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Emirates SkyCargo transports first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for Dubai Health Authority

Thursday, December 24, 2020

In recognition of the invaluable contribution by the healthcare ecosystem, Emirates SkyCargo transports the vaccine free of charge

Vaccine doses flown, offloaded and cleared on priority basis on arrival in Dubai at dedicated Emirates SkyPharma facility

Emirates SkyCargo has notched yet another milestone by flying in COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech to the UAE for the first time for the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The vaccines were transported from Brussels on Emirates flight EK 182 on 22 December 2020, arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 22.15 local time.

Watch a video of the vaccines arriving in Dubai here.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Group said: “Emirates is proud to be transporting the first batch of Pfizer vaccines for COVID-19 into the UAE for the Dubai Health Authority. Our healthcare ecosystem has played an absolutely critical role in every step of the fight against COVID-19. I would like to thank everyone who has worked unceasingly over the last year to protect the lives of those most vulnerable against the disease. In recognition of their immense contribution for the wellbeing of everyone in the UAE, it has been our honour to transport these vaccines free of charge on our flight.”

Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo said: “At Emirates SkyCargo we are doing our part to join Dubai’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the effective management of the pandemic by Dubai’s visionary leadership, the city has retained its position as a global logistical hub for connecting vital cargo including PPE, medical supplies, vaccines, food and other essential items. Emirates SkyCargo has set up the world’s largest airside hub dedicated to distributing COVID-19 vaccines and we stand ready to support not just Dubai, but countries around the world, including markets with limited cool chain infrastructure with our advanced capabilities. By transporting COVID-19 vaccines across our extensive network, we look forward to helping people around the world get back on their feet after the devastating impact of the pandemic.”

On arrival at DXB, the containers with the vaccines were unloaded on priority from the aircraft and then taken to Emirates SkyCargo’s dedicated pharma facility Emirates SkyPharma to await clearance for delivery.

Emirates SkyCargo is no stranger to transporting vaccines and other temperature sensitive pharmaceutical cargo. The carrier has more than two decades experience in transporting pharmaceuticals on its aircraft and has set up state of the art EU GDP certified facilities dedicated for storing and handling pharma cargo in Dubai. Emirates SkyCargo has also established a global Pharma Corridors programme working with ground handlers and local airports at major pharma origin and destination stations for enhanced cool chain protection. The current pharma network covers over 30 cities across the world including Brussels.

More recently, Emirates SkyCargo has set up the world’s largest dedicated airside storage and distribution hub for COVID-19 vaccines in Dubai with the capacity to store up to an estimated 10 million doses of vaccine at the 2-8C temperature range at any one point of time. With its advanced infrastructure, extensive network and modern all wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates SkyCargo can transport COVID-19 vaccines rapidly and securely from manufacturing locations to destinations across six continents. Emirates SkyCargo has already commenced distribution of COVID-19 vaccines from a range of manufacturers and geographies.

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OLX Pakistan partners with Red Bull in hosting the latest edition of ‘Red Bull Kart Fight’ tournament

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

OLX, Pakistan’s number one online marketplace, partnered with Red Bull to introduce the latest edition of tournament titled ‘Red Bull Kart Fight 2020’. This one-of-its-kind tournament attracted amateur racers and racing enthusiasts from across the country to take a gander at pro Karting and compete with the best amongst them. The event qualifiers took place at the 2F2F Formula Karting tracks in Lahore and Islamabad followed by the grand final hosted at the Nation’s capital on December 27, 2020 with the goal of rewarding the most skilled Karting aficionados in Pakistan. OLX Pakistan, being the digital partner, extended its support for promoting the event to all online racing enthusiasts in the country.

More than 150 drivers from Lahore and Islamabad participated in the qualifiers. The top 20 lap times were shortlisted following which the top 3 finishers from each city booked a spot at the grand finals. Haider Khan, Yastoor Mirza and Shayan Aman from Islamabad bagged the first, second and third positions at the grand finals.

The top three racers were awarded gold, silver and bronze trophies in the ceremony following the hard-fought competition.

“It was incredible to win this and it was amazing of Red Bull to provide the racers with such an opportunity,” said the winner Haider Khan.

Khan is grateful for the opportunity and would like to see more motorsports tournaments held in Pakistan. “We need more competitions like these because there is a lot of talent and a lot of racers who want to participate and compete. Competition is healthy for everyone as it pushes us to do better”.

