Emirates resumes scheduled services from Pakistan

Karachi(Cliff News)Emirates has resumed scheduled services from Pakistan, operating flights from Karachi and Lahore to Dubai yesterday. The first scheduled flight from Islamabad will take off on Thursday. The resumption comes after over two months of travel restrictions imposed globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Emirates is operating 14 weekly flights to Dubai, including seven from Karachi, five from Lahore and two from Islamabad using its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Passengers can book tickets on Economy and Business Class. From Pakistan, the airline is flying UAE residents and citizens, as well as cargo to Dubai. From Dubai to Pakistan, the airline is flying in only cargo.Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of the UAE government. Details are available here.
Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates’ Vice President Pakistan said: “We are extremely pleased to resume services successfully from Pakistan, and thank the authorities for the arrangements and their assistance. Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller’s journey to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees at all touchpoints. Our customers travelling with us will find these measures reassuring and comforting.”Social distancing measures have been applied and baggage is disinfected at all three airports. The boarding sequence has been staggered in Economy Class and passengers board by row, from the last row to the first, in small numbers.
All cabin crew on board are fully kitted out in PPEs. Crew hand out hygiene travel kits that contain masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and a sanitiser to every passenger. Comfort items such as mattresses, pillows, blankets and headphones are hygienically sealed. Hot meals are served with high-quality cutlery and crockery, sterilised before each use. Cabin service assistants ensure toilets are cleaned at frequent intervals of every 45 minutes. Toilets are equipped with sanitising soap and handwashing instructions.Emirates’ modern aircraft cabins feature advanced HEPA air filters which remove 99.97% of viruses and eliminate dust, allergens and germs from cabin air for a healthier and safer on-board environment. In Dubai, each aircraft goes through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes after every journey.Customers transiting through Dubai International airport and boarding another Emirates flight go through thermal screening after disembarkation. Transfer desks at the airport have protective barriers and for extra assistance, airport staff dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE), direct customers from a safe distance.The airline is currently flying from Karachi daily, from Islamabad on Thursdays and Saturdays and from Lahore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Emirates offers flights for passengers to 29 cities and resumes transits through Dubai

Emirates announces more passenger flights taking network to 25 cities, resumption of network-wide connecting flights through its Dubai hub

Karachi /Dubai(Cliff News)Following the UAE Federal Government’s announcement to lift restrictions on transit passengers services, from 15th June Emirates will offer passenger services to 16 more cities on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. With travel restrictions remaining in place in most countries, customers are reminded to check entry and exit requirements before their journeys.Flights to the following cities will be available for booking on emirates.com or via travel agents: Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane.In addition, from 8th June Emirates will offer flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad for travellers from Pakistan who wish to connect onwards to other Emirates destinations.With this latest announcement, Emirates will be offering flights for passengers on the back of its scheduled cargo operations from Dubai to 29 cities, including existing flights to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila (from 11th June).
Customers can book to fly between destinations in the Asia Pacific and Europe or the Americas, with a convenient connection in Dubai, as long as they meet travel and immigration entry requirements of their destination country.Working closely with the UAE authorities, Emirates continues to take a measured and phased approach to flight resumption and rebuilding connections between Dubai and the world.Health and safety first: 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.Travel restrictions: Customers are reminded that travel restrictions remain in place, and travellers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries.Residents returning to the UAE can check the latest requirements at: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/flying-you-home/

Customers can find more information about Emirates’ flights and current services at: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/essential-travel/#75478

Sara Loren reveals first look of her action film “Ishrat MADE IN CHINA”


