Kinshasa joins flydubai’s growing network in Africa

  • Dubai-based carrier to start operating daily flights to the Congolese capital from 15 April with an enroute stop in Entebbe
  • Carrier grows network in Africa to 13 destinations in 10 countries.

Dubai-based flydubai ( has announced the start of flights to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 15 April. The daily flights will operate with an enroute stop in nearby Entebbe and will also be available for booking through the Emirates codeshare agreement.

flydubai becomes the first UAE carrier to operate flights to N’djili Airport (also known as Kinshasa International Airport) and provide links from the UAE and the region to a new gateway in Central Africa.

Commenting on the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “Africa is fast emerging as one of the most important markets for the United Arab Emirates and we have seen the trade relationship going from strength to strength in recent years. With the proximity to the continent and rising demand to more direct links to Africa, we see this new service to Kinshasa playing an instrumental role in further supporting the growing trade and tourism flows in the coming years.”

Kinshasa is one of the largest cities in Africa and a busy hub providing extensive connections to cities across the African continent and intercontinental services to Europe. The country is known for its vast natural resource wealth; it is the world’s largest producer of cobalt and a major producer of copper and diamonds.

“The number of African companies registered with Dubai Chamber exceeded 12,000 in 2017, which demonstrates the increased cooperation and opportunity between both sides,” said Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa). “We are looking forward to operating this route and exploring more opportunities to expand our network in Africa in the near future, while offering passengers a reliable and unrivalled onboard service whether they are travelling in Business or Economy Class,” he added.

Passengers travelling to and from Kinshasa will have the option of a Business Class experience, benefitting from priority check-in service, comfortable spacious seats and a range of dining options. Passengers travelling in Economy Class will have access to comfortable seating and a convenient way to travel.

Since the start of its operations in 2009, flydubai has built up a comprehensive network in Africa with flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

Business Class return fares will start at AED 6,000 (FC 1,700) and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage. Economy Class return fares will start at AED 2,700 (FC 460) including 20kg checked baggage.

Flights can be booked through flydubai’s website (, Contact Centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 54 44 45, the flydubai travel shops or through our travel partners.

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About flydubai
Dubai-based flydubai ( strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai:
• Created a network of more than 100 destinations in 47 countries.
• Opened up 71 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
• Operates a single fleet type of 61 Next-Generation Boeing aircraft

In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.
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Honoris United Universities formally welcomes two leading institutions to its pan-African network

Honoris United Universities (, the first private pan-African higher education platform, announced that Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur (EMSI) ( – Morocco, and YK Business School (YKBS) ( – Mauritius, formally joined the network as member institutions. With these institutions, Honoris United Universities reaffirms its status as the referential pan-African education organization focused on nurturing the next generation of African leaders and professionals.

EMSI, the largest private higher education institution in Morocco, has been a pioneer for over 30 years serving as an innovation center as well as the leading multidisciplinary engineering school. Likewise, YKBS is one of the leading business schools in Mauritius offering competitive and relevant business and law programs.

“The additions of EMSI and YKBS mark an important milestone as we expand the Honoris United Universities’ network across the continent,” explains Luis Lopez, CEO of Honoris United Universities. “Honoris United Universities’ mission is focused on education that enables Africa’s future leaders to compete and excel in the prospective challenges and opportunities the continent holds. As we continue to bring together diverse, high quality and award-winning institutions from Northern and Southern Africa, we are able to refashion student success via more agile approaches. Our notion of collaborative intelligence further enables us to propose impactful solutions to increase access to affordable and high quality education throughout the continent.”

Dr. Kamal Daissaoui, a founder of EMSI along with Dr. Bargach El Fatimi, Dr. Jawad Khayat, and Mr. Zouhair Benabbou said, “We are delighted to be a part of the Honoris United Universities network as it represents an initiative devoted to fast-tracking Africa’s journey towards helping young people realize their potential. At EMSI, we have been educating engineers and innovators since 1986, a community that over these years has contributed significantly to the development of Morocco. Currently, EMSI has more than 10,000 alumni and over 4,000 student engineers in training throughout the Kingdom. EMSI’s commitment to empowering the new generation of Moroccan leaders is in line with the Kingdom’s vision for African nations to adopt a determined co-development approach for the sustainable development of the continent. The Kingdom’s vision emphasizes the critical role of Africa’s youth in the development and transformation of the continent and therefore, EMSI’s mission and our participation with Honoris strongly endorse this vision.”

