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BN Travel: Let The Luxury & Adventure Begin! Two Boat Rides & a $27,000 per Night Suite – Here’s What Happened in Days 1 & 2 of #EmiratesNaijaFamTrip2016 In Dubai

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What an amazing couple of days it has been!

I, IK Nwosu, have been on an exciting trip for BellaNaija to Dubai courtesy of Emirates Airlines.

The flight to Dubai was for 6.35PM and the team had agreed to meet at the airport by 3PM. I had planned everything (to the letter and the number) the night before and early Tuesday morning. All was set for me to be at the Airport even before the stipulated time, then the car I was in broke down. As in, broke down flat. We spent over an hour trying to fix it, to no avail. I had to leave and take another taxi about 20 minutes to the deadline.

Long story short, we got to the airport 4 minutes past the deadline – 3PM. Although I never wanted that, I understood that, expectation is not always the same as reality.

I checked in and later met the group from different media houses in Nigeria. We took a couple of pictures and proceeded to the Emirates Airline First & Business Class lounge.

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What I had in the lounge.

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Before…

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… meets after

We flew in the Business Class Cabin of the aircraft en route Dubai International Airport and the service was beyond exceptional!

I saw a movie, I.T, Played Battleship, and listened to an audio book – Leadership: Dubai Style by Dr. Tommy Weir. I listened to about 35 percent of the book before we landed.

It revealed the Leadership qualities that got Dubai to where it is now.

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I got an aisle seat!

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Getting Set for Take off

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Gamer Mode!

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Now Playing …. I.T

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We departed Lagos at 6.35PM (Tuesday). We landed in Dubai approximately 7 hours later. That was 4:47AM (Wednesday) Dubai Time and 1:47AM Nigerian Time (Wednesday). We were received by Ebrahim, a Tanzanian. Ebrahim works with Arabian Adventures. Arabian Adventures is a tour company in charge of the trip.

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Dubai International Airport

We got through immigration without stress – a matter of minutes. We proceeded to get our luggage.

That was when I almost fell in the train because I was pressing phone. The train was ready to move and I didn’t know. I was still trying to process the information (that we should hold on to something) and taking action, when the train started moving. Thanks to the days of the popular Molue in Lagos, I quickly held on to the pole in front of me.

We got our luggage and proceeded to the driveway where the Emirate Chauffeur Drive Service Team was waiting for us. Without stress we were en route The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall.

Tired Eyes... Heading down to The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall with Emirates Chauffeur Drive Service

Tired Eyes… Heading down to The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall with Emirates Chauffeur Drive Service

We arrived at the hotel some minutes before 6AM. We checked in within minutes. The Address Hotel upgraded our reservation from a Deluxe Room to a One Bedroom Apartment… just because they love Nigerians.

The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall Lobby

The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall Lobby

The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall Lobby

The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall Lobby

The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall Lobby

The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall Lobby

Room Tour!

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Zoom in to the top left corner to see my name

After putting other things in place, I slept for about an hour and proceeded to take breakfast. The Hotel was having a buffet, but I was too full to eat as much as I will normally do, so I had something light.LOL

But take a look at the view from 6.35AM first.

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Breakfast!

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‘Something Light’

I went to The Dubai Mall to get my Sim Card sorted. This was about 12PM (9AM Nigerian Time). After sorting it out, I came back to rest. All these while we were using the rocket speed WIFI of The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall.

With the equivalent of N6,500, you can get Non-stop chatting, non-stop social media, and 70 minutes of international call on a free du Sim Card.

I love how Dubai has perfected the art and science of Tourist attraction. One can basically come to Dubai alone, buy Tourist packages from the airport, and have a great time with other Holidaymakers. It’s absolutely brilliant!

I must commend The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall for the quality of their customer service and their interracial staff base. This is so in almost every company in Dubai. With over 170 Nationalities represented, about 84% of the population are not Emiratis.

LUNCH! Lamb Leg

LUNCH! Lamb Leg

We had a reservation at Sea Fu Restaurant in Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach. Thanks to Noor from Arabian Adventures for driving us down.

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Heading to Sea Fu Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort

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We had great food, witty conversations, with awesome background music and view. I had a “head-expanding” moment when I introduced myself as the representative of BellaNaija, and Sandy and Andre from Emirates smiled and said “The Famous BellaNaija”.

We talked about why Nigerians come to Dubai: for commerce, tourism, destination weddings, and overall, to have a good time. We also discussed internet penetration in Nigeria, and the affordability of internet services.

