In early April 2014 I was for work in Abu Dhabi. It provided me with the unique opportunity to finally meet my photographer friend Julian John. As I had a free evening Julian took me to the big mosque. Especially in the evening light the mosque provided many fantastic photographic opportunities. I was allowed inside without having to wear an abaya dress as te guard deemed my buff sufficient to qualify as a head scarf. After twenty minutes photographing the inside of the mosque the mullah came to throw me out as he was of a different opinion than the guard and told me to come back in with an abaya.
While Julian was still photographing the inside of the mosque I decided not to search for an abaya but to wait outside instead. I am so happy that I did as I got the opportunity to photograph those muslim women taking pictures with their phones.
The visit to the mosque ended with a great dinner with Julian and his wife. Thank you both! You can check out Julian's great photographs on http://500px.com/sandtasticdays