Golden Tulip Festac lifts Xmas experience with 1001 Arabian Nights

Posted: December 21, 2012 in travel & tourism

golden tulipIn a bid to adequately reposition and become the arts and culture hub of the state and by extension lift the festive season for Nigerians, the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac, Lagos, has concluded plans to host the first-ever meeting of Arabian and African cultural fiesta, in an event tagged; 1001 Arabia Arabian Nights with Nigerian Culture.

Featuring top notch entertainers from Egypt performing alongside some of the best in the country, the event slated for two nights, Friday, December 28 and Sunday, December 30, is lined up to add thrill for the Christmas and New year celebrations, according to the hotel, which was formerly known as the Festac ’77 Hotel.

Briefing newsmen ahead of the event at the hotel’s premises, General Manager, Mr. Shousha Mohsen, in company of the hotel’s management staff, said the event draws on the strength of the cultures of both regions of the continent to showcase holiday entertainment and also change the seeming negative perception that the Festac area of Lagos had endured over time.

In what he termed, a trend changing event, Mohsen said the 1001 Arabian Nights event plans to leverage on culture and arts to reposition the hotel, as he further revealed that the forthcoming event for the Christmas and New Year holidays signalled more of such aimed in that direction in coming months.

Acts like Tanoura, the Egyptian belly dancer, folklore dancers also from Egypt, will perform alongside Nigerian culture exponent Muma Gee, GT, and others in what he termed the first of its kind by any hospitality establishment in the country.

“The unforgettable nights are seen as a confluence of cultures as every single detail from food to settings will reflect Arabian, African and Indian cultures,” said Mohsen, adding: “With 471 rooms, the idea is to maximize Golden Tulip Festac’s position as the cultural hub of the state knowing that the hotel itself was built as a celebration of Festac. So we said to ourselves, let’s use music and art of Nigeria and Egypt together to begin this repositioning.”

“This area has suffered a lot in terms of bad and negative perception and publicity and we are using the music of the two cultures to change all that. It’s time to change all that with this event,” said the Egyptian-born hotelier.

“Our plan is to be the centre of arts and culture in the state. This is our strategy for the coming year. And we will begin by hosting a major music event every two months. But it is not just music as there also other genres ofart. When you come into this hotel you see art and crafts at strategic corners, these are owned by their creators and we do not charge them any money. We encourage free display and showcase of crafts and artworks here at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac

On his part, Marketing and Sales Manager of the hotel, Mr Emmanuel Ele, said the planned event represented the first of its kind in the country in any hotel as the Golden Tulip features Egyptian traditional music and dance performers on the same stage with some Nigerian acts.

The concept of a 1001 nights, according to Mohsen, is taking from the Arabian folklore as the story surrounding the ‘ nights’ is the initial frame story of the king and his wife and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

“Guests will be able to experience evenings of genuine Arabian nights where they will be part of an Arabian fairytale, through delicacies offered from the Middle east at the buffet as well an oriental show from Egypt with a belly dancer named Tanoura and much more,” Mohsen stressed.

In addition to the Arabian entertainment, the hotels has also lined up a raffle draw which will see winners take home prizes such return tickets to Paris, Amsterdam, London, Dubai, and Weekend Vouchers for 2 at Golden Tulip establishments in Accra, Kumasi, Festac, including Dinner, Lunch at the hotel.

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