Prof. Jaumally Mahmad Reshad, Chairman, YKBS, added “Looking at Africa from a global point of view, Honoris United Universities will act as a catalyst for intellectual transfer between Northern and Southern Africa. Geographically, Africa is a large continent with vast disparities. Collaborative intelligence is therefore important – it seeks to build bridges of connectivity which will help to improve higher education and generate new opportunities to mould our future generations of African leaders. We look forward to embarking on this journey with Honoris United Universities.

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Honoris United Universities ( is the first private pan-African higher education network committed to preparing and educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalized world. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to prepare pan-regional profile graduates that are competitive in today’s fast-paced and demanding labor markets.

Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 27,000 students on 48 campuses, learning centers and via on-line, in 9 countries and 30 cities across Africa. Students have an opportunity to experience exclusive partnerships and exchange programs in more than 50 universities across Europe and the United States. Over 100 degrees are offered in the fields of Health Science, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Arts and Design, Media, Education and Political Science.

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About Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur, Morocco
Established in 1986, Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur (EMSI) ( is the leading multidisciplinary private engineering school in Morocco. A pioneer for more than 30 years, EMSI is a center of innovation that offers five main pillars of learning: IT and Network Engineering, Engineering of Automation and Industrial Computing, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering and Financial Engineering. EMSI’s programmes are accredited per the regulations of the Ministry of Higher Education. The institution has over 10 urban campuses across Morocco, including Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech and the school cultivates a network of partners and renowned companies committed to facilitating the professional integration of its graduates.

To encourage scientific research, EMSI has designed and developed 3 research laboratories in the fields of academic scientific research, innovation and invention. The EMSI SMARTiLAB laboratory has received more than 27 honors and medals in 2017 in several countries including: China, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia and Spain. EMSI represented Morocco remarkably in these countries, which has also been warmly welcomed by its peers as well as the entire scientific community.

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About YK Business School, Mauritius
YK Business School (YKBS) ( was founded in 2002 as a private tertiary education institution, specialised in providing supported distance education at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the fields of Business Administration and Law. The institution is based in the Highlands area since 2012. In 2013, the institution also began to provide undergraduate programs on a full-time mode of delivery. Its academic offer includes programmes from leading partners, including programmes from the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) and the Regent Business School (RBS), both from South Africa, BPP University and ABE both from the UK. YKBS is authorised by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) of Mauritius to deliver tertiary programs.

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Going for Gold – Australia and Egypt working together to develop the Egyptian mining sector

Australian Ambassador Neil Hawkins is delighted that Australian mining companies are showing increased interest in Egypt’s mining sector. ‘Egypt has huge potential in mining, as the dozens of Australians working at the Sukari mine near Marsa Alam can attest’, he said. ‘We look forward to increasing cooperation between Australian and Egyptian mining officials and companies in 2018.’

To kick-start that cooperation, the Australian Embassy in Cairo, in collaboration with the Western Australian Department of Mines and the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority, will be coordinating a two-day capacity building workshop on best practices for sustainable mining governance in Cairo from 14- 15 February 2018.

Egypt has strong potential to develop further its mining sector and attract significant international investment. Australia is an international leader in mining with years of experience and many strong, successful mining companies active around the world. The Australian Embassy is proud to be supporting the visit to Egypt by two experts from the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, who will share their expertise with Egyptian officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority. The Australian Embassy views this as a valuable opportunity to facilitate exchanges and further cooperation between mining and resource ministries from Egypt and Australia.

The workshops were made possible by the kind support of Australian mining companies Allied Gold Limited and Resolute Mining Limited, both of whom are actively engaged in Egypt, as well as the Egyptian Council for Sustainable Development.

‘Sukari is one of the top ten gold mines in the world. It shows what can be achieved here in Egypt when Australian and Egyptian miners come together and go for gold’, Ambassador Hawkins said.

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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Electoral Process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired a UN Security Council open Arria-formula meeting on the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The meeting was co-hosted by the United States, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

“Our interest in free, fair, and credible elections begins with ensuring that the Government of the DRC genuinely represents and reflects the will of the Congolese people. But it is also about addressing a worsening political, human rights, humanitarian, and economic situation in the Congo.”

“Those responsible for delaying elections cannot point to the lack of a roadmap for elections in the Congo – nor can they claim a lack of clarity on the roadmap’s objectives. The December 31 political agreement, the DRC constitution, and the electoral calendar set out a clear process. They affirmed, and then re-affirmed, that the DRC must hold elections this December 23, and that President Kabila cannot seek a third term.”

“We cannot be afraid to apply pressure – on the government, on the elections commission, and on the opposition – to ensure that the Congolese people achieve the peaceful and democratic transition of power that they deserve.”

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