Karachi (Cliff News)After making her mark in the international arena, the versatile actress Sara Loren reveals the first look of her Pakistani film, Ishrat Made In China. The announcement was made earlier this week, as the cast took to their Instagram accounts to share official posters of the film. ‘Ishrat Made In China’ marks the first time Loren will be seen in an action oriented role. A spin-off of Mirza’s 2006 satirical television series Ishrat Baji, ‘Ishrat Made In China’ is an action comedy film which revolves around gang rivalries. When asked about what fans can expect from the film, Loren says, “At this point I can’t reveal a lot. However, as Sanam pointed out earlier, the images that you see don’t reveal much about the characters. Rather, they’re more of cast announcement. We’ve worked really hard. The director, the team and my fellow actors, all have been brilliant. This is also my action debut and I’m thrilled to share it with my fans. Always buzzing with creativity, we’ve all thoroughly enjoyed making the film, here’s hoping you’ll enjoy watching it as much too!”Sara Loren previously traveled to Thailand with the entire team of ‘Ishrat Made In China’ including the actors Mohib Mirza, Sanam Saeed and Shamoon Abbasi before the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Pakistan. Unfortunately, with the sudden announcement of the country going in lock down and suspending international and national flights, the cast and crew found themselves stranded in Thailand. After continuous appeals to the government, the film team was flown back and earlier also tested negative for CoVid-19. An Ek Alif Films and Eleven Eleven Films Presentation, Ishrat Made In China features a star studded cast including Sara Loren, Mohib Mirza, Shamoon Abbasi, Sanam Saeed, Mani, Nayyar Ejaz, Shabir Jan and Ali Kazim. The film is scheduled to be released in 2020. Details about Loren’s character will be revealed at a later date. 



Emirates to resume scheduled flights from Karachi,Lahore and Islamabad

Karachi(Cliff News)4 June 2020 From 8 June 2020, Emirates will resume 14 weekly scheduled flights to Dubai, including a daily from Karachi, five from Lahore and two from Islamabad.From Pakistan, the airline will fly UAE residents as well as cargo to Dubai. On the flights from Dubai to Pakistan, the airline will only carry cargo. Emirates will serve Pakistan with its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, flying from Karachi daily, from Islamabad on Thursdays and Saturdays and from Lahore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of the UAE government. Details are available here.Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates’ Vice President Pakistan said: “We are pleased to resume scheduled passenger services from Pakistan to Dubai, which will enable our UAE-based Pakistani customers currently in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to return to their work, businesses and families. We are working closely with the Pakistani government to plan the resumption of operations to Peshawar and Sialkot as well. We have implemented enhanced hygiene and safety measures at the airport in coordination with the relevant authorities. The safety and wellbeing of our customers, employees and communities remain our top priority.”In addition to resuming scheduled services to Dubai, Emirates is working closely with the government of Pakistan to facilitate repatriation flights for Pakistani citizens wishing to return home. This week, the airline operated two special flights from Dubai to Karachi and Islamabad repatriating Pakistani nationals stranded in the UAE. Emirates SkyCargo, the airline’s cargo division, transported essential goods on these special flights including essential pharma, perishables, fabrics and courier shipments.For health and safety reasons, services on board these flights have been modified as per government requirements. All Emirates aircraft go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai after each journey.


