Surprising AfrozonsDXB experience for mom and son


“Pack your bags, you are going to Dubai”, these were the words Magala Ryan ,from Uganda, heard from his favourite radio host on 97FM Radiocity as he listened in via his earpiece on the other end.

Words that literally changed his life and made his dream come true. This dream and happiness he gets to share with his mom, Esther.

Ryan and Esther came to Dubai for the AfrozonDXB soundoff for six days. As a winner from Uganda, he got an all-expense paid trip, hotel, expo tickets, flight tickets and a lot more for himself and his mom; fully sponsored for by The Dubai Tourism and its partners Afrozons and Rivexcel.

How it all began…

Ryan is among winners from Africa who converged in Dubai for the Afrobeat Safari Party on the Desert. Speaking to our reporters from Ghana, Ryan expressed his appreciation to the organisers for their good communication, professionalism and detailed planning in making sure the experience was a beautiful one for himself and his mom, Esther.

He remembers constantly going on to the Afrozons website to research on the Soundoff and to listen to his favorite radio station while working. “It makes it easy to listen in and work at the same time with my earpiece”, he said.

“I heard the beep which signalled the activation was about to start on radio, so I immediately called into the radio show; I was waiting in line because someone was already on air ahead of me, but the person got the answer to the question posed to him wrongly, this gave me a chance to answer the next question and voilà! I got it right,” he recounted.

His eyes lit up as he narrated how he landed his free ticket to Dubai. His win required him to come with another person and guess who he chose! His mom, Esther. “I am in Dubai now for the first time and I get to enjoy this experience with my mom”.

He further stated that his mom was even more shocked, and wondered whether this was even true – because to her, it sounded too good to be true that one wins a ticket to Dubai on a radio show. After being told he won a ticket, Ryan kept calling the radio station and they assured him that everything was fine and that he should prepare and that of his mom for the trip.

Journey so far…

Both mother and son could not hide their excitement as they enjoyed all benefits promised them in Dubai – including the Expo visit, meeting other colleagues and friends to network, the safari party, the various tour packages etc. It was also an opportunity to bond as a family.

Asked whether he wants to do this again next year, he screamed: “yes” a 100 times and over. Remember, Dubai is the place to be for family, singles and couples who want to tour and bond. It’s the place that accommodates every budget and everyone good and youthful at heart. It is safe and secure with thousands of sites and restaurants to visit. Be assured that Dubai caters for everyone either for business or pleasure .

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