Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest civil aviation hub, said on Tuesday that it recorded its busiest month in August, United Arab Emirates (UAE) State News Agency, WAM, reported.
Monthly statistics showed that passenger numbers in August totalled 8.23 million compared to 7.23 million passengers in 2016, this represents a 6.6 per cent year-on-year increase.
South America was the fastest expanding market with traffic surging 27.4 per cent, followed by Asia at 21.9 per cent and Eastern Europe at 18.8 per cent.
Moreover, the Dubai International Airport welcomed 59.35 million passengers during the eight and seventh months of the year, a 6.3 per cent increase compared to 55.85 million passengers of 2016.
In terms of passenger volumes, India remained the top destination country with 1,044,730 passengers in August, followed by Britain (611,254 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (610,434 passengers).
London was the top destination city with 377,130 passengers, followed closely by Kuwait City (284,151 passengers) and Mumbai (211,564 passengers).
Meanwhile, freight volumes surged to 221,508 tons in August, up 10.1 per cent from 201,100 tons in 2016.
“We are very pleased with the way things are shaping up this year, not only in terms of growth, which has been robust with passenger numbers exceeding the 8-million mark three times: in January, July and August,’’ said Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports.
DXB has also succeeded in enhancing the airport experience with initiatives such as the launch of the “world’s fastest free airport Wi-Fi’’ and the implementation of the streaming entertainment service ICFlix, he added.
The artisans are among the 100 participants Goldberg plans to support with N300, 000 through Isedowo across Southwest Nigeria.
One of the beneficiaries, Eniola Awe, a fashion designer, who expressed her joy during the cheque presentation ceremony, said “l am highly delighted to be among the beneficiaries. I commend Goldberg for supporting my dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur. I urge consumers to make Goldberg the preferred choice in Ekiti and the whole of the Southwest.”
Also, Kayode Omoyeba, a carpenter, remarked “l commend Goldberg and Nigerian Breweries for the empowerment scheme which will go a long way in enhancing my business. I have been thinking of how to buy work tools for a while and Goldberg has relieved me of that burden. I am now a happy man and this initiative is worth emulating.”
Other artisans which included motor mechanics, tailors, caterers, carpenters, makeup artists, electricians and an artist also commended Goldberg for assisting them with funds to boost their businesses.
Commenting on Isedowo, the Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Emmanuel Agu, said “Goldberg would, through the scheme, extend its affinity with the people of the Southwest beyond culture and tradition to entrepreneurship.” That way, he added, “it would have positioned itself as an empowerment platform that shares the aspirations of the people.”
To benefit from the initiative, interested participants are expected to showcase their business ideas and how they impact the society.
The initiative, which was launched last month by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, in his palace, has received wide commendation from prominent monarchs in the Southwest.
Known for its leading role in promoting culture and tradition, Goldberg through Isedowo has deepened its connection with the people of the South-west by supporting their economic aspirations.
The scheme which has so far supported artisans in Osun and Ekiti states will also activate in other Southwestern states in the coming weeks
L-R: Honourable Tunde Ogunleye, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Public Utilities, Ekiti state; Bolatito Eunice, a caterer and one of the 22 beneficiaries of Goldberg’s Isedowo empowerment initiative; Josiah Akinola, Assistant Brand Manager, Mainstream Brands, and Okunade Taiwo, Area Sales Manager, Ado-Ekiti, both of Nigerian Breweries Plc, during the presentation of business grants to entrepreneurs in Ekiti state on Friday.
R-L: Funso Ayeni, Senior Brand Manager, Mainstream Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Alo Babatunde, a motor mechanic, one of the 22 beneficiaries of Goldberg’s Isedowo empowerment initiative, and Gboyega Omotoyinbo, Managing Director, O’Fage, senior key distributor, Nigerian Breweries Plc; during the presentation of business grants to entrepreneurs in Ekiti state on Friday.
10 out of the 22 beneficiaries of Goldberg’s Isedowo empowerment initiative during the presentation of business grants to entrepreneurs in Ekiti state on Friday.
R-L: Okunade Taiwo, Area Sales Manager, Ado-Ekiti, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Rotimi Omooluorokun, one of the 22 beneficiaries of Goldberg’s Isedowo empowerment initiative; and 9ice, a popular musician, during the presentation of business grants to entrepreneurs in Ekiti state on Friday.