Archive for the ‘Luanda’ Category

Angola: Development leads to demands

February 14, 2012

By Louise Redvers in Luanda

The government is using its oil revenues to build new cities and hire more teachers, but hundreds of people are taking to the streets calling for political change.

The bay of Luanda is being transformed. New pedestrian- and jogger friendly pathways weave past patches of lush green grass, and a giant concrete flyover has thinned the once-notorious traffic jams that clogged the entrance onto the peninsula known as the Ilha.

After dark, wealthy Angolans and expatriates flock to waterside restaurants to sip overpriced cocktails and enjoy the view of the ever-expanding skyline. More………..


Standard Bank opens for business in Luanda

February 5, 2012

On 27 September 2010, Standard Bank Group opened its first branch in Luanda at Belas Business Park. The branch was opened to initially service the personal banking market. They have since expanded to also offer corporate and investment banking services.

Standard Bank de Angola is part of the financial fabric of the Angolan market with system links to other banks in the country and Angola’s Central Bank. As part of Standard Bank Group, Standard Bank de Angola provides its customers with a connection to the rest of Africa and other key financial markets of the world.

The branch network will grow with new branches opening this year.

Standard Bank de Angola

Condominio Belas Business Park
Edificio Luanda 7 and/Av. Talatona
S/N (ao lado do Belas Shopping)

Tel: 244 222 396355
Fax: 244 222 394641

There can be few places in the world riper than Angola for an exponential growth in tourism

February 4, 2012

Until a few years ago, Angola was off-limits to leisure visitors. There was no guidebook and reliable information for travellers was hard to come by. Tourist visas did not exist, decent hotels were rare and outrageously expensive and oil workers filled all the flights into Luanda. In the space of 3 or 4 years, much of this has changed. Although still not an easy destination, Angola remains off the mainstream tourist circuit but will reward visitors with miles of deserted beaches, an extraordinarily rich bird life and stunning examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Read the rest of my article on the Angola -today website

Living in the world’s most expensive city

February 3, 2012

By Louise Redvers, BBC News, Luanda

When you think of the world’s most expensive cities, the dusty Angolan capital of Luanda seems an unlikely contender.

Potholed, chaotic and still scarred by decades of civil war, the city has little of the glitz and glamour of Tokyo, New York or Moscow, and an estimated half of Angolans live on less than $2 a day.

But despite the obvious poverty and sprawling slums, Luanda still manages to boast some eye-wateringly high prices.

A house can be $10,000 (£6,500) a month to rent, a basic meal out for two is easily $50, a hotel room can weigh in at $400 a night and a kilo of imported tomatoes a staggering $16.

A basic saloon car without a driver (which foreigners need to negotiate the difficult traffic and parking) will be $90 a day, but upgrade to a SUV (recommended due to the poor quality roads) and you’re looking at $200. More……………

Luanda – how the Ilha was formed

January 13, 2012

Here’s an interesting simulation showing how the shape of Luanda’s Ilha has changed since the 18th century to the present day.

Arik Air starts non stop flights from Lagos to Luanda, Angola

December 10, 2011

Arik Air is to begin scheduled flights from its hub in Lagos to the Angolan capital, Luanda, becoming the first and only Nigerian carrier to operate scheduled flights between the two cities. The first flight is to launch on 13th December (2011) and will operate twice weekly on a Tuesday and Saturday.
The outbound flight will depart Lagos Murtala Muhammed International every Tuesday at 07:00am (local time), arrive in Luanda at 10:10am (local time) with the inbound flight leaving Luanda at 11:50am and arriving back to Lagos at 2:55pm.
Every Saturday, the outbound flight departs Lagos at 02:00am and arrives in Luanda at 05:05am. The inbound flight leaves Luanda at 07:00am and arrives in Lagos at 10:05am. Passengers on Arik’s international routes from London (UK), Dakar (Senegal), Accra (Ghana) and Cotonou (Benin) can connect onwards to Luanda with convenient connections in both directions.
The Lagos – Luanda route will be served with a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. The 737-800 is a two class compartment and the configuration is 16 Business Class seats and 132 Economy Class. Business Class passengers can enjoy a 44” seat pitch, cradle style seat with 8.6” individual screens. Economy Class passengers will equally enjoy plenty of room on the 3h 10min flight with a seat pitch of 34”.
Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO/ President Arik Air, said of the new route; “We are pleased to announce the launch of operations to a new destination, our second sub-Saharan and ninth African point. Luanda is a strategically important capital for the oil & gas and extraction industry and this new route offers increased availability and capacity to the capital as well as introducing the first route between Lagos and Luanda.
“We are sure the partnership with TAAG is going to be a great success and of mutual benefit to both airlines. We can offer TAAG access to an extensive West African and Nigerian network and, similarly, it can offer our passengers the ability to utilize its domestic network and regional network incorporating 23 destinations in southern, eastern and West Af


