Max Philippines Takes Off to Dubai: the 2017 Travel Incentive!


Max Philippines takes their travel incentive to the next level as 40 delegates traveled far from South East Asia to the Middle East in Dubai last October 25-28, 2017. Those who qualified for the Say Dubai! Travel Incentive with promotion period from January 1 to March 31, 2017 got to experience the 5-Star Nassima Royal Hotel for 4 days and 3 nights.

With more than 9 hours plane ride from Manila, Philippines, everyone could feel the anticipation of the Associates as they boarded the plane to Dubai. Even as they landed and reached the Nassima Royal Hotel past midnight, the energy of the Associates was still at a high level. They were excited and eagerly awaiting the next day to come to officially start their adventure in Dubai.

Associates upon arrival at the Dubai Airport

The first half of the day was spent touring the city of Dubai, the second largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates.  The tour drove through several famous tourist sites of Dubai, like the Za’abeel Palace, the residence of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed.

In front of the Za’abeel Palace, the residence of the Ruler of Dubai

A travel incentive trip would not be complete without shopping!  

The group got to experience shopping at the local markets of Dubai for souvenirs and other items.  To reach the Spice and Gold Souk (market), the group traveled by boat enjoying the view of Dubai’s dry docks.

 Dazzling golds and exotic spices awaited them:


Dubai does not hold back on its display!

It was raining Dates as the stores offer free tasting.

The highlight of the Day 2 tour was the Desert Safari Adventure.  Riding the 4×4 Land Cruisers, everyone got to experience the thrill of going over the topmost sand dunes and gliding down like a roller coaster.

The delegates had the chance to appreciate the vast desert and watch the beautiful sunset hide behind the horizon marking the end of the day. Afterwards, they spent the night at the Bedouin Camp in the middle of the desert where they participated in various activities like camel riding, sand boarding, and getting henna paintings on their hand. Working up an appetite, the group got to partake in an authentic Arabic BBQ dinner and experience the famous Arabic water pipe, shisha. While these were happening, they were also entertained by performances from belly dancers and fire dancers to the beat of Arabic music under the beautiful night-lights of the sky.

Getting ready for the Desert Safari Tour

The Bedouin Camp held dinner with a stage in the middle for entertainments.

Enjoying dinner at the Bedouin Camp

A beautiful Belly Dancer attracted everyone’s attention as she took the stage.

The Fire Dancer wows the crowd as he masterfully does tricks with flames.

A tour around the wonderful city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates was next on the itinerary for the group’s third day in Dubai. Along the way, they didn’t miss the chance to have a photo-op in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab, acknowledged as the only 7-star hotel in the world. They went on to visit the Ferrari World, the world’s first Ferrari Theme Park at Yas Island for the first half of the day. They got to enjoy all of its wonderful and exciting attractions like the Flying Aces, the world’s highest roller coaster loop and the Turbo Track that will let one experience a breathtaking zero gravity fall. Galleria Ferrari and Made in Maranello attractions showcased the different Ferrari cars and how they were made through the years. A beautiful scenery awaited the group as they visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, also known as The White Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE and the resting place of the first President of UAE and its namesake, Sheikh Zayed. Following strict guidelines, the females had to wear long skirts and long sleeved blouses with a shawl covering their heads.

Acknowledged as the only 7-star hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab

Another group photo-op at the Ferrari World entrance

Touring around the many beautiful expensive Ferrari cars

Inside the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque.

The beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at night

The group didn’t miss the chance of having their photo taken at one of the famous landmarks in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa.  This is the world’s tallest building

Tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa

Congratulations to all qualifiers of this year’s travel incentive to Dubai! Be sure to anticipate next year’s travel incentive and we hope to see you in Japan!


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