Microsoft ensures secure collaboration for digital learning in Pakistan

Karachi(Cliff News)“Today, as more and more people across the globe, including Pakistan are required to stay home due to government lockdown interventions, we are seeing a massive shift towards remote learning. This has meant the growth in the usage of collaborative tools such as Microsoft’s Teams to create virtual classrooms wherein educators can communicate with their students in real-time”. This statement has been issued by Microsoft recently.According to the South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. Investment in education is one of the biggest investments any country can make for its current and future generation. Currently, around 420 million people across the world would be lifted out of poverty with secondary education consequently improving the quality of life globally by more than half.In emerging markets alone, over 1.5 Million students and teachers are leveraging Microsoft Teams as the remote learning platform during this period. Through such platforms, educators can connect with and support students in much the same way they could in person with live meetings wherein they are able to show video, share presentations, and even invite external speakers for virtual field trips. But, as students and educators move online, naturally there is an increase in the risks to security and safety. In Pakistan, Microsoft has observed that as we adjust to the new normal and governments take the much needed next steps towards safely re-opening the economies and adopting possible return to school strategies, blended learning will play a key role in ensuring that some of the non – essential aspects of learning that do not require face to face interaction are enabled while ensuring the online safety and security of students.Pakistani educational institutions, therefore, need to take steps to ensure that digital learning environments are safe by setting up concrete policies and restrictions when using these tools to guard students’ safety, while also ensuring that online classrooms remain engaging and giving educators the tools they need to create a focused learning environment.When educators set up meetings to teach students a link is created which participants can use to enter these meetings. Sharing these links online to reach students can seem like a quick and easy way to communicate with students when and how to enter live meetings but this also opens meetings up to anyone who sees the link.Online classrooms introduce a new dynamic for both teachers and students alike, making managing disruptions and curbing inappropriate messaging, a task which educators need to perform in new ways. Now, these disturbances can also appear in the form of unauthorised users with disruption often being their main goal.To manage disruptions while ensuring the safety of students, administrators should limit students’ ability to schedule meetings, initiate private calls, and monitor chat sessions to remove inappropriate messaged in channel meetings. This can be done by restricting meeting roles for students within a meeting. Educators can control the learning environment further in Teams by creating meetings for classes within specific channels which allows them to disable student-to-student chat if necessary and allows them to track class discussions in context. Other functionalities such as being able to blur video backgrounds, mute participants, and control who can present during the meeting are key for ensuring safe learning for students with Teams.We have entered an unexpected and often challenging time where in just over a month the education landscape has completely transformed. But as we have also seen, technology is a powerful tool that can be used to overcome these challenges and sometimes even improve on functions such as learning. With technology, education can be interactive, engaging, and controlled as long as we ensure digital security to protect students and staff online.As a way to support educational institutions as they work to do so, Microsoft has created a more in-depth guide to serve as a foundation to their safety plans, and thus help to give teachers, students, and parents’ peace of mind while also making learning more productive.


Zong 4G releases much awaited campaign titled “humhainone”

Islamabad(Cliff News)Zong 4G marks this Eid as a tribute to the resilience of the Pakistani Nation as it releases its much-awaited campaign titled #humhainone. As the world continues battling with the pandemic, Zong 4G has come forward with a message of hope, optimism and unity.The star of the campaign is Pakistan’s No. 1 Singer, Atif Aslam, who hosts international model Polina Chepurnova in a journey through the No. 1 Travel Destination of 2020 – Pakistan. The captivating TV advertisement is a unique blend of cultural heritage, traditional music and the openhearted hospitality of the people of Pakistan. As the country’s widest 4G network of 14,000 cell sites connecting Pakistan’s largest customer base, Zong 4G has always stood with the people of Pakistan. The campaign is amplified by a beautiful sound track, sung by Atif Aslam, which is an ode to the beauty of Pakistan, its warm people and rich culture.Commenting on the campaign, Zong 4G’s CEO, Mr. Wang Hua said, “Zong 4G has always been at the forefront of innovation, technology and the introduction of best-in-class products and services. These are testing times for the entire world and we want every Pakistani to know that Zong 4G stands with you. Through our perseverance and resolve we will come out stronger than before.”“Pakistan has so much to offer to the world and the world is raving about Pakistan as a hidden gem. As an operator which covers the length and breadth of the country, Zong 4G is on a mission to promote Pakistan in a way never done before! Our new TVC is a message of hope and prosperity for the entire nation. With technology, the possibilities are endless. We lead by paving the way forward. Especially in these extraordinary circumstances, the campaign is a breath of fresh air, motivating and re-energizing the people for the future that we are creating.”Zong 4G stands tall as the largest, widest and fastest 4G network of the country. As the first operator to test 5G and successfully connect South Asia’s first 5G video call, Zong 4G is the leader in innovation and technology. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Zong 4G has stepped forward to help the people of Pakistan. Zong 4G has been relentlessly working to support the Government, Hospitals and stakeholders in their fight against COVID-19. The company has recently partnered with the Federal and Provincial Governments, Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Indus Hospital, UNICEF Pakistan, HEC, SIUT, NIH and NDMA.


