Actress and producer, Regina Chukwu, speaks to JOY MARCUS about her fun trip to Dubai
Do you enjoy travelling
Yes. I travel at least once in a year.
What country did you have your most memorable travel experience?
I had a great time in Dubai when I went on vacation.
How was your in-flight experience?
My in-flight experience was nice and calm. I remember sleeping through most of the trip.
When did you go to Dubai?
I have been to Dubai about three times. The first time I travelled there was for vacation and the second time was to shoot my movie, Yeye Oge. I also travelled for another vacation sometime in 2016.
What was the highlight of your trip?
I enjoyed the city view; the beauty of that country is something I couldn’t get enough of.
Did you travel alone or with a group?
The first and third time I travelled, I went alone because I was on vacation. However, the second time I travelled, I was with some cast and crew of the movie I went to shoot.
What were some of the things that fascinated you when you arrived in Dubai?
Dubai is a beautiful city, and its citizens are wonderful too. They are well organised and everything seems to be in order there.
How would you describe the culture of the people and what were the things that stood them out?
I don’t really know much about their culture but I know it’s a Muslim country and they take their religion very seriously. I also noticed that they don’t easily mix with foreigners, especially black people.
What are some of the foods that tickled your taste buds while you were there?
Whenever I travel out of Nigeria, I try my best to eat only the food I know. I am not adventurous when it comes to food. I am very careful of what goes into my mouth.
How receptive were the people towards you?
I don’t think they like foreigners, neither do I think they like Nigerians.
What were some of the tourist sites and attractions that you visited during your stay?
I had a great time in the country and went to a lot of places too. I visited Burj Khalifa and the Sahara desert. I also went for a boat cruise, and an amusement park.
Were there downsides to your trip?
Yes, there were downsides to my trip. Things are too expensive over there – from hotels to general shopping. Honestly, it is expensive to survive in that city.
How would you rate the film industry in Dubai, compared to Nollywood?
I don’t think they have a film industry.
Which other place would you like to visit?
I would really love to visit London. I am sure a trip there will be very interesting and unforgettable.
Did you buy any artefact during your trip?
No, I didn’t.
In terms of security of lives and property, how would you compare the country to Nigeria?
Dubai is a very safe country. They value the lives and property of their citizens. I just wish Nigeria is half as good as Dubai.
While you were on your trip, did anything remind you about home?
Nothing! Dubai is everything that Nigeria is not.
How was the weather during your trip?
The weather was hot.
Was there anything you saw there that you would like to see replicated in Nigeria?
I wish Nigeria can turn into Dubai overnight because everything over there is almost perfect.
What travelling advice can you offer prospective travellers?
If you want to travel anywhere, be it within the country or outside, make sure you have enough money. Also, if you are travelling abroad, make sure your documents are correct and you are travelling through the legal means.