Andre and Sandy talked about the ‘heavy’ traffic on their way down. I later discovered that we took the same route and I wondered if what we experienced was what they called heavy traffic.

Long story short. The traffic they experienced was the same as what you’ll experience by 6.30PM on Tuesday in Lagos or Port Harcourt and tell yourself “Wow, the road is free today o”.

Dubai is a city that is never still, at every point in time, there is a new Mall, Hotel, Studio, Opera, train station, or bridge being opened.

In all, it was a great time at Four Seasons Resort. Isabel (Four Seasons Resort) presented each of us with a beautiful gift.

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#Appetiser – Beetroot Coriander Salad

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#MainCourse – Short Rib and Beef.

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#Dessert – Mouchi – Japanese Ice Cream. Somebody on Instagram said it looked like Semo, Amala, and Eba. The ice cream is wrapped in these balls

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I met a Nigerian! His name is Harmony, from Abia state. He works at Four Seasons Restaurant, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

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L-R: Chinedu, Wole, IK, Sandy, Isabel, Abdulateef, Andre

The gift from Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach

The gift from Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach

We drove back to the hotel and I met this view; The Goodnight view.

This is just the beginning. Star Actress Mercy Aigbe-Gentry will be joining us on Day 2!

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DAY 2

Our activity for the day started at 9AM. Our tour guide from Arabian Adventures for Day 2 was Mauro.

We took breakfast at the Restaurant and proceeded to begin the day! Because I was too full, I had fruits. We had not spent up to 2 days and I already felt like I had gained up to 2kg. I don’t know if you have heard or noticed, apart from the great sights and recreational facilities, Dubai is also known for good food!

Mercy Aigbe-Gentry had just landed in Dubai a few hours before breakfast, but she was able to join us for breakfast. We had a swell time, while discussing the beauty of the city.

Mauro, an Italian, was taking us to the area known as the Old Dubai where the Gold Souk and Spicy Souk were located. While on the bus, Mauro narrated intelligently, the Unification of the Emirates, the income sources for UAE, and some of the plans.

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Breakfast

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Mauro speaking to some team members

Six Emirates had in 1971, signed an agreement to run a Federational Monarchy type of government. The President will be from Abu Dhabi – the area where over 90% of the oil in the UAE is located; and Vice President and Prime Minister, coming from Dubai. Dubai is the hub of Trade, Commerce, and Investment.

The other Emirates are Ajman, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain.

Fujairah joined the Emirates in 1972, just few months after the Unification.

Did you know that about 5 million barrels of crude oil are extracted and sold every day from the Emirates? Coupled with the huge investments and trade going in Dubai, the Emirates gets lots of cash inflow in millions of dollars on a daily basis.

The heads of the other Emirates, alongside the President and Vice President make up the Supreme Council which, in the organogram, comes before the President. The other Emirates are Sharja, Fujairah, Rasal Keman, Ashman, and Umaque.

Although the president’s word is law, there is a Sharia Council that ensures that every activity of the Emirates is in line with the dictates of the Quran.

There are over 200 Islands in Abu Dhabi, but only 7 of them have been fully developed at the moment.

We proceeded to the Jumeirah Mosque – the central mosque in Dubai. It was a beauty to behold.

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The Jumeirah Mosque

The Tour of The Jumeirah Beach also called Burj Al Arab Beach.

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The Jumeirah Hotel

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The Famous Burj Al Arab Hotel

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From the Central Mosque we went on a boat ride to the Spicy Souk and Gold Souk. Souk means Market.

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A store in the Spicy Souk

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Frankincense and Myrrh

Look what we found at the Gold Souk – Gold Dresses and The World’s Heaviest Ring!

The World's heaviest Gold Ring - Najmat Taiba. Mounted on 5.17kg of precious stones and set on a 58.686kg 21 carat Gold ring, It was created by Taiba for Gold and Jewellery Co., Ltd.

The World’s heaviest Gold Ring – Najmat Taiba. Mounted on 5.17kg of precious stones and set on a 58.686kg 21 karat Gold ring, It was created by Taiba for Gold and Jewellery Co., Ltd.

Gold Dresses!

Gold Dresses!

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Our next stop was Palm Jumeirah. The famous Palm-Shaped Real Estate in Dubai. Before touring the Palm Jumeirah, we had lunch at Breeze Restaurant, owned by Nakheel, the Developer for Palm Jumeirah.

Look what we found on the way!

This is Former Highest Skyscrapper in the Middle East. It was Inaugurated in 1979 by Queen Elizabeth but built way before then.

