Uganda: Cyclist to Promote Kampala As Safe Tourist Destination

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Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities in a bid to promote the capital city Kampala as a tourist destination has organized the second edition of Kampala Adventure Cycling 2016 due for 14 August, Allafrica.com / East African Business Week reports.

“Tourism is not only about going to parks. There is a lot to see in and around our city, and the Kampala Adventure Cycling event will allow many people appreciate this city. It is amazing that many people live here but have only seen so little.” said Godfrey Kiwanda, Minister of State for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.

The event is meant to highlight Kampala as a beautiful and safe tourism destination to the local and international audiences as well as cement the partnership amongst the private sector, Kampala Capital City Authority and Uganda Tourism Board in promoting tourism in Kampala and Uganda. it is also meant to raise awareness as well as raise funds to provide tourism guiding skills for children aged 16-18 years born and raised in Ugandan prisons in order to improve on their lives.

See the full story here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201607060223.html

News source: www.allafrica.com

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Turkish president opens Turkey’s largest embassy in the world, in Mogadishu

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President Erdogan (holding the microphone) at the opening ceremony of the new Turkish Embassy Compound in Mogadishu. Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to his right, Photo credit: Somalia’s state news agency SONNA

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the new Turkish Embassy Compound in Mogadishu, capital city of Somalia, the last leg of his East Africa tour, which also took him to Kenya and Uganda, cihan.com.tr reported.

Delivering a speech at the opening ceremony, president Erdogan said the embassy compound, built on an 80-decare land and overlooking the Indian Ocean and standing next to the Abdulaziz Mosque built by the Ottoman Empire 10 centuries ago, is the largest Turkish embassy in the world.

“13 years ago, Turkey had embassies in 12 countries in Africa. Today, we have 39 embassies,” the president said, adding that Turkey aims to open embassies in all 54 African countries.

Mr Erdogan stated that one of the meeting halls in the embassy compound was named after Police Officer Sinan Yılmaz, who was martyred in an attack in Somalia in July 2013. Noting that the Kızılay Medical Vocational High School project in Somalia is almost finished, 

President Erdogan said 600 students will begin to study at the school in September.

“We are also building a military training center here on an 400-decare land and it is our biggest wish that we be here in Mogadishu during its opening ceremony,” the president said.

Turkey has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to war-ravaged Somalia since 2011, according to Turkish officials. Last week, the Turkish Cabinet approved $24 million in budgetary support to Somalia for this year, according to Voice of America.

Following the speeches, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud inaugurated the embassy compound.

Also attending the opening ceremony were First Lady Emine Erdoğan, along with the deputy prime minister, foreign minister and economy minister of Turkey.

See the full story here: https://www.cihan.com.tr/en/president-erdogan-somalia-embassy-open-2087572.htm

News sources: www.cihan.com.tr, Voice of America

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BANGLADESH OPENS EMBASSY IN ETHIOPIA

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Bangladesh has opened an embassy in Ethiopia in its effort to expand ties with African countries, reports bdnews24.com

The Bangladeshi foreign ministry said the new mission in Addis Abeba, home to the African Union’s headquarters, would open “newer avenues” of cooperation.
 
Opening of Bangladesh mission there, the foreign ministry believes, is of particular “importance” from the peacekeeping perspective.
 
The embassy started functioning since March 1 with Hanif Khan as Charge d’affaires. Monirul Islam will join as the Ambassador by March 15.
 
Ethiopia is one of the first African countries who recognised Bangladesh soon after the independence in 1971.
 
Ethiopia depends heavily on agriculture and is known as one of Africa’s fastest growing non-oil economies.

