By Samson Echenim
Dubai is a city of hotels. The city is the Middle East’s commercial hub and United Arab Emirate’s business capital, receiving millions of business travellers every week. Holiday makers have also found love in the city because of the double advantage of offering both opportunities for business and leisure.
Dubai therefore, boasts of some of the world’s best hotels and leisure centres. Five Jumeirah Village in the centre of the city is indeed one of Dubai’s hospitality grounds with splendor.
As the season dares, it will be a great to oneself to escape the everyday at Five Jumeirah Village, a dare-to-be different hotel that captures the glamour of new Dubai. Experience a chic penthouse lifestyle with 269 pools and Jacuzzis, vast lush green terraces and a culinary and party scene like no other.
The award-winning lifestyle hotel boasts 247 luxurious rooms and suites, as well as 254 one, two- and four-bedroom options with pools, allowing guests to design their vibe. It also host a buzzing high-rise pool party overlooking the panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, tuck into food from across the world at a range of modern restaurants and cafés or recharge at Refive, a contemporary spa.
Here, visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds, take advantage of the daily shuttle to Five Palm Jumeirah and keep the party going at 17 food and beverage venues and the resort’s private beach.
At the hotel’s Soul Street, guests can save the flight abroad, tuck into all-time foodie favourites from the buzzing global culinary scenes. Tourists mix and mingle at the street food bars or enjoy the comfort of the hotel’s indoor restaurant featuring street art from international artists.
Choose your own experience
Guests have multiples of experiences about what’s cool for them. Choose your own Five experience by dancing to the hottest DJ in town, and let your senses go wild at one of the culinary hotspots or explore Dubai.
The Five Jumeirah would tell its guests, “Stay with us and live the Dubai life in full.” Whatever that means, you are sure to experience a chic penthouse lifestyle with 260 pools and Jacuzzis, vast lush green terraces and a culinary and party scene like no other.
Most rooms are made to have a balcony with beautiful view across the city.
The Superior Sky with Balcony allows the tourist to feel the big city beats and it boast a balcony with panoramic views across Dubai, floor-to-ceiling windows and a comfortable King bed.
The hotel’s Superior Double with Balcony offer the perfect solution for friends and family traveling together. Enjoy panoramic views across Dubai, floor-to-ceiling windows and a floating bathtub when you choose this room.
There is the Superior Sky Double rooms that boast of balconies with panoramic views across Dubai, floor-to-ceiling windows and two Queen beds, making it ideal for friends to share.
Guests can extend the fun with our interconnecting rooms, perfect for friends and families traveling together, in need for some extra space, while the Master Suite ensures guests are relaxed in splendor with private terrace with Jacuzzi and separate dining and living area
That is not all. The hotel has 0ne-bed Jacuzzi that helps a guest start into the day with a dip in his own luxury outdoor Jacuzzi or dine in the fully fitted kitchen and separate dining and living areas with our one-bedroom apartments.
If traveling with friends or family, the 2-bed Sky Villa with private terrace, pool and fully fitted kitchen and separate living area offer the perfect solution.
Guests can host an intimate pool party on his own private terrace, cater to family and friends in the fully fitted kitchen and living area, and accommodate up to 10 people in the spacious 4-bed Sky Villa with private pool.
The hotel also has standard rooms, there is nothing standard about these rooms, which boast a balcony with panoramic views across Dubai, floor-to-ceiling windows and a comfortable King bed.
2020: Unlocking Africa’s aviation potential
Africa is over 80 percent below performance in air travel services. For instance, according to IATA reports, in 2018, Africa accounted for 2.8 percent of total global Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK), and yet its population makes up 16.72 people of the world’s people. The African aviation market remains underdeveloped, despite having incredible potential. By 2037, it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6 percent, making it the second-fastest-growing continent, only 0.2 percent shy of the expected growth of the Asia-Pacific region. To fully understand why, it is worth taking a look at the current situation in Africa and how it will develop in the future.
One of the key reasons behind the underdevelopment of the African market, according a Simpleflying report, is the lack of a single unified air transport market. It makes route creation extremely difficult, decreases air connectivity of the entire continent and increases fares by more than 25 percent due to various taxes and tariffs.
There are significant attempts being undertaken to create a single market, yet the pace of action is quite slow. The first agreement was reached in 1999 when 44 members signed the Yamoussoukro Decision – a treaty allowing open skies among the signatories.
In 2015 the Declaration for the Establishment of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) laid the framework for the implementation of a single market by 2017. SAATM was finally launched in January 2018 and 23 nations have joined the project since then.
The African aviation market requires some changes to unlock the potential it holds. Lack of a unified market and the operational difficulties drive cost inefficiencies. The African market is currently not only much smaller than it could be, but it is also unprofitable.
According to IATA, in 2018 African airlines lost on average $1.09 per every passenger they carried (versus an average $14.66 profit/pax in North America). The average load factor was at 71 percent, ten percent less than the global average, which partially explains the lack of profitability. What’s more alarming is the persistence of the low load factor across the entire continent, as all African states noted load factors below the global average.
The load factor is below the global average in all African states, according ICAO 2017 statistics.
There are other structural issues that could be resolved by a single transport market. Currently, 19 states have no international airlines, 22 states have only one international airline, and just four states have more than three international airlines. These numbers showcase the underlying underdevelopment of the market, along with a lack of competitiveness, an issue that could be solved once airlines acquire more freedom to operate in foreign markets.
Furthermore, the African aviation market is unequally distributed, as 35 African states have less than 20 international flights per day while the top five states (Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya, and Algeria) have over 100 international flights daily. Also, Africa seems to lack major hubs, as 75 percent of the intra-African flights are nonstop.
One of the key issues holding back the African aviation market is the low-income levels in Africa. This makes the aviation markets in most of the countries rather small. In fact, over 40 African states have less than two million international passengers a year. Despite that, the expected effects of the implementation of SAATM are quite impressive.
Research conducted by IATA outlines the expected effects of the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision. The study took into account 12 countries: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda.
IATA claimed that the introduction of complete air connectivity across those 12 countries would create an additional 155,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in annual GDP. It would add up to five million passengers a year due to fare savings. Ticker prices should drop by up to 35 percent, while trade would increase by $430 million.
I thought the plane is going overseas, says stowaway who attempted to board Air Peace aircraft at Lagos airport
By Samson Echenim
An attempt by a man to board an Air Peace aircraft which was taxing for take off at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos at 9.10 am has been foiled by security personnel.
It was gathered that the man emerged from the bush around the airport, and was trying gain access into the plane as the Owerri-bound aircraft (flight P47252) was preparing to fly.
Air Peace spokesman, Stanley Olisa who confirmed the incident said the man was in his twenties. He said the pilot was alerted by another pilot who was in a private jet at that time.
He said, “This morning, at exactly 9:10 at the MMA1 Lagos, an Owerri-bound Air Peace aircraft (flight P47252) was taxing towards the threshold for take-off, when a man, in his twenties, emerged from the bush along the runway, and tried to gain access to the aircraft through the wheel-well.
“There was a private jet behind the aircraft. The pilot in command of the private jet informed the Air Peace pilot in command that a young man obviously in his twenties, was trying to force his way into the aircraft.
“The security wing of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, was alerted and the man was accosted and whisked away. He is currently in the regulator’s custody. When interrogated on why he took the action, the man stated that he thought the aircraft was headed overseas. We commend FAAN for its timely intervention. The regulator is already investigating the incident.
“Air Peace remains committed to the safety of its customers and will continue to demonstrate this commitment in all aspects of its operations. At Air Peace, safety is at the heart of what we do.”