Lavish Dubai & Abu Dhabi travel video! Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Arabian architecture.

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Are you ready for my travel team’s newest video? You’re in luck: our Dubai and Abu Dhabi episode is published on Business Insider, one of the world’s most-visited news sites!

In this 4-minute webisode, I visit the world’s tallest tower (Burj Khalifa), largest shopping center (Dubai Mall), highest-rated hotel (Burl al Arab), and more. There’s even a dressing room montage scene, featuring glittery dresses… you don’t want to miss this!

Watch our video above and here on Business Insider.

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We feel our story-telling is getting stronger each time, and want to thank you for supporting us over the years. Any share or comments on the article would be much appreciated.

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Super happy with the cinematography in this episode. Major props to my LA-based filmmakers, Melissa Rundle and Eric Bergemann.

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I’m glad to have them with me on my journeys to far-off places.

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I hope our blog posts and videos give you a taste of wanderlust, and that you’ll witness these Arabian marvels someday.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

In the second half of the video, we visit the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The white minarets reminded me of hard-boiled eggs or scoops of ice cream!

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Opened in 2007, the mosque is considered one of the most beautiful on the planet. Look at how the water reflects the graceful columns.

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Let me warn you, there’s a dress code… Clothing should be loose and fully cover the arms and legs. Women must wear a veil.

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I thought I dressed according to the rules — until filmmaker Eric pointed out that my long lace skirt was see-through! No need to fret: women and men go into separate lines at the entrance, and receive a long, flowing garment (abaya) to put over their clothes.

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The men wear white, and the women wear black robes with hoods.

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Gold and flowers everywhere. The mosaic courtyard is the biggest in the world.

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Indescribable, the way the light reflects the curves of the arches and minarets.

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Inside, the hall of worship glitters with stained glass and crystals.

chandelier inside Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

There are seven chandeliers, and the main one is one of the largest ever made. The prayer hall is air conditioned, so the space feels as airy as it looks.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The 99 names of Allah are written on the wall in Kufic calligraphy.

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Everyone takes off their shoes outside before stepping on the world’s largest carpet.

world's largest carpet, abu dhabi

Thank you to my filmmakers, Melissa and Eric, for their hard work in bringing these travel videos to life!

We hope you enjoy the latest episode about the United Arab Emirates. Please take a minute to watch and share.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque main prayer hall, columns, windows

Are you awed by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque? What were your favorite moments in the video?

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PS: the gorgeous hotels featured in the video are Fairmont Abu Dhabi and Fairmont Palm Jumeirah. We loved staying with them. Here are more photos of the interiors and me wearing a veil.


  1. MelissaR
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Love this! It definitely gives me a strong case of Wanderlust! And you look as gorgeous and as dreamy as ever!

  2. DM
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Eid Mubarak! Thank you so much for continuously sharing great news like this with us!

    Many Thanks

  3. Ira
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Have a nice holiday

  4. Kawaii Straw
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Now i wanna go there!!!

  5. meimei
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink


  6. crazywaffleking
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    That city looks awesome.

  7. claudia m
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    I really liked la carmina…!

  8. libra's girl
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    I liked the orange dress! ^^

  9. Devine First
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Good stuff carmina

  10. Kerix
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink


  11. Sandy
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    I live in dubai and have yet to try camel milk chocolate and ice cream, I tried the actual milk when I was young. You stayed at the palm how nice I’m surprise you got into the burj al arab, I went to have high tea there once but I was only allowed in there because my mom had a friend who use to work there. Come back to dubai soon

  12. Mary K
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    glorious journey , thank you for share . P.S hugs+kisses nee

  13. Laura
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink


  14. Nina
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    so pretty!

  15. Aimee
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh my lawd!!! It looks like a futurama expo Arab style! Gorgeous! I love that skirt:D I wish I had a quarter of your wardrobe soooo bad !

  16. Ary
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink


  17. Peter
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Adorabile LaCarmina

  18. Gardinia
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Love it looks like a painting

  19. san
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    gorgeous video

  20. natalie
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    love the video work you doing this year

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