The Grand Persian Court Dome at the Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai

The inside of the overwhelmingly grand dome at the “Persian  Court” section of the Ibn Battuta Mall of Dubai, UAE. The design is created to reflect the complex intricacies of Persian architecture of the 14th century when Ibn Battuta traveled the east. The Ibn Battuta mall is divided into sections of “courts”, each real-world replicas of how different parts of the world looked in the 14th century, as and when visited by Ibn Battuta. The entire place presents a breath-taking experience to visit, like a historical theme park in the form of a shopping mall. The “Persian Court” is occupied by a Starbucks.
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Dubai Downtown’s Rainbow Skyline Seen from the Dubai Mall

The colorful and vibrant skyline of the Dubai Downtown, as seen from the Dubai Fountain area of the Dubai Mall, the lights casting long reflections in the water and the lights twinkling like stars. The towers in the skyline, including the Taj Hotel, are part of the Dubai Downtown and the walkway around the artificial lake surrounding the Burj Khalifa. The mesmerizing lights and colors of the skyline create to give a vibrant effect, ranging from violet and blue in the right to orange and red on the left. Dubai is a photographer’s paradise.

Skyline photography: Thirty-second long exposure with F/11 aperture and ISO100; camera mounted on a Sony VCT-R100 tripod.

The Famous Sheikh Zayed Road of Dubai in the Evening

The Sheikh Zayed Road cutting through the center of Dubai and the commercial lifeline of its high profile commercial and business district appears deserted one late evening, though it was not, but for this well-timed photograph, as seen from the Dubai Internet City metro station elevator. The Sheikh Zayed Road, as the Emirates Road or E11 connecting all the Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, is called while passing through Dubai, is 12 to 16 lanes wide (6-8 lanes per side) in its business district, not including service roads. The Metro line seems to be dividing the picture into two, the blue sky above and the gray and brown buildings below.

A Split Level View of Two Levels of Shops of the Dubai Mall

A view of two levels of shops at The Dubai Mall, the biggest and possibly the most luxurious malls in the world. The Dubai Mall is the crowing jewel of the world’s consumerism, presented as a clash of colors and diverse architecture, as shown by the blue blocks of Chaumet and the discrete luxury of DeBeers. The sings of shops on the opposite side are seen reflected on the glass panels clamped to the wall.

Turkish Lanterns on Display at the Bur Dubai Old Souk

A very colorful, dazzling array of Turkish lanterns (or Moroccan lanterns) on display for sale at Dubai’s famous Old Souk. The colors and intricate arrangement fo the lanterns is just amazing! The “Old Souk” is part of a heritage tourism project by the Government of Dubai on the lines of traditional Arabian markets selling artifacts, textiles etc. The Dubai Old Souk is housed in a created development along the waterfront of the Dubai Creek Near the Al-Ghubaiba Metro and Bus stations, and represents the oldest part of Dubai. A must visit when to Dubai.

The Dubai Metro against Marsa Dubai, all in Blue and Gold!

The Dubai Metro train number 5060 running the “red” line from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali glides past the Marsa Dubai area, which consists of the Dubai Marina and surroundings on the left side and the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) on the right. The fierce midsummer desert sun shines down a bit muted, and the afternoon sunlight reflecting off the dust in the air and buildings in the area give the surroundings and the haze in the air an ethereal golden glow, accentuating the gold and yellows used in buildings, except on the ones that are mainly blue. This blue and gold contrast is what gives Dubai its exotic feel! The station is Jumeirah Lake Towers and on the extreme left, you can see the round brown structure of the posh Dubai Marina Mall.