GE bringing clean energy to remote Pakistan

Islamabad(Cliff News)GE Renewable Energy, in consortium with Powerchina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation Limited, announced today that it has been selected by Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to supply six Francis turbines and generators for Stage 1 of the new Dasu hydropower plant in Pakistan.The 2.2 GW Dasu hydropower project is one of the most important power generation projects in the country. The plant will help generate clean electricity, ushering in a new era of socio-economic potential and development in remote areas.The project will be completed in two stages. The first stage consists of installing a 2,160 MW hydropower plant on the Indus River, which could be expanded to 4,320 MW in a second phase. This project is part of the Vision 2025 Program launched by WAPDA in 2001 and the Government of Pakistan’s Power Policy 2013. Once commissioned in 2026, the Dasu hydropower plant will power around 4 million households in Pakistan.GE Renewable Energy’s hydro business is responsible for the design, supply, supervision, installation, and commissioning of the six new 360 MW Francis turbines and generators, as well as the governors and control, and protection systems. GE Grid Solutions will provide the Generator Circuit Breaker.WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzzammil Hussain (Retd) said: “The project is vital to add a major quantum of hydroelectricity to the national grid in order to minimize reliance on expensive thermal generation and lower the power tariff.” Pascal Radue, President and CEO of the Hydro business of GE Renewable Energy added: “We are proud to start this new collaboration with WAPDA and will support them to develop clean and sustainable electricity in Pakistan. We are also glad to be part of this new hydropower project that will facilitate access to electricity in remote areas.”With offices in Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad, GE has been operating in the country across businesses for over 60 years. GE will continue to support the government in achieving its goals and will work to identify potential sources of funding and explore investment opportunities in different sectors. 







Emirates Sky Cargo’s global network grows to 75 destinations

Emirates SkyCargo’s global network grows to 75 destinations

Karachi/Dubai(Cliff News)Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its weekly scheduled cargo flight operations to cover 75 destinations across six continents. Through its wider reach, Emirates SkyCargo is able to transport essential commodities and other urgently needed cargo more rapidly across the world, allowing exporters and importers across markets to benefit from direct access to widebody cargo capacity.Some of the destinations recently included in Emirates SkyCargo’s network include Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dhaka, Dublin, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Quito.In addition, Emirates SkyCargo has also upped frequency of flights to several key destinations such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Bengaluru, Brussels, Chennai, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Johannesburg and London allowing businesses more choice and flexibility in having their cargo shipped to customers and supplementing additional cargo capacity for the transport of urgent and necessary goods.Over and above scheduled flight operations, Emirates SkyCargo also operates charter flights in response to customer demand.Since March 2020, Emirates SkyCargo has played an important role globally in the transport of urgently required medical supplies including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, pharmaceuticals, healthcare equipment, electronics such as laptops and mobile phones as more people around the world have turned to online working and learning, food items including fruits, vegetables, sea food and meat. The carrier operated over 2,500 flights in the month of April. Currently Emirates SkyCargo is operating more than 100 flights a day from its hub in Dubai.


Emirates resumes passenger flights to 9 destinations

Emirates resumes passenger flights to 9 destinations

Karachi / Dubai(Cliff News) Emirates has announced its plan to operate scheduled flight services from 21 May to nine destinations: London Heathrow Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.* The airline will also offer connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and Australia.These flights will be available for booking on emirates.com.Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. This includes an approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) for UAE residents who wish to return to Dubai.Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer said: “We are pleased to resume scheduled passenger services to these destinations, providing more options for customers to travel from the UAE to these cities, and also between the UK and Australia. We are working closely with the authorities to plan the resumption of operations to additional destinations. We have implemented additional measures at the airport in coordination with the relevant authorities in respect to social distancing and sanitization. The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and communities, remain our top priority.”

Repatriation flights

In addition to the scheduled services, Emirates will also continue to work closely with embassies and consulates to facilitate repatriation flights for visitors and residents wishing to return home. This week, the airline plans to operate flights from Dubai to Tokyo Narita (15 May), Conakry (16 May), and Dakar (16 May).*

Health and safety on Emirates

The safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees is Emirates’ top priority. In preparation for the resumption of flight services, the airline has already enhanced various precautionary measures throughout the customer journey.

