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Canada How a 27-year-old DJ from Dubai ended up winning Nova Scotia island

15:10  17 november  2019
15:10  17 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Dubai DJ wins private island in Canada. By: staff reporter Published Date: October 17, 2019. Brendan Lopez (centre) receives his prize in the Win a Private Island Brenden Lopes is now the owner of a 2.42-hectare island in Nova Scotia after winning the Win a Private Island competition by Emirates

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a group of people posing for the camera: Brendan Lopes, third from left, is a Portuguese national of Indian origin who grew up in the United Arab Emirates. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Brendan Lopes, third from left, is a Portuguese national of Indian origin who grew up in the United Arab Emirates. Brendan Lopes has never been to Nova Scotia, or Canada for that matter.

But he's now the proud owner of a private island off the coast of the province's Eastern Shore thanks to a few lucky dice rolls.

The 27-year-old Lopes, a Portuguese national of Indian origin who grew up in the cultural melting pot of Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  holds down two jobs.

He makes video content for businesses by day. At night, he is a DJ at clubs and private parties.

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But not for 27 - year - old Dubai DJ , Brendan Lopez who just won a private island ! The win of a lifetime. Not only does Lopez walk away with an island of his own, his name is also on a cheque to the Imagine winning an island … But how would you go about just leaving your everyday life and

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He has friends who love to visit Canada and he knows basic geography. But he admits he isn't quite sure what the country has in store for him.

"[Another thing] I hear about Canada is like all of you guys say sorry a lot," he said. "But obviously other than the stereotypes, I have no idea in the world about what Canada is, man. I have no idea."

The 2.4-hectare island Lopes now owns is about a three-hour drive from Halifax, off the coast from Goldboro, Guysborough County. It's called Hollpoint Island or Hurricane Island and other than trees, rocks and sand, there's not much else there. 

It all started on April Fools' Day. Lopes's bank, UAE-based Liv. Bank, announced a contest to win a private island in Canada.

He thought it was a joke, until a few weeks later when he was chosen as a contestant.

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In the end, it came down to Lopes and 18 others who got up on stage Oct. 14 at Caesars Palace in Dubai and rolled a die — labelled with -2, -1, 0, 1 and 2 — trying to be the first to get to six. 

"And I'm probably the only one over there who was the most underdressed of anyone.… It's like literally me ... not shaved, hair unkempt," he said.

"And I just went down there like, you know, maybe the food is going to be decent," said Lopes.

But his girlfriend and father believed he could win. 

a body of water: The 2.4-hectare island, known as Hurricane Island or Hollpoint Island, is about a three-hour drive from Halifax, off the coast from Goldboro, Guysborough County. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation The 2.4-hectare island, known as Hurricane Island or Hollpoint Island, is about a three-hour drive from Halifax, off the coast from Goldboro, Guysborough County.

After some nail-biting rolls, Lopes was in a position to take the final prize. All he needed to do was roll a two to get to the winning number.

"And I could actually see this happening in slow motion. Like, you throw the die and it hits the edge and it slowly goes down and it goes like zero, minus two, plus two. And I'm like what just happened?"

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Stunned after the win, the MC of the game approached him. 

"And he's like, 'Brendan, man, people like Richard Branson have islands, you know, like millionaires have islands and now you're one of them. What do you have to say?'

Lopes, wearing a prop life-jacket along with the rest of the contestants, said the only thing that came to mind: "I'm thinking about the way to get a boat to get to the island."

Why Canada? 

Jayesh Patel is head of Liv. Bank. It's target market is millennials.

He said the bank surveyed customers to find out what kind of prizes might interest them. 

"Canada comes up always as the top three destinations for customers," he said.

"And it's a place that has islands which we could give away."

Patel said Hurricane Island was particularly appealing because gold was discovered east of nearby Goldboro in the mid-1800s.

"We liked some of the facts associated with it because we also wanted it to be a story around the island itself."

Last year, the bank gave away a Tesla. 

In addition to the island, Lopes also gets a cash prize of 100,000 UAE diram, which is about $36,000 CDN.

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Lopez is waiting for the excitement to subside but said he's considering using the prize money to start a shop in Dubai that serves biryani, an Indian mixed rice dish. 

a close up of a map: Hurricane or Hollpoint Island is about a three-hour drive from Halifax. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Hurricane or Hollpoint Island is about a three-hour drive from Halifax.

He said there's still a lot of paperwork to complete to take possession of an island in a country he's never visited but he's looking forward to making the 20-plus hour flight in the near future. 

"I mean I have an island now, so I definitely want to see it," he said.

Though, Lopes added, he's not thrilled at the prospect of paying property taxes, which don't really exist in United Arab Emirates.

According to the real estate site viewpoint.ca, the 2019 tax assessment for the island is $21,200 and taxed at an annual rate of $129. 

Patel said Liv. Bank bought the island through a Germany-based private island real estate company for about $50,000 CDN.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Lopes, wearing the orange life-jacket, holds down two jobs. He makes video content for businesses by day and is a DJ at clubs and private parties by night. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Lopes, wearing the orange life-jacket, holds down two jobs. He makes video content for businesses by day and is a DJ at clubs and private parties by night.

Lopes said he's been overwhelmed by the response from friends, the media and people he barely knows. 

"But the headlines around Dubai are 'Indian Portuguese DJ who still lives with parents doesn't know what to do with island'. I'm like, you guys, you guys are really killing me over this," said Lopes.

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