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Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE

by chicisnatural
Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been gone for a little while, but it was for a good reason- I just got back from a trip to the United Arab Emirates. A group of us went over to the Middle Eastern country for my friend’s birthday and boy oh boy was it an experience! Our first stop was Dubai and while there of course we had to see the main attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building), the Dubai Mall, and took a ride around the beautiful marina where we saw The Palms and the residences of the Royal Family.



view of Dubai from the Burj Khalifa observation deck

The Old Gold Souk is a great place to go for spices, souvenirs, clothing and gold, of course. One tip- never pay the initial price given. I knew going in that you have to haggle and know your exchange rates to get the best/fair price, and it was quite fun going back and forth with the shopkeepers.



The highlight of this trip for me had to be the Desert Safari. It was so action packed and was the perfect excursion for people into adventure and wanting to get a full middle eastern experience. The safari package included dune bashing (such an adrenaline rush!), sand skiing, henna, camel rides, shisha, live entertainment and dinner. I wasn’t expecting the food to be so delicious but it was great with an abundance of vegetarian options. If you come to Dubai the safari is a must for tons of fun in the desert.




After spending a few days in Dubai, we packed it up and took a 90 minute ride over to Abu Dhabi where we spent the remainder of our stay. One place I went to that I would definitely recommend seeing in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. In one of the most visited landmarks in the UAE, visitors get to tour the Islamic place of worship and learn about its practices. The mosque was absolutely breathtaking with its intricate architecture and really gives you a sense of tranquility and peace- it was an overall wonderful experience.




Another gem of Abu Dhabi is Emirates Palace. I was excited to see the 7 star hotel for myself as I had heard about how glitzy and regal it is with its much talked about food items topped with gold flakes. Once inside, it really does feel like you’re in a palace. The decor and feel is very over-the-top and grand, dripping in luxury (there is an ATM machine inside that dispenses gold bars for Pete’s sake). We sat out in the charming cafe area and had some of their sweet treats and then had lunch at its Le Vendome international buffet. The selection was out-of-this-world incredible and the food was amazing. The experience was well worth it with exceptional service and a terrace overlooking the marina. Come here if you want to feel like royalty.



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elizabeth okpo April 8, 2017 - 1:18 pm

take me with you next time

Kiki Carr March 3, 2016 - 9:11 pm

Damn that place is beautiful

londya August 17, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Wow looks so nice. My BFF was saying she wanted us to visit this place for vacation soon. I think I might just take her up on it. BTW, you look so beautiful natural (no makeup). You should consider doing more YT videos that way! You also look pretty with makeup on too. 🙂

Jungle Naps July 6, 2015 - 7:36 pm

I just put the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on my bucket list. It looks like you had a blast Kim!

LaToya Shavers June 15, 2015 - 1:42 am

OMG! I love the desert safari excursion in Dubai…like you said the food, shisha and live entertainment was awesome…not to mention the wine but the bugs over there…had a sista freaked out lol

Appollonia Hatch June 10, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Seems like you had a great time in the middle east. Love all your blogs and youtube channel. Keep up the great work

Tah June 10, 2015 - 2:10 am

We need the deets on that white and blue jumpsuit! Pictures are gorgeous!

chicisnatural June 10, 2015 - 2:48 am

It’s from ASOS, but sold out 🙁

Lily June 9, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Kim theses are some beautiful shots! Glad you enjoyed your trip; the desert safari looks like so much fun not to mention the 7-star hotel. Didn’t even know that was a thing! Thanks for sharing

stevie June 9, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Beautiful pictures, Dubai is now a official place I have to visit one day! Fashion on Fleek as usual lol! (I said fleek, never used it before) thanks for sharing looks like you had a wonderful time!

Teann Johnson June 7, 2015 - 11:01 pm

Dubai looks amazing Kim!!!!! I see you enjoyed yourself, outfits look great!!!!

Sheila June 2, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Wow, how beautiful! Thanks for photos. Love the the narrative and glad you got to experience it. Stay blessed.

Island Gal May 29, 2015 - 11:10 am

Looks like you definitely had a blast; hope I get to visit Dubai soon myself. Outfits wise I love the blue and white jumpsuit, nice!

