What Happens When Nicole Richie Goes to Dubai? Camels, Caravans and Stylish Selfies
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."
A WALK TO REMEMBER
"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."
What to do with a little time off? Take a quick dip in the Persian Gulf, of course!
ON THE MOVE
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."
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."
CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS
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."
DRESSED TO IMPRESS
Clad in a pink Pucci dress, Richie snaps a shot with her team before her pop-up shop opening.
SIGHTS TO SEE
They're postcard-perfect! Richie and her manager kick back at the Burj Al Arab.
MOMENT OF ZEN
When she wasn't styling the women of Dubai, Richie and her team took a "really amazing" desert safari.
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."
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
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).
Things get a little wild as the group comes upon a herd of Arabian oryx.
Don't try this at home! Richie and her crew ride the desert dunes hands-free.
VIEW FROM THE TOP
Goodnight, Dubai! As the sun begins to set, Richie snaps a scenic shot from her hotel on Palm Island.