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Discover Nigeria: Jabi, Abuja

Nothing beats a day at the Jabi Lake. A major tourist attraction in Abuja for visitors from around the country, the lake offers an inexpensive, fun day for the family, a great place to hang out with a lover or friends and someplace to go by yourself, enjoy the sun and read a good book. Encircled by a sea of water and gorgeous scenery, it offers the closest to beach experience within the city.  Spectacular opportunities include:

Visiting the Jabi Lake Mall
The Jabi Lake mall is the most recent addition to the Jabi Lake environs. Situated on 5 hectares of land on the eastern shore of the Jabi Lake, ten minutes away from the Abuja Central Business District, and flanked by Shehu Yar’Adua expressway and the Jabi and Utako districts, overlooking Jabi Lake, the spot attracts a large number of visitors per day. While visiting Jabi Lake, stroll into the magnificent mall and feed your eyes to a feast of products available in stores all located within the mall. Have fun checking out the fashion trends and latest brands…and if you have some money to spare, you can make a purchase or two.

Dance competitions
Dance competitions are common. If you are not able to register and secure a chance at any of the dance competition, kick up your adventure genes and crash in on one of the competition and give yourself a chance to compete with skilled dancers, and for a prize too.

Taking boat rides
Jabi Lake offers speed boat rides, canoe rides as well as other water sports. Shake off aquaphobia and go on a speedboat ride. Usually, you can go on a ride with an expert who charges a token or you can drive the boat on your own. The canoe rides are slower but as much fun as well. In a city where there is a dearth of seasides, an opportunity that offers sea breeze and adrenalin pumping speed on water is quite exhilarating.

Picnic at the park
Abuja’s Jabi Park is a cool garden beside the Jabi Lake; a beautiful spot for relaxation and picnic. You can come along with snacks or opt to shop at malls around.

Ride a horse
Have fun galloping at the park. The horses are well groomed with guides to escort picnickers round.

Importantly, do not forget to take pictures!


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