37 celebrities who were spotted in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this week

There appears to have been a full football takeover of the UAE: and most of them hung out with Salt Bae

Plenty of celebrities have been spending their holidays in the UAE: with Cristiano Ronaldo, Novak Djokovic, Maisa Silva and more all sharing snaps from their holidays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

From cultural visits to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Burj Khalifa, to desert and beach fun, here's what the 37 famous faces spotted in the UAE got up to this week.

1. Maisa Silva

The super famous Brazilian child star turned actress and YouTuber spent a while in Dubai, sharing photos from the desert, and from the bottom of the Burj Khalifa.

She also went skydiving while here:

2. Karim Benzema

The Real Madrid star dined at Nusr-Et and went jet skiing while in Dubai this week. His teammate Dani Carvajal was also in town this week.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

The football star spent time with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai at the luxury Bulgari hotel while here with his family for Christmas.

4. Novak Djokovic

The tennis star also spent a lot of time in the UAE this month, and also hung out with Sheikh Hamdan.

"On my path I have met many enthusiasts who love sports," Djokovic wrote on Instagram. "But you @faz3 have raised passion and commitment and respect for sport to another level. Love your work and I am happy to be of service on that fantastic mission of yours to bring love for sports closer to people."

5. Joao Felix

The 20-year-old Portuguese footballer went to Nusr-Et Dubai this week, and caught an abra around the Madinat Jumeirah (a start to a classic Dubai greatest hits trip).

6. Mario Gotze

It seems about a dozen famous footballers went to Nusr-Et Dubai this week, including German footballer Mario Gotze. And he also visited Dubai Design District.

7. Najwa Shihab 

The major Indonesian talk show host walked around Old Dubai and went on a boat trip around the Palm Jumeirah while in the UAE this week.

8. Madonna Sebastian 

The Indian actress spent Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi with family.

And shared snaps of decorations in a mall:

9. Chiquinquira Delgado

The Venezuelan TV personality went on a family holiday to the Maldives, and stopped by Dubai after, heading out to the desert while here.

10. Marielena Davila

Chiquinquira Delgado's daughter is also a famous actress (her father is actor Guillermo Davila), and she joined her mum in Dubai's dunes.

11. Alan Pulido

The Mexican professional footballer has spent a few days in the capital, and visited Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Ferrari World.

12. Zakaria Aboukhlal 

The Dutch footballer spent time at the beach-side hotel Rixos Premium Dubai in JBR.

13. Ngoc Trinh

The Vietnamese model shared many moments from her Dubai trip with her 3.2 million Instagram fans, including a trip to Skydive Dubai's desert site, a visit to Miracle Garden and a sky-high dinner at Dinner in the Sky.

14. Jorge Ramos

The Mexican news anchor has been dubbed the "Walter Cronkite of Latin America" and he visited Dubai this week, sharing this snap from the Burj Khalifa.

15. Chris Mies

The German GT3 racing driver tried out a different type of surface this week: the Dubai desert.

16. Daniel Fox

The German influencer has more than 2 million followers on Instagram, and said dune buggying in the Dubai desert was one of his "best experiences so far":

17. Haidar Juma

The Swedish TV star and DJ visited Ras Al Khaimah this week, and then spent time at the Five Palm Jumeirah.

18. Baddy Oosha

The Nigerian singer is still in Dubai, and shared this snap from The Dubai Mall this week.

19 & 20. Karen Khachanov and Roger Federer

The Russian tennis star spent a good portion of December in Dubai, and even managed to get in a practice with partly Dubai-based tennis legend Roger Federer while here.

21. Julian Weigel

The German football player was gifted a cake with himself on it while in Dubai, as you do. He even found time to fit in a Barry's Bootcamp workout while here too.

22. Victoria Swarovski

The singer and heir to the Swarovski crystal fortune went out for dinner in Dubai on Saturday night, and shared Instagram stories of the beach, writing that she's here on 'vacay'.

23 & 24. Filippo Magnini and Giorgia Palmas 

The married couple, former Olympic swimmer Magnini and the TV star Palms stayed at Caesars Bluewaters while in Dubai and went up the Burj Khalifa, of course.

25. Sara Gama

The Italian national team footballer was given an award at the Dubai International Sports Conference this week.

26. Joel Robles

The Spanish footballer visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and a Salt Bae restaurant while in the UAE this week.

27. Giada Giovanelli

The Italian influencer spent time at the Sofitel on the Palm Jumeirah and visited Downtown Dubai while here.

28. Silvietta Raffa

Another Italian influencer, Raffa has 756,000 followers, and shared this snap of Qasr Al Watan with them this week.

29. Felipe Caicedo 

The Ecuadorian footballer and his wife Maria visited Dubai Parks & Resorts theme parks this week.

30. Shrenu Parikh

The Indian TV actress had dinner at The Palace Downtown while visiting this week.

31. Ahmed Alsanawi

The star barber – yes, that's a thing, he does Paul Pogba's hair and has more than 374,000 followers on Instagram – visited Global Village this week.

32. Rihana Oksana Petra

The Russian beauty pageant star spent the week at the new Waldorf in DIFC: she came to further fame in 2018 when she married Muhammad V of Kelantan, who was at the time the Yang di-Pertuan of Malaysia (effectively the King of the country). He abdicated the throne earlier this year, and the couple also divorced this year too.

33. Nathaniel Buzolic 

The Australian actor, who starred in Hacksaw Ridge and The Originals, visited Salt Bae's Nusr-Et while in Dubai (of course), sharing his dinner on his Instagram stories. He also found time to take a classic Dubai sunrise shot on Sunday morning.

34. Luka Modric 

The Croatian footballer was a visitor at the Belhasa farm this week. Along with Saif Ahmad Belhasa, he met the family's bear and white lion.

35. Kheira Hamraoui

Another guest of the Belhasa family was French footballer Kheira Hamraoui, who currently plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona. She also worked out at Transform Altitude gym in Jumeirah and hung out with Karim Benzema at a beach club.

36. Milos Degenek

Socceroo Milos Degenek was snapped sunning himself at Madinat Jumeirah with Novak Djokovic.

37. Juan Jesus

Brazilian footballer Juan Jesus sent fans a Merry Christmas message from Dubai, with a snap of his adorable family posing with a Burj Al Arab backdrop.