Speaking at the occasion, Country head OLX Pakistan Farhan Naweed said, “OLX Pakistan is determined to promote a safe and healthy sporting culture in Pakistan and this first collaboration is a testament to this commitment. Karting is also a healthy and challenging sport which is considered the first step to the world of automotive racing, hence, we decided to partner with Red Bull and introduce it to the Pakistani youth. We will be working closely with both Red Bull and 2F2F to introduce more of such exciting events in the future.”

Pakistan is the fifth youngest nation in the World with 63 percent of its population between the age of 15 to 33 years. A healthy sporting culture can help promote an active lifestyle in the country which can also bring about many other benefits for the society at large.

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Facebook partners with Deaf Reach on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Saturday, December 5, 2020

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Facebook had collaborated with Family Educational Services Foundation’s (FESF) Deaf Reach, one of Pakistan’s only branch networks of schools catering to the needs of the community with hearing disabilities, to adapt Facebook’s We Think Digital online safety resources for hearing-impaired students within the Deaf Reach school network. 

To mark this important day and announce this partnership, Deaf Reach held an online roundtable discussion in collaboration with Facebook on “Empowerment through digital literacy and connectivity”. The conversation revolved around what can be done to improve the experience of people with disabilities online so that they can harness the full potential of the internet for their benefit. 

Attendees at “Empowerment Through Digital Literacy and Connectivity” virtual roundtable held by Deaf Reach in collaboration with Facebook

While addressing the attendees at the discussion, Begum Samina Arif Alvi said “It was pivotal for the society to provide a level-playing field for differently abled people to make them valued citizens. The public and private sector along with civil society in the country had joint responsibility for facilitating access of people with disabilities to opportunities of education, healthcare and employment.” Furthermore, she appreciated the work done by Deaf Reach in partnership with Facebook for the community, and emphasised the fact that a digitally connected Pakistan was the way forward for everyone in the country.

The partnership between Deaf Reach and Facebook will involve adapting Facebook’s We Think Digital Learning Resources for hearing-impaired students within the Deaf Reach school network. These learning materials focus on online safety and will help to build a community of responsible digital citizens equipped with skills for a digital world.

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together — and that includes persons with disabilities. We are pleased to work with Deaf Reach and have our digital literacy programs made available in Urdu and Sign Language for the benefit of their students. It is critical that they are equipped with the right digital skills so they are able to use the internet safely and responsibly,” said Monica Desai, Global Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, Facebook.

The other attendees included Hassan Ahmed-Pakistan’s first Deaf Social Media Influencer, Dr. Izhar Hashmi, Director, PWTD (Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled), Ameena Zia, United Nations Representative, ECOSOC for FESF, Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar, Special Assistant to Chief Minister of Sindh,Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Sindh, Baela Jamil, CEO Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Omair Ahmed, Executive Director, NOWPDP, Muhammad Shabbir Awan, President of the Accessibility Special Interest Group of the Internet Society, ISOC Pakistan, Isuru Samaratunga, Senior Researcher, LIRNEasia, Monica Desai, Global Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, Facebook, and Sehar Tariq, Manager Policy, Facebook.

Sharing his thoughts about this partnership, Mr. Richard Geary, Founder and Director of Programs of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), stated “Pakistan currently has a population of nearly 30 million people from the differently-abled community. It is crucial that they are given equal representation in the society, and technology is an excellent tool to make it happen. We are happy to have partnered with a global social media platform of Facebook’s magnitude to make this happen, and it is heartening to see them being so receptive towards making their community even more inclusive.”

This partnership is part of Facebook’s commitment to supporting accessibility and inclusion in Pakistan, aimed at creating a great experience for all users through features and technologies that helps people with disabilities get the most out of Facebook. 

The full webinar can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=411409560049432  

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Emirates anticipates peak travel period at start of 2021

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Travel is expected to reach another peak at the end of this week for Emirates, as the airline expects yet another busy period.  A high volume of travellers will be making their way to Emirates’ dedicated Terminal 3 facilities on 2nd and 3rd January 2021, to depart Dubai, in addition to a rush of inbound traffic into the city. Across both days, over 70,000 passengers will be departing and arriving on Emirates flights.

During the winter season, Dubai remains a popular destination for Pakistani families who visit the vibrant, cosmopolitan city to enjoy an eclectic mix of offerings including impressive beaches, fun-filled theme parks, world-class shopping, and a wide range of restaurants. Dubai-based Pakistani residents too travel back to Pakistan to visit friends and family or to enjoy the festivities of the ongoing winter wedding season.

