Inside Yazmin Oukhellou and James Lock’s Dubai trip as they’re accused of ‘bending rules’

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James Lock and Yasmin Oukhellou have managed to escape the UK for the festive period and are celebrating Christmas in sun-soaked Dubai.

TOWIE stars Yazmin, 26, and James, 33, landed in the Emirate state shortly before Christmas Day and have been posting updates to fans on Instagram ever since.

So far, the trip, which they say is for business, has involved plenty of delicious food and cocktails at some of most exclusive and luxury venues Dubai has to offer.

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The pair are staying at the luxury JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai and enjoyed an evening meal at the hotel’s Izakaya sushi restaurant.

The pair later hit The Cheesecake Factory Mall of the Emirates which is famous for serving the best desserts in Dubai.

Earlier in the day, Yasmin showed off her gym honed figure in a Bahimi yellow leopard print bikini, as she posed in the hotel bathroom while gearing up for a day by the pool.

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They jetted out for the Christmas break flying British Airways First Class, with each posting a selfie of the luxury seats that can recline into a flat bed.

Like Ferne McCann, the reality stars have been accused by some fans of 'bending rules' to jet abroad while the UK remains in a partial lockdown.

Yasmin and James have addressed the criticism, explaining that the trip is ‘for business’.

The reality star told fans: “Just so those of you know, me and James have come to Dubai because I am launching something very exciting here in the New Year, so I've had to come now to get everything set up and we will be keeping you posted."

Ahead of the trip, James wrote on Instagram that fans can expect some big news coming up next year: “So we are off to Dubai some amazing opportunities have come up! Watch this space 2021!"

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He then added: “We are here for work purposes, for business. Obviously we'll make the most of it while we're here as well. But we are here for business purposes.”

Shortly after posting the clip, Yasmin shared a picture of herself relaxing on a sun lounger and later downing a tequila shot.

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UK guidelines state that in Tier 4 you are only allowed to travel abroad for work purposes, while travelling for pleasure is currently banned.

The duo reunited this summer in Majorca a year after they originally split – are loved up now more than ever, and recently moved in together in Essex.

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