Festival Internacional de Cinema – Luanda

November 19, 2011

O Ministério da Cultura, através do IACAM, vai realizar na semana de 18 a 24 de Novembro de 2011, a IVª edição do Festival Internacional de Cinema – FIC Luanda, com o objectivo de promoção do Cinema Angolano e Internacional e para troca de experiências com cineastas estrangeiros.


Português assassinado em Luanda

November 7, 2011

Fonte : Publico

Um cidadão português foi assassinado no domingo em Luanda, à porta do seu escritório, na avenida marginal da capital angolana, disse à Lusa fonte da Embaixada de Portugal. O empresário José António Monteiro Gomes, de 80 anos, foi morto a tiro em circunstâncias ainda não esclarecidas, à porta do seu escritório, num 5.º andar, cerca das 7h00 locais. Desconhece-se o móbil do crime. A fonte contactada pela Lusa acrescentou que a família da vítima já foi avisada, bem como o Gabinete de Emergência Consular, do Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros, em Lisboa.

José António Monteiro Gomes desenvolvia a sua actividade empresarial a partir da Angofex, empresa sediada em Benguela, a cerca de 690 quilómetros a sul de Luanda.

Actualmente vivem cerca de 120 mil portugueses em Angola, a maior parte dos quais reside na área da capital.


November 6, 2011

Another new hotel opens in the centre of Luanda later this month. The EPIC SANA Luanda Hotel offers a total of 288 rooms, including 131 double rooms, 88 twin rooms, 16 suites and 3 presidential suites. For business trips, or longer stays, the hotel also has 50 SANA Residence apartments, with one or two rooms.

The hotel facilities include five restaurants and four bars. An extensive Wellness Club & Spa provides pools (indoor and outdoor), Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzi, Vichy shower, spa treatments and massage service, fitness centre, hairdresser and nail spa.

The meetings and conference centre of the hotel offers nine meeting rooms, the largest with capacity for 680 people. All the meeting rooms have state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

The website is in English, Spanish, German and Portuguese

Consulado-Geral de Angola em Faro inaugurado

September 20, 2011

O Consuldado-Geral de Angola em Faro é inaugurado recentemente, numa cerimónia presidida pelo ministro angolano das Relações Exteriores, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti. O consul-geral de Angola em Faro, Mateus de Sá Miranda Neto, apresentará as instalações, que vão acolher os sectores de migração, registo civil e notariado e gabinetes, entre outras dependências.

O novo Consulado-Geral da República de Angola em Faro funcionará na Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian, (Praceta Projectada à Rua de Moçambique), Lote Q, 1º Esquerdo, 8005-203, Faro.

First Friday Club Angola

September 4, 2011

On the first Friday of each month, conversation in the Jango Veleiro restaurant revolves around business. Businessmen, entrepreneurs and stakeholders come together in a relaxed atmosphere to talk business and to make new contacts. The club is an initiative of the Chamber
of Commerce and Industry. Members of the First Friday Club Angola pay an annual subscription of twenty dollars.


