New Emirates country manager for Uganda


(Posted 10th December 2013)

Emirates, Dubai’s award winning national airline, have announced the appointment of Mr. Thani Abdulla Al Ansari, as their new Country Manager for Uganda. Thani, according to the information received, joined Emirates in 2011 as a Commercial Trainee where he took on various roles as Commercial Manager in the UAE, Bombay and London. He holds bachelor degree in Business Administration from the American University in Texas, USA.

Emirates presently flies daily nonstop between Dubai and Entebbe and has been a travelers’ favourite, not just for flying shopping visits to Dubai but for those connecting to their final destination.

(Mr. Thani Abdulla Al Ansari)

At the same time has Emirates also appointed new country managers in Tanzania, where the airline flies double daily to Dar es Salaam, where Mr. Khalid Al Zarouni takes over as the new Country Manager for Tanzania

Mr. Zarouni started his career with Emirates in 2006 as part of the airline’s UAE National Commercial Management Programme. He completed his outstation training in Singapore and was posted as Manager Cyprus in 2009 and Country Manager for Uganda in 2011. Before joining Emirates, Khalid worked in the banking sector for three years.

He will be succeeding Mr. Abdulaziz Al Hai, who proceeds to Khartoum as the new Country Manager for the Sudan. Abdulaziz Al Hai was appointed as Country Manager for Tanzania in 2011 and has seen traffic grow during the last two years from strength to strength.

When passing on the information did Mr. Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West comment: ‘These moves reinforce our commitment to the long term career development of our employees. Market dynamics vary in every one of our destinations creating a unique working environment and offering our Country Managers the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the aviation industry. Africa is a market that is constantly evolving with over 150 flights operating across the continent each week. The region continues to grow exponentially each year and Emirates is well placed to capitalize on this growth with a 24 destinations across the continent’.

Zambia and Algeria, according to the brief received, have also seen the appointment of new Country Managers.

The newly appointed Country Managers for Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda will report directly to Orhan Abbas, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, whereas the Country Managers for Sudan and Algeria will be part of the commercial team that falls under Adil Al Ghaith, Vice President Commercial Operations for Northern and Western Africa. Visit for more information on the airline’s schedules, fares and bookings. Watch this space for regular and breaking news updates from Eastern Africa’s aviation industry.

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