Source: www.bdnews24.com

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ASMARA, ERITREA’S CAPITAL CITY – “AKA MIAMI OF AFRICA”, COULD BECOME AFRICA’S NEXT WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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The futuristic Fiat Tagliero Building (1938) in Asmara. Photo: David Stanley / Flickr / Mail&Guardian

Asmara, capital city of Eritrea, has one of the largest collections of modernist architecture in the world, impressive features that bolster the application made on February 1 for it to be listed as a World Heritage site, reports Mail&Guardian.com

Unesco World Heritage Sites are natural and cultural legacies of “outstanding value to humanity” and these approximately 400 buildings and their legacy make Asmara a unique contender for the esteemed status. The fate of the application, submitted by the Asmara Heritage Project (AHP), will be known before July 2017 and, as the Asmara project already meets several of the ten criterion for heritage status, there are high hopes. 

For centuries, Eritrea was influenced by the cultures and religions of different rulers, from the Egyptians and the Ottomans to the Europeans. These all left their traces on the culture and architecture of the country, but it was Italy’s occupation that had the strongest mark. 

Asmara was under Italian occupation from 1889, but it was Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 that transformed the small town then into Africa’s most modern metropolis. 

Asmara grew to become a capital city, with zoning, sanitation and modern drainage systems and buildings that followed the design principles and architectural styles indebted to European tendencies at the turn of the century. 

It should be noted that there was some was some architectural experimentation and innovation also happening with one of the city’s most striking structures, the Fiat Tagliero service station, for example, being built in 1938. It was a bold tribute to futurism which is an Italian artistic movement that had comparatively little architectural exposure.

The spectrum of the modernist buildings exist in an area of about four square kilometres in the town centre and earned Asmara the title as the “Miami of Africa” in reference to the US city’s famous style which features geometric shapes, curves and soft colours. 

But these plans and structures also had African influence.

Many buildings are in run-down condition requiring an overhaul and modernisation of facilities including sanitation and electricity. An important step in this process will be the recognition of the Asmara architecture as a World Heritage by the UNESCO. 

Through recognition there’s hope that the huge costs of renovation and preservation can be met if Asmara’s architecture can become the cornerstone of gainful tourism in Eritrea. 

Though the city’s striking architecture is the icing on the cake, Eritrea has many attractions to offer; the Red Sea, scenic mountain region, diverse fauna and flora, the historical landmarks of antique cultures of the Axumite Empire, Christian churches and monasteries, the Ottoman urban culture with the port of Massawa and the renovated railway from Massawa to Asmara. 

See the whole article, and photos, at http://mgafrica.com/article/2016-02-15-asmara-eritreas-capital-city-africas-next-world-heritage-site
Source: http://mgafrica.com

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ETHIOPIA STOPS EXPANSION OF ADDIS ABEBA FOLLOWNG DEMONSTRATIONS FROM THE OROMO ETHNIC GROUP

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The government of Ethiopia has stopped the expansion of Addis Ababa following demonstrations from the Oromo ethnic group.

The aim of the master plan is to add areas around Addis Ababa into the city’s developing economy, reports africanews.com

Oromo farmers fear that the city’s master plan could displace their population. According to human rights groups at least 140 people have been killed by security forces during protests organised by the Oromo tribe.

The Ethiopian government has contested the death toll of human rights groups claiming the figures are overestimated.

The Oromo’s People’s Democratic Organisation(OPDO) said the decision was taken after three days of discussions in Adama town.

OPDO believes any issue on which common consensus is not reached with the public will not be implemented.

The plan was suppose to be jointly implemented by the Addis Ababa city authority and the Oromo ethnic group.

A report by human right watch condemned the recent arrest of Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress claiming the Ethiopian government was targeting prominent Oromo intellectuals who have an influence over the population.

Ethiopian authorities were urged to allow people to peacefully protest and ensure that farmers are protected from forced displacement without consultation and adequate compensation.

Oromo is a large ethnic group in Ethiopia and covers about 284,538 square kilometres.

According to statistics carried out in 2007, its population stands at over 27 million inhabitants.