First Friday Club – Luanda (em Português)

September 4, 2011

Na primeira Sexta-feira de cada mês, a conversa no restaurante Jango Veleiro gira a volta dos negócios. Empresários, empreendedores e interessados juntam-se num ambiente saudável e relaxado para falar de negócios, rever e fazer novos amigos.

Numa iniciativa da Câmara do Comércio e Indústria, o First Friday Club Angola reúne durante duas horas homens de negócios e outros potenciais parceiros existentes em Angola, num ambiente oportuno de negócios ou potenciais parcerias.

Segundo a organização do evento, o membro do First Friday Club Angola paga uma quota mínima anual de vinte dólares e é provido de um cartão de membro, onde será depositado o que for consumido nas suas noites de Sexta-feira no Veleiro.


Roque Santeiro Relocated

September 3, 2011

Louise Redvers uncovers the mixed blessings of relocating one of Africa’s largest markets.

Named after a Brazilian soap opera and spreading over 50 hectares with close to 6,000 vendors, Roque Santeiro was the heartbeat of the country’s informal economy where you could buy everything from food and household products to car parts, white goods and clothes.

Despite a huge community outcry, the market was closed down last September and its traders relocated to a new custom-built market 20 kilometres north at Panguila. More………

The Development of Luanda’s Marginal

August 21, 2011

What’s happening to ‘The Marginal’?  The downtown main street that runs along the bay has always been the favourite destination for families on a Sunday stroll or joggers exercising while watching the sun set. Now piles of dredged sand and wire fences have taken over Luanda’s favourite promenade.

The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation on The Development of Luanda’s Bay, at the Viking Club on August 25 at 8:00 PM with Kwame Gomes, a Project Manager with Baía de Luanda Project, “Projecto de Requalificação e Reordenamento Urbano da Zona Marginal”.

He will talk about the evolution of the project, the dredging, the sewage system, and the new squares and green spaces which will be developed. Kwame, who received his MSc. in Management at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2007, will answer all your questions about the future of the Marginal and Luanda’s waterfront.

Como vivem os ricos na cidade mais cara do mundo

August 21, 2011

Como vivem os ricos em Angola


August 2, 2011

Here’s details of a guest house in Maianga, Luanda (nb, I’ve taken this direct from the Internet and have not checked it).

Angolan airline TAAG opens route to Havana

August 1, 2011

Angolan flag carrier TAAG opened a new route from Luanda to Havana, state news agency Angop reported. Cubana de Aviación is already flying the route. TAAG uses a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Angola and Cuba are long-standing partners. Hundreds of Angolans study in Cuba, and Cuban doctors and engineers are assisting Angolans in the African country. Meanwhile, state oil company Sonangol is supporting its Cuban peer, Cupet, in oil ventures in Angola

Fancy trying out the $70 pizza — in the world’s most expensive city?

July 30, 2011

By Andrew Nolan

Saturday July 30 2011

If your boss told you tomorrow that you had been relocated to the most  expensive city in the world where would you think of? Tokyo? In 2009 you would have been right. Moscow? You would have to go back to 2008. London or New York?  Wrong again. The destination on your plane ticket would be Luanda.

It’s official: the Angolan city has the 2011 top spot according to Mercer, a US financial consultancy company which compiles an annual report comparing  prices in the world’s capitals.

So how expensive is it?………

Hotel Baía – new 4 star hotel opens in Luanda

July 23, 2011

The Hotel Baía has just opened in Luanda. It’s owned by Teixeira Duarte, who also own and run the Alvalade and Tropico Hotels in Luanda. Their website is in English and Portuguese and offers on-line booking. The hotel is between the British Embassy and the Neto Mausoleum.

Luanda ‘most expensive city for expats’

July 13, 2011

Luanda, the capital of Angola, is the world’s most  expensive city for expatriates, according to a survey. Luanda topped Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey for the second year in a row,  followed by Tokyo in Japan and N’Djamena in Chad. New to the top 10 were Singapore, ranked eighth, and Sao Paulo in Brazil,  which jumped from 21st to 10th. More…..