Pakistani customers travelling to Dubai and beyond are reminded to check the latest travel requirements to their booked destination, and to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure. Dubai-based Pakistani passengers are encouraged to build in extra time in their journey to avoid delays with expected traffic congestion coming into Terminal 3. Passengers arriving back to Dubai should check the specific entry testing requirements from the country they are coming from. 

Passengers physically checking in at the airport are requested to check in no later than 3 hours prior to departure, regardless of class of travel. Customers who present themselves less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. They can also check in online 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure. Those who opt to check-in online are reminded to visit the Emirates check-in counters at the airport to collect their boarding pass and to verify travel documents required for each destination country.

Customers are also urged to use the convenient self check-in and bag drop kiosks for a more seamless airport experience. The service is available to all destinations except to the US, Canada, China, India and Hong Kong due to additional requirements from these destinations. The 32 new self-service bag drop machines and 16 self-service kiosks complement the desks manned by Emirates check-in agents and will help reduce waiting time during the peak period.

Customers can also utilise Emirates’ biometric path for a contactless journey from specific check-in desks in Terminal 3 to boarding gates, with less document checks and less queuing. Immigration formalities have also been streamlined with biometrics and facial recognition activated at both the smart gates and tunnel.

After checking in, passengers are also advised to make sure they get to their boarding gate on time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure, boarding starts 45 minutes before each flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure. If passengers report late Emirates will not be able to accept them for travel. Check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule.

Customers can check the latest COVID-19 travel and specific testing requirements for their destination at: emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid-19/travel-requirements-by-destination/

For more information on entry and testing requirements for residents and international visitors to Dubai visit: emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid-19/dubai-travel-requirements/

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Ufone’s digital payment options: quick and hassle free solution

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The exponential increase in Covid-19 cases across Pakistan has once again created a difficult situation for citizens. Being a people centric brand, the safety and security of customers is of utmost importance to Ufone. Hence the company is providing online balance recharge service so customers can avoid unnecessary visits to retailers or service centers.

Various options have been provided to customers including payment through UPaisa, My Ufone App using, Ufone website, online banking tools & other mobile financial services.  The company aims to facilitate as many people as possible through these channels.

You can buy any Ufone bundle or recharge your balance using My Ufone App through Debit/Credit Cards or through your UPaisa account. Customers can download My Ufone app from Google Play Store or Apple store. Once the payment is made, a confirmation message will be sent.

Ufone’s online recharge can even be done through the official website which is a secured payment option and allows you to recharge your Pre-paid account or make Post-paid bill payments.

Another viable option is UPaisa service. Customers can pay their Postpay bills or buy Prepaid recharge and bundles by simply dialing *786#.

With UShare service, customers can share PKR 600 per transaction and maximum four transactions can be made every day making the cumulative transaction amount up to PKR 2,400 with another Ufone customer. Ufone subscribers can simply dial*828*Recipient Number*Amount# and share balance with ease & comfort. Service charge of PKR 2.99 applies per transaction.

Ufone customers can even benefit from online internet banking channels, other mobile financial services, partners like Daraz & Careem to perform recharge transactions or subscribe to their favorite bundles & offers.

All methods of online payments are kept simple so people do not face any problem. The step has been taken to encourage people to perform online transactions instead of stepping out of their homes for payments. Smooth online transaction system will eliminate the hassle of going to the bank while ensuring safety. This is particularly important now considering that Covid 19 cases are once again on a rise and all possible precautions have to be taken to avoid further surge in numbers.

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Kashf Foundation wins UN Women’s Asia-Pacific WEPs award for Covid-19 action

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Kashf Foundation earned the recognition of being the only Pakistani organization to be honored at the recently held first edition of Asia-Pacific Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Award hosted by UN Women and funded by the European Union. These awards recognized the efforts of business leaders across the globe for their efforts in advancing gender equality based on excellence in six categories including leadership action & commitment, youth leadership, gender-inclusive workplace, gender-responsive marketplace, community & industry engagement and Covid-19 action. Over 400 entries from 17 countries were received while Kashf Foundation was the only Pakistani organization to win for its ‘Don’t let corona impact your business’ initiative in the ‘Covid-19 action’ award category.