This is Former Highest Skyscrapper in the Middle East. It was Inaugurated in 1979 by Queen Elizabeth but built way before then.

Behold the Rose Rayhaan! It is the 3rd tallest hotel in the world with 600 rooms and has a height of 333m

Behold the Rose Rayhaan! It is the 3rd tallest hotel in the world with 600 rooms and has a height of 333m

At the Breeze Restaurant.

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Food!! ?? @emirates #EmiratesNaijaFamTrip2016 #Emiratesnaijafamtrip #BNTravel #BNInDubai @jspcommunications

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At Nakheel Office

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We took a boat ride to Atlantis, The Palm – one of the most luxurious Resorts in the world. The facility houses a beach club, waterpark for kids, dolphin and sea lion bay, underwater aquarium (with about 65,000 fishes who have their own private chef!), underwater restaurant and bar, an underwater suite, a Presidential suite, Grand Atlantis Suite and the Royal Bridge Suite which costs $27,000 per night!

The Royal Bridge Suite is at the topmost part of the resort, and it’s the only place you can get a good view of the entire Palm Jumeirah, and a good view of the Arabian Gulf. The 924 square metre Suite offers a private elevator and team of butlers and chef, a 16-seat dining table, and 3 sumptuous bedrooms.

In the lobby of Atlantis is a sculpture made from 8,000 pieces of hand blow glass. It was designed by Dale Chihuly and named after him.

We also visited the ShuiQi Spa, that serves Gentlemen’s Tonic and Bastien Gonzalez Manicure & Pedicure.

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Boat Ride!

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Atlantis, The Palm

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Guests having fun with the over 65,000 fishes in the underwater aquarium

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The Dale Chihuly Sculpture

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Piranhas!

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Finding Nemo. All the fishes in that movie can be found here

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#AtlantisThePalm @emirates #EmiratesNaijaFamTrip2016 #EmiratesNaijaFamTrip #BNTravel #BNInDubai

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We took drinks at Nobus and proceeded to YUAN for dinner.

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Corn Soup!

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Sooo much to eat!

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#Dessert Chocolate Rock

The trip isn’t over! I still have three exciting days to share with you.

Look out for my next post on our visit to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the recently opened IMG Worlds of Adventure, and a fabulous boat cruise!

12 Comments

  1. Regina

    November 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    BN I’ll love to be a part of your team, or do some reporting for you.

  2. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    November 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Dear BN, don’t you think it’s high time you rewarded your readers with one of these trips? They’re free for you by the way (technically cos it’s usually a barter agreement). Instead of your celebrity friends and staff every time, how about a reader for a change? Or are we not worthy of free trips like this one? Shebi it’s to write about the trip and snap pictures like Oga Ade did up here? We can do it too nah.
    Don’t be stingy BN, your traffic is huge, reward those who contribute to it once in a while.
    And please don’t give me “we give to charity” – this is not charity typing this angry comment.

    • Amaa

      November 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      I agree ☝️. Meanwhile I’d rather go Dubai than SA
      Visa free
      Safety
      Ease of moving around
      Pocket friendly luxury
      Emirates airline baggage allowance
      Airport is stressless

      So until SA stops treating African and Nigerians as second class citizen I will go and spend my dirham

    • Zeeebby

      November 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu for president. ……………..

      BN Take me and Single shalewa, Bitter Bintu….

    • Marian

      November 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      I second this motion. Don’t limit it to naija alone sha cuz you get readers everywhere.

  3. desireayo

    November 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hmmm..quite interesting ..but in my mind..i wanna experience it..:-)

  4. Geraldine Ogwe

    November 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Beautiful narrative. Dubai is such a lovely place to be.

  5. Shan

    November 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I live here. Get to enjoy all of this every day.

  6. Obi

    November 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Man see all the food you ate. I just sat here envying you and thinking about all that food (Im a huge foodie lol) You enjoyed yourself a lot. This got me wanting to go on a vacation to Dubai soon. Who has an idea of what a good 1 or 2 weeks trip to Dubai would cost. For me and a plus one including flight tickets to and fro. Thank you.

  7. Moyo

    November 9, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I agree with the motion proposed by Binta?Shalewa, the loyal readers too deserve to go on these trips sometimes.

  8. Mzphunby

    November 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I agree with single shalewa bitter bintu.. Including the ‘silent’ readers, those that are always on ur blog but hardly ever write comments.

  9. Iyun

    November 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    yes o @Mzphunby silent readers like me that are always here 24/7 but hardly comment..

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