Uganda can reach the world through the ‘new’ Entebbe
IN A few years, Uganda will open a new look Entebbe International Airport, thanks to an on-going upgrade.
Across the world, airport reconstruction is in full gear. Some countries have abandoned their old airports for an entirely new stateof-the art facility like Senegal has done with Blaise Diagne International Airport. In East Africa, Kenya carried out a major upgrade on the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while Rwanda will soon open Bugesera International Airport to the world.
All this is happening for obvious reasons: Demand for newer and better aerodrome facilities. In Uganda, while the government is working on Kabaale International Airport, Entebbe is also being given a new look. With the impending return of Uganda Airlines to the skies, there is a need to prepare.
Upon completion, we want Entebbe International to tell the unique story of Uganda, its people and its culture. From the country’s mountain gorillas and its story of Christian Martyrs to its hospitality and coffee, there will be more than enough to tell visitors.
We can give Entebbe airport artwork about the Big Five of our wildlife. The world knows that the best coffee is served in Uganda’s coffee terraces, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a section of the airport carrying our cofffe.
Uganda’s culture could play a big part in attracting more visitors to the country but we must put in the effort. It will take the commitment and involvement of every Ugandan. Is this something we can do? Yes, we can.
Simon J. Mone Via e-mail