Emiratization in Full Swing: Emirates Announces Management Appointments in Africa
Monday, 09 December 2013
Khalid Al Zarouni, country manager Tanzania
Emirates announced  appointments of five graduates of Emirates’ UAE national management program (Emiratization) to management potions in its commercial operations within Africa. 
Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president commercial operations West, said: ”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.”

The Dubai based airline has 150 flights each week across the African continent and 24 destinations.

The management changes for Emirates’ commercial operations in Africa covers:

Khalid Al Zarouni, country manager Tanzania. Khalid started his career with Emirates in 2006 as part of the airline’s UAE national commercial management program. Al Zarouni 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.  

Husain Al Safi, country manager Zambia. Alsafi holds bachelor degree in engineering management from the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE. In 2007, Al Safi joined Emirates as a commercial trainee and was appointed country manager for Bangladesh in 2009 and a year later for Yemen. Al Safi‘s recent position was country manager for Algeria for nearly a year. 

Thani Abdulla Al Ansari, country manager Uganda. Thani 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.   

Abdulaziz Al Hai, country manager Sudan.  Abdulaziz started his career with Emirates in 2003 as part of the airline’s UAE national management program. In 2006, he took on the role of airport manager in various markets: Damascus, Kuwait and three years later in Cairo. Abdulaziz moved from airport services to commercial operations and was appointed as country manager for Tanzania in 2011 for two years.  

Tariq Obaid, country manager Algeria. Tariq started his career with the Emirates Group in 2007 as a college work placement trainee in the Flight Operations Center, covering various aircraft and quality audit responsibilities. Then joined the Emirates Group's commercial management program as sales manager in both Libya and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Dammam station, and country manager for Sudan. 

The country managers for Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda will report to Orhan Abbas, senior vice president commercial operations for Latin America, Central and Southern Africa and 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.