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Abu Dhabi Travels! Veiled fashion & Arabian makeup at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel.

middle eastern veil, headscarf

Whenever I travel, I love to get into the spirit of the destination and have it influence my looks. In Abu Dhabi, this was my outfit of the day.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, abu dhabi best hotel

My film crew and I were amazed by the “Austin Powers in Arabia” decor of our host hotel, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. (The Fairmont also hosted us in Dubai.)

arabian gothic lolitas, veils

Photos by my talented filmmaker Melissa Rundle.

grand mosque abu dhabi, hotel

Outside, the pool and beaches stretch out towards the famous white mosque.

fairmont hotel abu dhabi lobby, architecture

The lobby offers Middle Eastern tea to weary travelers…

Sheikh mohammmed, ruling family uae, al maktoum portraits

… and has portraits of the sheikhs that rule the United Arab Emirates.

arabian hookah, shisah, pipes

In the basement, you can smoke shisha (or hookah). We had a fabulous meal at the award-winning Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar — I’m still thinking of the eggplant parmigiana and chocolate lava cake.

fairmont abu dhabi room, mirror

My room’s decor continues the mod theme with a circular light-up mirror. What a nice welcome: a plate of chocolate and fruit.

hijab fashion bloggers, headscarves style

We had rooms on the Fairmont Gold floor, which included a number of perks such as a lounge and open bar. (In the spirit of gonzo journalism, I drank fresh grapefruit juice with gin.)

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Silhouette and my view from the bedroom window. Later, I’ll take you inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

arabian beauty, middle eastern makeup

Abu Dhabi’s a cultured, classical destination in contrast to the high-tech bustle of Dubai. The cities are only a 1.5 hour drive apart, so we recommend that you visit both.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque view, scenery

The mosque is the most famous attraction, and one that you must experience for yourself.

middle eastern fashion, modeling

Coming up: video footage of my Arab adventures in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

arabian makeup, dubai fashion bloggers

What do you think of my Middle Eastern-inspired makeup and coordinate? Have you ever wanted to visit this part of the world?

PS: I’m currently in Budapest and heading to Belgrade and Zagreb! Follow along my travel adventures on LaCarmina Instagram.

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28 Comments

  1. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Love these pics! You look gorgeous in green <3

    • Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      the hair is next to go green!!

  2. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Oh my goshness 0.0

  3. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    beautiful :)

  4. Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    awww shiiiiiiiiiiit! La Carmina lookin like a hot arab!! woot woot!! hehehe

  5. Posted August 10, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    oh!

  6. Posted August 10, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    ^_^

  7. Posted August 10, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Amazing!

  8. Posted August 10, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    love!love!love!

  9. Posted August 10, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    ♥ ♥

  10. Posted August 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    wow oh wow!

  11. Posted August 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    You always go to the greatest places when you travel! ^w^

  12. Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    very nice great style

  13. Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    If you want to be really goth, burqas are the way to go! Everything goth is born from repressed desires. I mean, *what* existence could possibly be darker than that of women being forced to be covered up head to toe by an oppressive religious regime? I know I sound crass, but we’re only talking fashion here. I’ve made a few burqas myself (including a reversible disco burqa I made that’s black on the outside, but covered in sequins when you lift up the veil. I like to wear it on the Playa – the full face veil is very handy in dust storms!)

    • Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      it’s so fascinating

  14. Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Scheherazade – 1001 Night :0)

  15. Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Yes please;)

  16. Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    you should do a makeup tutorial for those amazing eyes and brows

  17. Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Keep working with Fashion mixed art mixed architecture from Journey to Journey. Make it all come together. you and the visuals. This is Beautiful.

  18. Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I really think those are some of the best photos you have taken. You might be on the verge of expanding beyond the GOTHIC and going into a very international Fashion statement. Excellent. Keep traveling.

  19. Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    you have to go to Mexico

  20. Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Hey there! purrs

  21. Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    ^^

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