In view of the devastating financial impact of Covid-19 on women micro-entrepreneurs from marginalized communities, the ‘Don’t let corona impact your business’ initiative, led by Kashf Foundation, offered financial and non-financial products/services to help them rebuild their business. The initiative adopted a multi-pronged strategy to support women rehabilitation in the country during this period. As a principal approach, Kashf Foundation pivoted its model to cater to the most immediate and medium to long term business needs of women micro-entrepreneurs in the country. In parallel, a response strategy was also introduced to raise awareness amongst its 500,000 women clients about the contagion and how to curb its spread. The strategy also included designing business loans and introducing a business continuity training program for women micro-entrepreneurs to enhance their business acumen and help them in rebuilding their enterprise.

Speaking about the initiative and achievement, Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director at Kashf Foundation stated, “After the onset of the pandemic, it became imperative for the organization to undertake evidence based interventions to effectively respond to the economic and social impact of Covid-19 on the marginalized communities, especially women. Under the initiative, we worked with the most vulnerable households and helped them revive their businesses not only financially, but through various trainings in the areas of business continuity as well as design and launch of products and services, which will surely have a long-lasting impact.”

Kashf Foundation is a specialized microfinance institution that aims to economically and socially uplift women micro-entrepreneurs through its suite of holistic financial and non-financial products and services, so they can become active agents of change for themselves and for their communities. To date, Kashf has empowered more than 2.8 million women micro-entrepreneurs in the country.

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Pakistan’s first ever plastic waste management study report launched

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Pakistan’s first ever research study (baseline scoping study) for plastic waste management, conducted by WWF-Pakistan with support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, was launched during a special ceremony on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in Islamabad. Ms. Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change was the Guest of Honour.

This scoping study report is the outcome of a joint realization by Coca-Cola and WWF-Pakistan to map out Pakistan’s current plastic waste generation and management supply chain. And further, to identify current perceptions and opinions of key stakeholders with regards to plastic waste generation, segregation, collection and disposal. These include the informal sector comprising scavengers, junk dealers and recyclers; the formal waste collectors such as public and private waste management companies; the commercial sector comprising of hotels, educational institutes, restaurants; and lastly household consumers of PET bottles. Data was collected through interviews and survey questionnaire to analyze PET consumption, collection, disposal and recycling patterns in 10 selected cities across Pakistan. These included Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Murree, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Gujranwala and Faisalabad.

This informative research aims to guide Government and environment related stakeholders in policy planning, so that the issue of plastic waste management can be addressed much more effectively. The study encourages PET bottles recycling as an effective solution to tackling Pakistan’s plastic waste pollution and also help create a circular economy of reusable plastic.

The event was also attended by Ms. Naheed Shah Durrani, Secretary at the Ministry of Climate Change, Fahad Ashraf, VP & General Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan region at The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Hammad Naqi Khan, CEO at WWF-Pakistan, Dr. Masood Arshad, Senior Director Water, Food & Climate at WWF-Pakistan, representatives from UNDP, CDA, GIZ, Federal Environment Protection Agency and members of Pakistan’s first plastic packaging alliance CoRe as guests.

While highlighting the importance of this report, Hammad Naqi Khan, CEO at WWF-Pakistan said, “8 million tonnes of plastics are dumped in the oceans every year.[1] It is reported that if no action is taken, there could be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. We need urgent action to stop the leakage of plastics into all water bodies. There is a dire need to formalize plastic recycling and bridge the gap between distributors and recyclers ensuring products are manufactured from responsibly sourced materials. It is therefore an extended producer responsibility to ensure that the waste is sustainably managed.”

Speaking at the occasion, Fahad Ashraf, VP and General Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan region at The Coca-Cola Export Corporation said, “In line with the growing concern of reducing packaging waste generation, The Coca-Cola Company launched in 2018 a bold and ambitious

[1] https://www.wwf.org.uk/fight-plastic-pollution

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Ufone ends 2020 on a positive note with a reaffirmation of its commitment to prioritize its customers

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

: Pakistani telecom operator, Ufone reiterates its commitment to ensure the safety, security and happiness of its customers as it ends the year 2020 on a positive note. Despite the year being particularly tough for businesses with the COVID pandemic affecting companies across the world, the telecom sector stepped up to play a very important role. Ufone lauds the role of its fraternity in connecting people and developing agile strategies promptly to adapt to the new normal during this period.

In the course of these challenging times, Ufone adopted a multi-pronged strategy to facilitate its customers by providing convenience and satisfaction.  As a principal approach, to curb the spread of virus, digital services to facilitate online transactions and subscriptions for customers, such as recharging balance using My Ufone App, UPaisa and via Ufone’s website were introduced.

