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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Bella Hadid says Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is ‘magic’

Bella Hadid announced her arrival into Abu Dhabi with a picture of the mosque

Model Bella Hadid is in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One weekend. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
Model Bella Hadid is in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One weekend. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)

Bella Hadid announced her arrival into Abu Dhabi on Instagram, with a picture of a brightly lit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque taken from the air, captioned: “Magic… Nothing in the world more beautiful to me.”

The 21-year-old model is half Dutch and half Palestinian and has previously spoken about her pride at being a Muslim. Her father was a refugee who moved to the US as a child. “He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim,” Bella Hadid told Porter magazine in 2017.

When US President Donald Trump first announced his immigration ban, Bella and her sister Gigi famously joined the No Ban No Wall march in New York city, along with their mother and friends, toting signs that read: “We are all humans.”

Gigi Hadid has recently spoken out against those that question if she is “Arab enough”, saying: "When I shot the cover of Vogue Arabia, I wasn’t ‘Arab enough’ to be representing those girls, even though I’m half-Palestinian,” she said. “I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch. Just because I have blonde hair, I still carry the value of my ancestors and I appreciate and respect that.”

Bella is in Abu Dhabi with her boyfriend The Weeknd, who took to the stage for last night’s after-race concert at the du Arena. Hadid was seen backstage at the concert and then celebrating with her beau at an after-party at Mad on Yas Island, where French Montana was performing.

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