over the world and test possible solutions that will enhance its product and service offering.”

FMO‘s Huib-Jan de Ruijter, Director Financial Institutions indicated that “with the rise of FinTech, the digital transformation of financial institutions has become inevitable and urgent. FinForward is the first program of its kind in Africa supporting collaboration between Financial Institutions and FinTechs through matchmaking and the digital integration by API technology. Through FinForward, FMO aims to be a partner in dfcu bank’s digital transformation journey.”

FinForward partner Arise’s CEO Deepak Malik added, “This is why Arise is so excited to be a strategic partner of the FinFoward initiative. Fintech is turning traditional banking on its head and is disrupting the way ordinary Africans manage their money. Digital innovation in banking offers potential rewards for banks and can lead to increased revenues from innovative offers and new business models”.

Chameleone To Grace the Youth Convention Slated for 26th May In UK

The convention will take place on 26th May 2018 at Royal Regency Hall, Manor Park in London. Registration for those who want to attend is ongoing on the convention website. The convention is aimed at empowering the youth, promoting education as well as supporting rights and well being of the youth.

Registration is on going now through their website http://ugandayouthconventionuk.org/

What you need to know about the convention?

The UK Uganda Youth Convention 2018 is a unique grass-root organization in the diaspora that will promote education, empowering the youth, women and supporting to promote the rights and well-being of the young, youth especially those who lack awareness in different ways.

The overall concern is the increasing number of problems and needs among the entire community; bearing in mind that the youth rights, vision and aspiration as well as the challenges facing them. The issue is how best the primary role of a parent can be able to help and support this stage in a youth’s growth.

Problem Statement

Most youth have had a lot of encounters in different fields of life and because of this it needs to be a shared experience.


Young to youth will enjoy the full mandate of the people in this area. The program if sanctioned by the community will facilitate and steer the campaign of Youth awareness. A management committee of the project shall be elected to oversee the community’s efforts towards their goal.


To establish a long term support for the young youth to ensuring a bright future through educational support, life skills, training, and generally the whole virtue of Awareness –our mission to make the young and youth pass through their whole life living a life time of opportunities.


To provide informal and life skills education to the young and youth through the ONE STOP CENTRE and acquire the necessary support needed in their adult life.

To increase awareness through increased sensitization, and awareness. Campaigns like workshops, conferences, Youth camps, conventions, seminars, will have a lot of impact on the same.

To work hand in hand with the government policies, schools, NGOs plus other organizations in effort to ensure a bright future for the needy young and youth through educational support in Uganda and the diaspora.


Awareness drive- through activities like public sensitization (showing educative movies, printing educative magazines, leaflets, catalogues,) Drama, this has a very big impact on the lives of the young and youth, in other words it will forecast an insight on the truth about how the young and the youth should lead their lives in order to move positively well ahead.

Run workshops, conventions, seminars, rallies, Sports competitions, music. Dance and drama, exposure journeys/trips, campaigns, and community support.

Provide counselling support services to the young youth from the diaspora community.

Holiday youth camp (Young to youth holiday camp) where the youth will stay for holidays and be taught a lot of activities like sports, vocational studies. Computer literacy, and various camping and other domestic chores. Under the supervision of professional Young to youth staff.

Training the locals to be community oriented so that they are able to become trainers of trainers.

Reaching out to the young and the youth, knowing them in case studies, having interest in them, listening to them and making them optimistic and realistic of their future through equipping them with ideologies, and real life direction. Through live dialogues, debates, questionnaires, tests, and camp activities.


The Uganda Water & Juice Manufacturers Association (UWJMA) today committed to ramp up the collection of plastics from the environment to limit environmental degradation.

The UWJMA is a National Association of producers of bottled juice and water, and currently has 18 members.
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda has today hosted the Uganda Water & Juice Manufacturer`s Association members at Plastic Recycling Industries Nakawa, where they recycle plastic waste.

Speaking on behalf of CCBA Uganda, Mr. Simon Kaheru, the Director Public Affairs and Communications said “As CCBA, we are committed to environmental stewardship.

As a responsible Company, we focus on constantly reducing the impact of our packaging on the environment through the light weighting of our packaging material and supporting recycling efforts. In Uganda, we were the first Company to construct PET collection centers across the entire Country when we first launched plastic packaging in 2010.

Right now, our recycling plant here in Nakawa collects between 7- 10 tonnes of plastic every day, ridding the environment over 300 tonnes of plastic per month”.

Through our processes, we are able to create employment for over 1500 Ugandans especially the urban poor. It is important to note that 80% of these collectors are women who at least earn about $17 per week.

The CCBA recycling factory – Plastic Recycling Industries located in Nakawa is a demonstration of the company’s long term commitment to environmental sustainability in Uganda.

To date we collect 33% of the plastic we produce as CCBA which is about 40% of all soft drinks bottled in plastic in Uganda.
Morgan Bonna, the secretary of the Association, echoed the need for all bottlers to come together and collectively tackle the issues of environmental degradation. The Association as a collective body of manufacturers of bottled water and juice, should take a note of the efforts of its member and push the recycling agenda in Uganda.

On his part, the Chairman of the Association Mr. Tony Ghadoke, thanked PRI, a Subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa for the great work its doing in not only collecting solid waste but also enhancing the livelihood of both the youth and women. He pledged the Association`s support in the fight against Plastic waste that is choking the Environment.