The Super Family continued to be the most sought-after product in 2020 as well. Due to its customer centric approach, Ufone was able to introduce new denominations for it customers.

In the Postpaid segment, new packages were introduced that address postpaid base requirements. A positive word of mouth was experienced on social media about the simplicity offered in the new Prime Packages.

In parallel, Ufone undertook a comprehensive Coronavirus relief and support effort worth PKR 1.9 Billion for the PM Relief Fund. The package aimed to help people across the country to stay connected and provide access to facilities, mainly food and healthcare, to the most vulnerable communities.

The real challenge emerged during COVID-19 outbreak due to a rapidly evolving landscape, but the brand was quick to pivot. As the demand for online connectivity surged following a lockdown, Ufone came to the forth with messages of hope and practical steps needed to ensure wellbeing of our employees, partners and customers. It was clear that in those difficult times people needed encouragement, especially the frontline workers.

On the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan, Ufone dedicated 2020 to the Real Heroes of the country, encouraging resilience and services of the frontline workers during Covid-19. This campaign garnered appreciation from the public and helped Ufone further its corporate reputation and the connection with its customers.

The brand also collaborated with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to create widespread awareness about Coronavirus, and assisted in volunteer registration through its helpline 1030. Likewise, it partnered with MicroEnsure to bring financial security in times of need by offering financial safety net to customers against costs of hospitalization at any hospital across Pakistan.

In recognition of their efforts for customer empowerment, Ufone won two prestigious Effie Awards in 2020. Ufone won a Gold award for Best in Internet & Telecom category for its SuperCard campaign Budget bamuqabla befikri and a Bronze award in Best and Internet & Telecom for Balochistan Football Cup 2019.

The brand also went on to win two Eventex Global Awards in Gold categories for Ufone Balochistan Football Cup this year- an initiative to create opportunities for young sportsmen of the province. Amongst 444 entries from 39 countries, the Ufone emerged as the winner in two categories i.e. People’s Choice Award and Best CSR Event Award.

The company joined hands with Universal Services Fund to expand its services to underserved areas of Balochistan. The inauguration of the Rs759 million “Seamless Broadband Coverage Project” from Hub to Jiwani is a game changer in this regard. Similarly, more than 2.3 million people in the 12 districts of Balochistan which include Sibi, Kalat, Khuzdar, Chaghai, Awaran Lasbela, Kharan, Dera Bugti, Bolan, Gawadar, benefitted from the partnership between Universal Service Fund and Ufone.

Furthermore, in sync with the Prime Minister’s initiative of digitization of the country, Ufone launched a mobile application for UPaisa service to make cashless transactions more convenient for customers.

Ufone’s Value Added Services strategy for 2020 focused on consolidating the existing VAS portfolio and launching new digital initiatives. For its complete customer base, Ufone introduced Google Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) in 2020. This has digitally enabled customers to purchase mobile applications and in-app accessories using their mobile balance. Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) acts as a payment collection agent for many new partners and provide customers with convenient and enriched access to digital content.

During the course of the challenges brought on during this year, Ufone exhibited great determination and resilience to improve the lives and experiences of the people of Pakistan.

Through introducing the aforementioned initiatives, Ufone has reaffirmed its commitment of giving the highest importance to its customers by ensuring their safety, security and happiness by staying true to its tagline, ‘Tum hi tou ho’!

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New cohort of innovators and problem solvers join NIC

Friday, December 4, 2020

The National Incubation Centre (NIC) welcomed a fresh batch of innovators and problem solvers to its Foundation Programme at LUMS in Lahore and BUITEMS in Quetta.  NIC aims to bolster the start-up ecosystem of Pakistan by incubating a greater percentage of businesses that scale to address a large commercial opportunity and attract investment capital for growth.

The cohorts were selected through a competitive selection process: only top 10% of a diverse pool of 500+ applicants have been invited to join the completely revamped, free-of-cost programme. Each application was reviewed by multiple members of NIC’s Foundation Council which includes founders of venture capital firms and successful start-ups including Bykea, Finja, Healthwire, 47 Ventures, Indus Valley Capital and Fatima Gobi Ventures.