See more at http://www.africanews.com/2016/01/13/ethiopia-forced-to-stop-expansion-of-capital-city

Source: www.africanews.com

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SOMALIA, BRUNEI OG TADSJIKISTAN FORBYR JULEFEIRING

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Somalias regjering har nedlagt forbud mot feiring av jul og nyttår. De som likevel forsøker, vil bli stoppet av sikkerhetsstyrker. Grunnen er ifølge en talsmann for myndighetene at jul- og nyttårsfeiring strider mot islamsk kultur, skriver nrk.no

-Slike festligheter kan skade troen til det muslimske fellesskap, ifølge Mohamed Khayrow, talsmann i departementet for religiøse spørsmål.

99,8 prosent av Somalias anslagsvis 10,5 millioner innbyggere er muslimer, der majoriteten tilhører sunni-islam. 

Også sultanatet Brunei, på Borneo i Sørøst-Asia; et av verdens rikeste land, har innført forbud mot julefeiring. Det er sultanen selv, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien (69), Hassanal Bolkiah i dagligtale, som er en av verdens rikeste menn, som personlig har innført forbudet. 

Sultanen er så godt som eneveldig, og er selv både statsminister, utenriksminister, forsvarsminister og finansminister i landet. Hassanal Bolkiah innførte forbudet da han mener at julefeiring ikke er forenlig med islam.

Opptil fem års fengsel og bøter på 175.000 kroner venter dem som trosser forbudet. Julenisser, kors og julesanger anses å stride mot islamsk tro og er forbudt.

Rundt 65 prosent av de 415,000 i det oljerike, tidligere britiske protektoratet, som ble selvstendig i 1984, tilhører sunni-islam, som er landets offisielle religion. 13 prosent er buddhister og 10 prosent er kristne. Også flere andre religioner praktiseres i landet.

Også den tidligere Sovjet-republikken Tadsjikistan i Sentral-Asia har innført forbud mot julefeiring.

Landet tillater rett nok et juletre på torget i hovedstaden Dusjanbe, men det får også være nok, mener myndighetene.

Tadsjikistan forbød alt for et par år siden den russiske versjonen av julenissen, Fader Frost, å vise seg på TV-skjermen.

I år ble forbudet mot juletre og gaver skjerpet ytterligere inn, og myndighetene la ned forbud mot fyrverkeri og nyttårsfeiring i samme slengen.

Nissemasker er helt utenkelig i det sekulære landet, der flertallet av innbyggerne – 98 prosent, er muslimer og der politiet også er kjent for å pågripe dem som drister seg til å gå med vampyr- eller zombiemaske på halloween.

Kilde: www.nrk.no

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FLERE INNENRIKS FLYRUTER I KENYA

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Kenya blir et stadig mer populært reisemål, og stadig flere byer i det øst-afrikanske landet settes på turistkartet. Derfor har Kenyas myndigheter besluttet å utvide flytilbudet med enda flere innenriksflyvninger fra hovedstaden Nairobi, og nå til de to store byene Kakamega og Eldoret, skriver bladet Kapital Reise.

Begge byene ligger vest i landet.

Kakamega er i stigende grad blitt populær blant turister som ønsker å oppleve Kakamega-regnskogen og det imponerende dyrelivet der med over 300 fuglearter og 400 sommerfuglarter.

Eldoret ligger på 2.700 meters høyde og tiltrekker seg klatreglade turister. Med de nye rutene blir det mulig å fly til begge byene daglig, også i helgene.

Flyselskapet Jambojet flyr til Eldoret, mens FlySAX og Fly540 flyr mellom Nairobi og Kakamega.

Kilde: www.kapital.no

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RADISSON BLU TIL UGANDA OG GHANA

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Carlson Rezidor styrker sin posisjon som det ledende internasjonale hotellkonsernet på det afrikanske markedet og legger nå til Ghana og Uganda i porteføljen, med åpningen av henholdsvis Radisson Blu Hotel Accra Airport og Radisson Blu Hotel Kampala, skriver bladet Kapital Reise.

Hotellet i Ghanas hovedstad Accra vil inneholde 207 rom og åpner dørene i løpet av 2017. Hotellet i den ugandiske hovedstaden blir et eksklusivt hotell med 195 rom, og vil ta imot de første gjestene i fjerde kvartal 2016. 