At Dubai International airport, customers and employees will have their temperatures checked via thermal scanners. Protective barriers have been installed at check-in counters to provide additional safety during interaction. Gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at the airport. In addition, Emirates’ cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff who interact directly with travellers will don personal protective equipment (PPE) including a protective disposable gown and safety visor.Social distancing protocols will also be implemented. At this airport, this includes physical indicators being placed on the ground and at waiting areas in the airport to ensure travellers maintain a safe distance.For health and safety reasons and to minimise interaction on-board, Emirates will offer a modified in-flight service that focuses on reducing contact and infection risk. Magazines and print reading material will not be available during this time. Cabin baggage have to be checked-in, and customers can only bring essential items such as a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items on board.

Emirates has initiated a stringent safety programme to ensure aircraft cabins remain clean and sanitary. The airline’s modern aircraft cabins have been fitted with advanced HEPA air filters which remove 99.97% of viruses and eliminate dust, allergens and germs from cabin air for a healthier and safer on-board environment. After its journey and on landing in Dubai, each aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes to ensure safety and proper sanitation.


QR Payments – Safe and Practical

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced us all into self-isolation. Undoubtedly, carrying out day to day activities has become quite inconvenient, but strictly following social distancing practices is of the utmost important right now considering the pace at which the virus is spreading.The World Health Organization (WHO), local governing bodies as well as experts in Pakistan have highlighted a range of precautionary measures for limiting the spread of this deadly disease. As a responsible person, I like to read up on these to make sure I protect myself and those around me. However, going out for essentials like groceries is imperative even when under lockdown and this is where things get a little challenging for me.Every time I go out to buy something, I become curious about the research that says Coronavirus can be transferred through surfaces like paper currencies and even plastic cards. The SBP has directed all banks to quarantine notes but this practice can’t be applied to money which is being exchanged between people and shopkeepers on daily basis. On each visit to the store I would wonder of a viable solution to this problem.Then, one day as I was collecting my groceries, I saw a man scanning some kind of code placed at the counter with his smartphone. He didn’t give a card or cash, instead all he showed to the guy at the cash register was a text which apparently, the shopkeeper had also received. I was fascinated and curious at the same time.
I inquired the man what this payment mode was that he had just used. He kindly told me that it was Easypaisa’s new QR payment service. I had heard about it, seen the QR cards lying at certain places too but had never given it any thought. Today, though, I was intrigued. I couldn’t help but to know more.Fortunately, the guy using it turned out to be friendly and explained me the process, which was quite simple to my surprise. All I had to do was sign up to the Easypaisa application using my CNIC details. The option is available on the app and works at hundreds of retailers including petrol stations, super stores and restaurants etc. The Easypaisa account itself can be topped up through balance transfer from any bank account. This means that there is no handling of cash or cards at any point – truly going cashless.Since I visit the store quite often, I know the shopkeeper too. The guy was quick to chime in and point out that even for retailers, the process of acquiring this payment facility was quite simple. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, many people had been coming in with reservations about paying cash or card due to the fear of potentially transferring the virus. The process to get registered for the service was all digital without any lengthy paperwork. I was surprised about how I hadn’t heard about this till now.The shopkeeper further explained that there were three ways to register. He had done it by simply sending a message with the name of his city and his mobile number to 422 (type RET<space>MOBILE NUMBER and CITY and send it to 422). He mentioned that a few other retailers also registered by calling the same number or (Area code) 111-003-737 and some by visiting the Easypaisa website. After processing of the application, he received a confirmation message which was followed by the shop’s QR code being sent to him through WhatsApp. He was amazed that the process was actually so simple which saved both his time and effort.A service like QR payments is a breath of relief in these trying times. It enables us to ensure our own safety while also making sure that we fulfill our duty towards society. Many businesses are now introducing this facility and I can’t wait for it to be available in every store across the city.