NIC Lahore’s diverse pool of entrepreneurs hail from Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Kasur and Lahore, and include Pakistan’s first shariah compliant buy-now-pay-later service; an automatic low-cost roti making appliance; cost-efficient prosthetics for amputees that utilise 3D scanning and printing technology; logistical solutions such as single wheel motorbike trailers to increase cargo capacity; a bio sensor chip to monitor and reduce toxins in crops and improve nutrition; identifying shoplifters in real time by using AI; an e-commerce aggregator for fashion brands that offers a curated and personalised shopping experience for buyers, and a food delivery service that empowers female entrepreneurs who prepare meals at home.  NIC Quetta’s expanded outreach resulted in recruitment of entrepreneurs not only from Quetta but also Gwadar, Kachi, Loralai, Mastung, Panjgoor, Pishin, Sibi, and Washuk.

Inaugurating the orientation week, Saleem Ahmad, Chairman NIC, spoke about NIC’s role in inspiring and facilitating problem solvers: “Over the next several months, you will embark on a transformative journey with members of your cohort, guided by committed mentorship of business leaders and instruction from LUMS faculty and international technical experts.  You will acquire skills necessary to transform your ideas into a thoughtful and investor-ready business plan.”

Over the course of six months, the completely revamped curriculum will be delivered by LUMS faculty and international technical experts and comprise six intensive bootcamps covering: 1) design thinking, 2) strategy and business modelling; 3) marketing, branding and sales; 4) finance, accounting, valuation and equity management; 5) negotiations and legal aspects of entrepreneurship; and 6) presentation and communication skills.  The applied focus of academic programming, supplemented by bespoke workshops, a speaker series and mentorship by LUMS alumni, will be instrumental in developing ideas into reality.

 

Harnessing the entrepreneurial energy, imagination and talent of these dynamic individuals, a range of specialised support services will help them cultivate their ideas into compelling investment opportunities that will support economic development of Pakistan.

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Emirates expands its global network with restart of flights to Istanbul

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Emirates has announced it will resume daily flights to Istanbul from 21 December*.

In tandem with the gradual return of travel confidence and demand, Emirates continues to rebuild its network while offering customers a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Strict health and hygiene measures have been implemented across all of Emirates’ touchpoints, even as the airline brings back its signature products and services onboard and on ground.

The addition of Istanbul expands Emirates’ European network to 31 destinations, enabling customers to safely and easily connect to destinations across its wide global network with one convenient stop in Dubai. Emirates flight EK 121 will depart Dubai at 14:20 hrs, arriving in Istanbul at 18:20 hrs. The return flight, EK 122, will depart Istanbul at 20:05hrs, arriving in Dubai at 01:20 hrs the following day.

Flights to/from Istanbul will operate once daily by the Boeing 777- 300ER. Tickets can be booked on emirates.com, the Emirates App, Emirates sales offices, via travel agents as well as online travel agents.

Dubai is open for international business and leisure visitors. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety. For more information on entry requirements for international visitors to Dubai visit: www.emirates.com/flytoDubai.

Emirates has also partnered with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) on a promotion to offer complimentary stays at the JW Marriott to all Emirates customers visiting Dubai from 6 December until 28 February 2021. Courtesy of Dubai Tourism and Emirates, the airline’s Economy Class passengers will receive a free night’s stay, while passengers flying First or Business Class can enjoy two complimentary nights’ stay at the modern JW Marriott which is conveniently located near attractions like the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Opera.

Flexibility and assurance: Emirates’ booking policies offer customers flexibility and confidence to plan their travel. Customers who purchase an Emirates ticket for travel on or before 30 June 2021, can enjoy generous rebooking terms and options, if they have to change their travel plans. Customers have options to change their travel dates or extend their ticket validity for 2 years. More information here

Travel with confidence: All Emirates customers can travel with confidence and peace of mind with the airline industry’s first, multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover. This cover is offered by Emirates on all tickets purchased on or from 1 December 2020, at no cost to customers. In addition to COVID-19 medical cover, this latest offer from Emirates also has provisions for personal accidents during travel, winter sports cover, loss of personal belongings, and trip disruptions due to unexpected air space closure, travel recommendations or advisories, similar to other multi-risk travel insurance products. Some limitations and exclusions apply. Policy details and more information here.

Health and safety: Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers. For more information on these measures and the services available on each flight, visit: www.emirates.com/yoursafet

COVID-19 PCR testing: Emirates customers who require a COVID-19 PCR test certificate prior to departure from Dubai, can avail of special rates at clinics across Dubai by simply presenting their ticket or boarding pass. Home or office testing is also available, with results in 48 hours. More information on www.emirates.com/flytoDubai

*Subject to government approval.

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