38 celebrities that were spotted in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this week

Rappers, actors, athletes, social media sensations: it seems like everyone was here

Nicky Hilton, Tara Milk Tea and Trey Songz were among the famous faces in the UAE this week. Instagram 
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You could hardly walk through the Dubai Mall or drive around Yas Island without spotting a famous face this week.

Conditions were absolutely perfect for celebrity spotting, with the F1 setting Yas Island alight, and with the December weather in the UAE so perfect for visitors.

Here are 38 celebrities, social media names, athletes and musicians that were spotted in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this week...

1. Nathalie Emmanuel

The Game of Thrones star was in Abu Dhabi for the F1's Global Citizen Forum function, and said it was poignant to return to Abu Dhabi on the anniversary of Paul Walker's death: the actor died on November 30, 2013.

"We shot in Abu Dhabi for Furious 7 almost 6 years ago," she wrote. "It felt poignant that I should land here on the anniversary of Paul's passing... been enjoying reminiscing about shooting here but also reflecting on the tough time we went through as a production and a family. We miss you."

2-4. Amir Khan and reality stars Jordan Hames and Michael Griffiths

The British boxer's tweet really sums up the past week in the UAE. He was wandering through Dubai Mall, as celebrities often do, and then spotted two other British celebrities – Jordan Hames and Michael Griffiths from Love Island.

He also met Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and said "big things are happening in Abu Dhabi in 2020".

5. Usher

The R&B megastar got a tour of the Presidential Palace Qasr Al Watan, and Congolese/Cypriot founder of non-profit Malaika, Noella Coursaris, joined him.

6-7. Ronaldhino and Chris Gayle 

The former Brazilian footballer checked in to a beach-side hotel on the Palm Jumeirah. He also hung out with Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle while here.

8. Eve

Rapper Eve toured Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi and was on Yas Island for the Abu Dhabi F1.

9. Tara Whiteman

The woman behind the immensely popular travel Insta Tara Milk Tea shared stunning photos from Qasr Al Watan, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

10. Larsa Pippen

The ex-wife of Scottie Pippen, who is also famous for being one of Kim Kardashian's best friends, was in Abu Dhabi for the F1. She then went to chill by the pool at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR.

11. Toya Wright 

The reality star and author, who was once married to Lil Wayne, went on a desert safari in Dubai.

12. Nicky Hilton 

The hotel heiress was in Abu Dhabi for the F1, and hung out at Emirates Palace, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

13. Geri Horner

The former Spice Girl caught the action on track at the F1, donning a white scarf as a shayla while spectating.

14. Liza Koshy

YouTube megastar Liza Koshy was here for On.DXB, but stayed on to explore the desert and visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

15. Kayla Itsines

The fitness personality told her 11.9 million Instagram followers that Dubai has "always been" one of her "favourite places", sharing that her and her husband dined in the desert with Nara Desert Escapes.

16. Kathryn Bernardo

The Filipina superstar hung around at Last Exit, the food truck pit stop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She was joined by partner Daniel Padilla, and championed Filipino designers while here.

17. Calum Best

British reality star, and son of George Best, hung out at Drift Beach in Dubai.

18-19. Ne Yo and Akon

The two R&B stars were in Abu Dhabi for the F1 – with Akon having been here for the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival last week.

20. Flavour 

The Nigerian singer, who is renowned for often singing in the Igbo language, jetted in to perform at a private party in Dubai, with MC Klinton Cod sharing a snap of the star.

21. Kaffy

And the renowned Nigerian dancer and choreographer Kaffy was also in town for the same private party, and she checked into the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.

22. Katrin Tanja Daviosdottir

Dubbed 'the fittest woman on earth', the Icelandic athlete has been training in Dubai ahead of the CrossFit Championships, which are being held here on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14.

23. Fabi Santina

The Brazilian lifestyle blogger and author visited the Burj Khalifa, the souqs, the Dubai Frame, the Burj Al Arab and the desert while in Dubai this week.

24. Gucci Mane

The very stylish rapper was greeted like a VIP when arriving at the Abu Dhabi F1.

25-26. Casey Niestat and Steven Seagal 

The travel vlogger went go-karting in the UAE, and also visited the F1, where he said he spied Steven Seagal.

27. Maps Maponyane

The South African entertainer and TV host found some Brabus-tuned wheels to get himself around Dubai in.

28. Swizz Beatz 

The immensely likeable hip hop star (who was smart enough to marry Alicia Keys) shared this snap of the Etihad and Al Forsan fly-by at the F1.

29. Fenil Umrigar

The Indian actress spent the day at Kite Beach in Dubai, one of our favourite spots.

30. Drea Chong

Lifestyle blogger Drea Chong called Louvre Abu Dhabi "a sight to behold".

31. Laila Loves

The very influential beauty blogger was spotted reading The National's Luxury magazine in Secret Garden in City Walk.

32. Anne-Marie

The British singer-songwriter had a chance to hit the track while visiting Abu Dhabi for the F1.

33-34. Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils

The tennis star hung out with fellow pro Gael Monfils at the Abu Dhabi F1.

35-36. Trey Songz and Tyga

The rappers celebrated Trey's 35th birthday in Dubai. And Trey Songz was spotted in the desert too:

37. Danielle Lloyd

British model and former Miss England had dinner at Akira Back at W Dubai on the Palm Jumeirah this week.

38. Marshmello

EDM star Marshmello perplexed some camels in the Abu Dhabi desert with his choice of headgear this week.