Emirates First Officer, Khalid Binsultan, surrounded by Arab Idol contestants in front of the Emirates A380 Experience in the Dubai Mall
Emirates, a global connector of people and places, recently hosted the final 26 contestants of Arab Idol on a once in a lifetime VIP trip to Dubai.
Flying them to Dubai from their hometowns which are spread all over the Middle East and North Africa, Emirates gave many of the Arab Idol finalists the opportunity to visit the cosmopolitan city for the first time.
Many exciting and unique excursions were planned, including a stop at the Emirates Official Store, which carries the airline’s full range of merchandise; as well as a special visit to the Emirates A380 Experience - both located at The Village in Dubai Mall. The contestants then took the simulator for a fly-past over Paris’ historic sites, the canals of Amsterdam, and Hong Kong’s unmistakable cityscape.
From planes to boats – the trip also included a private Dhow Cruise along bustling the Dubai Creek, organised by Arabian Adventures, the region’s leading Destination Management Company.
After 5 whirlwind days in Dubai, the contestants then had to make their way back to Beirut, host city of the Arab Idol show for the start of the live programme segments.
Whisked to the airport by Emirates chauffeur drive service, and escorted through the airport by marhaba services, the contestants enjoyed a smooth journey to Beirut on EK953, buoyed by the camaraderie of the trip and brimming with inspiration from their Dubai experience .