Carlson Rezidor åpnet sitt første hotell i Afrika i 2000 – Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotell i Cape Town, Sør-Afrika. Siden da har kjeden bygget opp et nettverk av 51 hoteller og 11,.500 rom i 21 ulike land på det afrikanske kontinentet.

Med 30 hoteller under bygging har kjeden dessuten den største porteføljen av hoteller og rom under utvikling i Afrika.

Les mer på www.rezidor.com

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ADDIS ABEBA GETS FIRST SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA’S FIRST METRO

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The first light rail line in Addis Ababa, was opened for revenue service on September 20, following several months of test running.

Hundreds of residents queued for hours ahead of the opening to sample the new service, railwaygazette.com reported.

Designed to relieve growing road congestion as the Ethiopian capital city’s population passes 5 million inhabitants, the 34 km two-line network serving 39 stations has been constructed by China Railway Engineering Corp at an estimated cost of US$475m. The project has been 85% funded by loans from Export-Import Bank of China.

The first route to open is the 16·9 km north-south Blue Line linking Menelik Square to Kaliti, serving 23 stations. The 17·4 km east-west Green Line from Ayat to Tor Hailoch was opened in October. The two routes share tracks for 2·7 km in the city centre between Lideta and Meskel Square.

The network is operated by a fleet of 41 three-section 70% low-floor trams supplied by CNR Changchun. With trams running at up to 70 km/h, the two routes are designed to carry up to 15 000 passengers/h in each direction.

Services are initially operating between 06.00 and 22.00 each day, with Chinese contractors providing both the drivers and the maintenance staff. The Chinese will also be responsible for maintaining the tramway’s independent power supply network which includes four substations with a total rating of 160 MW.

Transport Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said the country was “very proud” to have the first light rail network in sub-Saharan Africa. He described it as “a sign of modernity”, which would “will serve the capital city of Africa”.

Addis Ababa is the home of the African Union, for which a new headquarters building was built by the Chinese in 2012.

Insisting that “the light rail is not for commercial purposes”, Gebeyehu explained that ticket prices would be “very cheap” in order to ?serve people with low Incomes”.

Source: www.railwaytgazette,com

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HOW HOTELS EARN THEIR STARS

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Marriott Executive Apartments in Addis Ababa. Photo: Marriott.com

A  new hotel opens in Ethiopia every two weeks, experts claim. This might sound like tourism development galloping along, but considering the rising number of tourists visiting the country, there is still a huge gap between supply and demand. According to a World Bank (WB) estimate, Ethiopia attracted nearly 700,000 visitors in 2013, ethiosports.com reported.

In light of this emerging dynamic and in the thrust to modernize the country’s hospitality industry, hotels in the capital city have recently been star rated.

Last week, Marriott Executive Apartments, Addis Abeba, owned by Sunshine Business Plc, was certified as the fifth five star hotel in a city dubbed the political and diplomatic capital of the African continent. Sunshine’s 45.5 million dollar property will undoubtedly contribute to the city’s drive to become a major tourist destination with a rising number of highly rated facilities to cater for and host tourists visiting the country for business, pleasure or both.

Marriott Executive Apartments’ star rating comes at a time when the government programme of hotel star grading, funded by the World Bank, recently reached a milestone with hotels in Addis Abeba receiving grading certificates for the first time in the country’s history of hospitality services.

Hotel grading is one aspect of WB’s Sustainable Tourism Development project being implemented with a 39.5 million dollar budget. The project, which has been ongoing in Ethiopia since 2009, is expected to be completed in December 2015. 

It aims to contribute “to the enhancement of the quality and variety of tourism products and services in targeted destinations so as to increase the volume of tourism, foreign exchange earnings and jobs,” the bank’s website reads.  As such, the project has four components pertaining to destination development, market development, institutional development and capacity building, and implementation support and results monitoring.

Read more at www.ethiosports.com/2015/11/23/how-hotels-earn-their-stars-2

Source: www.ethisports.com

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