RK May 28, 2015 - 1:15 pm

I just came across your blog and I absolutely love it!
So glad to see that you’ve visited my hometown, Dubai, and liked it. It’s also wonderful that you got to experience the mosque, I was delighted to read your thoughts.

Ariane May 27, 2015 - 6:45 am

Amazing pictures! I would love to go to Dubai one day!

Eileen May 27, 2015 - 6:32 am

You look great as usual. I want to go over there. I just got to find someone to go with me.

Citrine May 26, 2015 - 6:42 am

This lady Miss Kim is doing big things! Love the fact that she remains down to earth & not big headed. An inspiration to me for sure! Thank you for sharing your gifts, passions and lovely personality with the rest of us.

Star May 25, 2015 - 6:08 am

looks like so much fun!!

Crystal May 22, 2015 - 5:28 pm

I was so excited to learn that you just got back from Dubai. I’m traveling there this October w/ my love and a few friends. I can’t wait to experience it! I know it will be an amazing trip just like yours. Your pictures are dope and your outfits are fab as always! I love your attire at the Mosque. Did you purchase that here or there?

chicisnatural May 22, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Thanks! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. The Mosque loans abayas to wear during the visit for free.

Kendra May 22, 2015 - 9:49 am

My friend just came back from there and had great time as well, your pics are really nice.

MeShar D. Hall May 22, 2015 - 4:36 am

Beautiful photos. Looked like an amazing trip.

Raina May 22, 2015 - 12:44 am

Kim!! I’m so glad you had a good time! Your pictures are breathtaking! I’m so putting this on my list of places to visit!

soheila May 21, 2015 - 9:57 pm

Hi Kim, did you get a camelccino or camel chocolate while you were in Dubai? I hear it’s delicious!

chicisnatural May 21, 2015 - 10:16 pm

Heard all about it, but no I try not to ingest animals or their byproducts 🙂

Casjmier May 21, 2015 - 9:24 pm

I’m so jealous! You always be traveling but never invite me… lol but it’s kl! But it looked very nice and a fun trip!!

Christy May 21, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Omg im sooo jealous lol you are an awesome chick everything about you is cool but im glad you enjoyed yourself ☺

taria May 21, 2015 - 9:03 pm

I know it’s not Iraq, but did u have to research what wear? Did anyone view you funny for showing arms??

chicisnatural May 21, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Yep, I definitely did research on proper attire. I made sure to cover my arms and actually only took off my top/covering for the pics or whenever I was in my hotel…basically when out in public I was covered to my elbows and knees 🙂

Denise May 21, 2015 - 8:58 pm

So happy to hear about your trip! One question though: how did you afford such an extravagant trip? Are you rich? I guess that’s two questions. LOL! Always happy for you and PRAY GOD’S blessings on you always!

Mika May 21, 2015 - 8:57 pm

That looks like fun!!

Antoinette May 21, 2015 - 8:15 pm

Omg!!! I want to go there…reminds me of Sex and the City. So happy you had a marvelous time.

Tiawansa May 21, 2015 - 7:34 pm

Wow..awesome experience did you get any gold bars from the atmosphere or 22 kt gold jewelry, if so how good of a deal did you get. Please make a yt vid and show us what you brought back and tell us more about your experience

Sherrie May 21, 2015 - 7:31 pm

….(It brings back memories – when I visited Hyderabad, India)…this is such a beautiful place and you captured stellar pics! Glad to have you back and that you CLEARLY enjoyed your stay!!!

Gigi May 21, 2015 - 7:23 pm

I agree with everyone, your pictures are incredible and it sounds like you had a well rounded trip. Some people don’t absorb the real feel of a country when they visit but it seems like you did just that. Gold bars from an ATM….amazing.

DenayTheDiva May 21, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Such lovely photos! Friends of mine went to a lot of the places you’ve shared and I cannot wait to go; the last time my husband was deployed and I didn’t wanna be a third wheel! LOL thanks for sharing your world with us! XOXO

Sikethia Robinson May 21, 2015 - 7:06 pm

You captured such beautiful pictures!!! Dubai is one of my dream places to visit!! Everything looked amazing!! And your outfits were bomb as usual lol! Thanks for sharing!

Tissa May 21, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Im happy that you enjoy your trip.