Celebrity What Happens When Nicole Richie Goes to Dubai? Camels, Caravans and Stylish Selfies The fashionista takes her first trip to the Middle East to celebrate her House of Harlow 1960 line – and shares photos with PEOPLE By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 4, 2015 05:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 14 PICTURE PERFECT Courtesy Nicole Richie Nicole Richie touches down in the Middle East for last weekend's Dubai Shopping Festival. First order of a business? One very fierce selfie. "It was my first time in the Middle East, and I didn't know what to expect," she tells PEOPLE. "I loved it." 02 of 14 A WALK TO REMEMBER Courtesy Nicole Richie "I went to a souq on my last day there, and it was really out of this world," she says. "I brought home a bunch of fabrics so I could sample new stuff. It was inspiration shopping. I came home with a lot of new ideas." 03 of 14 WATER WORKS Courtesy Nicole Richie What to do with a little time off? Take a quick dip in the Persian Gulf, of course! 04 of 14 ON THE MOVE Courtesy Nicole Richie Richie takes in the city sights on her way to her House of Harlow 1960 pop-up shop. "I was surprised at how forward they are there, and how much the women really love fashion," she says. "It's a different culture there, they have a different idea of style. A lot of them are covered, and I thought it was really cool to see these women put their own take on what that means, and on what style means to them." 05 of 14 THEY'RE SHOE-INS Courtesy Nicole Richie Taking five at the Burj Al Arab – a 7-star hotel – Richie and her possé give us a peek at their sweet shoes. "We didn't stay there but we had dinner one night – everything in that hotel is something to see," she shares. "I would say that's kind of the overall theme of Dubai." 06 of 14 CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS Courtesy Nicole Richie During her time at the Festival, Richie spoke to women about House of Harlow 1960, and did a little personal shopping for them in two styling sessions. "I spoke to them about what influences me when I get dressed, what influences them," she says. "I saw a lot of women really take risks, get really crazy with their accessories and their personal style to stand on their own." 07 of 14 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Courtesy Nicole Richie Clad in a pink Pucci dress, Richie snaps a shot with her team before her pop-up shop opening. 08 of 14 SIGHTS TO SEE Courtesy Nicole Richie They're postcard-perfect! Richie and her manager kick back at the Burj Al Arab. 09 of 14 MOMENT OF ZEN Courtesy Nicole Richie When she wasn't styling the women of Dubai, Richie and her team took a "really amazing" desert safari. 10 of 14 ANIMAL INSTINCTS Courtesy Nicole Richie On the agenda? A camel ride! "I almost fell off!" she shares. "I knew that if I went on a camel ride, I'd be the one that falls off. So when the camel bent down to let us off, my friend behind me fell forward, on top of me. I was fine though." 11 of 14 BIRDS OF A FEATHER Courtesy Nicole Richie In addition to the camel rides, Richie amp co. were treated to a visit from some falcons (falconry is a tradition in the United Arab Emirates). 12 of 14 DESERT REIGN Courtesy Nicole Richie Things get a little wild as the group comes upon a herd of Arabian oryx. 13 of 14 RIDE ALONG Courtesy Nicole Richie Don't try this at home! Richie and her crew ride the desert dunes hands-free. 14 of 14 VIEW FROM THE TOP Courtesy Nicole Richie Goodnight, Dubai! As the sun begins to set, Richie snaps a scenic shot from her hotel on Palm Island.