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Nothing Beats Fun, Music And Good People Around You In Dubai

I just had a great time with Ebonylife TV crew on their One year anniversary in Calabar quite revealing I must say. On getting to Lagos the next day, I received a mail from Arik Air inviting me to be a part of the official launch of their route to Dubai.  I was honored and excited at the same time I knew it was going to be fun because I had once visited Dubai the previous year. So I was looking forward to this trip.

 

 

I had to prepare for the trip and organize my team in Lagos to ensure smooth running of business.

 

On Monday July 28th, 2014 was the official launch of Arik Air‘s new route to Dubai. I met other passengers at the airport  who were on the queue to check-in and they were excited about the new development from the company.

 

I was not expecting a long queue but the turn out was quite impressive. I said ‘Ok!!! I am ready for this trip’.

 

 

 

LEAVING LASGIDI

Before the Arik Air Dubai flight, there was a short ceremony at Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, to celebrate the new route from Lagos, Abuja to Dubai.

The flight took off at 10.45pm, Lagos, Nigeria time. We were all on board with the Managing Director/ EVP Chris Ndulue ,  members of the press and other passengers in a full flight (A  330-200). We arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja at exactly (55 minutes later) to pick up some other passengers who awaited the Dubai Arik Air flight.

 

ARIK AIR STAND AT MURITALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAGOS

ARIK AIR STAND AT MURITALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAGOS

 

 

ARIK AIR STAND AT MURITALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAGOS

ARIK AIR STAND AT MURITALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAGOS

 

 

 Dr. Michael Arumemi Ikhide addressing the audience at the flag off of the first flight Lagos - Abuja - Dubai route.

Dr. Michael Arumemi Ikhide addressing the audience at the flag off of the first flight Lagos – Abuja – Dubai route.

 

 

Dr Michael Arumemi – Ikhide

MRS SALLY MBANEFO

Mrs Sally Mbanefo

 

More pictures from the inaugural launch at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

 

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Mrs Sally Mbanefo DG NTDC  and Dr. Michael Arumemi - Ikhide

Mrs Sally Mbanefo DG NTDC and Dr. Michael Arumemi – Ikhide

 

 

 

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Toast to ARIK AIR  first flight to #Dubai

Toast to ARIK AIR first flight to #Dubai

 

 

Selfie before take-off ( O necessary )

With Bunmi and Beatrice

With Bunmi and Beatrice

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The Dubai flight which was scheduled for departure, took off at exactly thirty minutes after, there on,  I met amazing people on board, including Patrick, David, Jill, Cheryl, Jane, Lizzy, Uwa, Adewale, Beatrice, Joshua, Laide, Olubunmi, Mr Ola Banji, Mr Nnamdi, Mr Tope Olowojoba, Captain Ade aka Jolly papa, Female co-pilot Annu and Co-pilot Idriss . It was smooth one as we chatted about work, life, travel and what to expect at Dubai.

 

 

 

THE CABIN CREW

THE CABIN CREW

 

 

 

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All passengers on board from Lagos – Abuja to Dubai received souvenirs from Arik Air for the inaugural launch of the new flight route to Dubai.

 

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David With Captain Adetokunbo

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Selfie with Cabin crew

 

 

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ON ARRIVAL IN DUBAI

About few minutes to landing, the pilot announced that we should keep to safety flight precautions. When the plane touched down Dubai soil, there was a “watery” reception; as water cannons were used to splash the plane to welcome our arrival, we all clapped, because it was a successful flight.

 

 

The Dubai press and airport officials welcomed us, with pictures and interviews; we were all excited on what to expect!

 

 

Officials at Dubai Airport welcoming the Pilot Captain Ade and MD Chris Ndulue at Dubai International Airport

Officials at Dubai Airport welcoming the Chief Pilot Captain Adetokunbo Adekunbo and MD Chris Ndulue at Dubai International Airport

Time for a group photograph with the Pilot, Cabin crew and Co Pilots

Time for a group photograph with the Pilot, Cabin crew and Co Pilots



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We later settled in our five star hotel rooms, and later went for lunch at the Spice Island Restaurant; with a very ambience. We all set out for the desert safari immediately after lunch. The tour guide, Alibaba of Dadabhai Travel came to take us in a luxurious bus and we all set out. See what we did below;

 

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L- R; ALIDE, BUKKY, JOSHUA, CHINEDU, BANJI, BUKKY

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GIRL POWER

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Everybody now joined

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We were trying to make a movie cover

 

CAMEL RIDE TIME

 

 

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With Beatrice

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Hope this won’t be a bumpy ride

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And I was like ‘when will you stand up?’

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So it finally gets up..



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I had ‘Camelphobia’ whatever that means..

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So after a fun long day at the desert safari, we all retired to our various hotel rooms.

The next morning, we left our hotel rooms at 10am (Dubai time) for the city tour, we visited the Dubai creek, Dubai museum, Jumeira, Bhuj arab, and Atlantis; it was insightful, and we learnt Dubai history, their lifestyle and how Dubai has really transformed from a desert to a city.

 

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Later at night, we went for the Dowe cruise organised by the Rainbow Tour, with other tourists on board. The Dj on board played some very interesting Indian songs and surprisingly, he switched his turntables and jammed some Nigerian hit songs including ‘ skelewu’ by DavidO and Mavin Crew’ ‘Dorobucci’; we never ‘esperredit’, we all danced the night away till he finally switched to their kind of music, *in my sonorous voice, aaaaaaaaaaaa*.

 

Nothing beats fun, music and good people around you in Dubai.

 

ON OUR WAY BACK TO LASGIDI

We got to the airport 3 hours before our flight back to Lagos. And again, we took a selfie. Check us out

 

 

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I met Dejavu and I had a big crush on him. Well, Beatrice, Bunmi and Laide didn’t know cos I kept it to myself. I mean, I could not hold it anymore and I started expressing myself. Well, with his cute smile and nice set of teeth I couldn’t resist it [ swallows saliva] and we had a conversation. They made it happen tho’ cos I would not approach him. I felt it was fine if I admire him from afar than for me to have a close up conversation but the ‘ na only you waka come people’ made it happen. Dejavu and I got talking.

 

 

 

CHERYL WITH DAVID

CHERYL WITH DAVID

CHERLY WITH FEMALE PILOT ANNU

CHERLY WITH FEMALE PILOT ANNU

CO PILOT IDRISS

CO-PILOT IDRISS

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I was trying to get his attention here for a picture

 

 

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And we took a picture..

 

 

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Now it was more than a picture.. Thumbs up!!!!

 

 

 

Back to work mode, we all boarded the aircraft. Although, we did not want to leave *sad face*, it was tremendously fun, you should use Arik Air sometime or on vacation to Dubai. Don’t say I didn’t tell you ooo.

 

 

 

Arik Air flies Dubai five times a week i.e Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The prices are very affordable and you can book your order online via http://www.arikair.com and you can also download the app on IOS, BBM, and ANDROID (ARIK AIR).

 

 

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