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.
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.
The ‘poshest’ and most upscale location of not just Dubai, the UAE or the Middle East but maybe the world, the Dubai Marina lies still at night, glittering like a jewel. The towers are residential apartments of the Jumeirah Beach Residences, one side offering a view of the Marina and the other of the sea! Seen parked are yachts while lights reflect off the calm waters of the Marina. A long exposure photograph, this took quite some editing to come out this way.
The Dubai Mall is the greatest attractions of Dubai. The Mall is really a combination of many malls, and “The Souk” is one of those, which is a part of The Dubai Mall with shopping areas designed with architecture to give a feel of a medieval Arabian bazaar while housing the most contemporary of brands. The central area of The Souk, shown in this photo, has jewelry shops lining either side while hand cats selling silks make up the central area. Like everything else in Dubai, this is also richly appointed with intricate, minute attention to detail. The Dubai Mall. Nothing quite like it!
A view of the Dubai Marina from the outlet towards the Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf beyond. Immaculately clean, unbelievably pristine and planned down to the minutest detail with not a brick out of place, the Dubai Marina is the “poshest” part of Dubai and among the poshest of the world. It is an artificial waterway of blue, aquamarine and topaz waters, where rich people from around the world park their yachts (you can also hire yachts) surrounded by skyscrapers offering uber-luxury housing and office spaces, with very exclusive restaurants and shopping areas. You will wonder if all that what you see is real. The two towers on the left are Al Murjan and Al Mesk.
The Burj Al Arab hotel stands tall into the sky ay night, as viewed from Dubai’s Jumeirah public beach. Illuminated throughout the night by different color schemes, the show starts at sundown with the top spire illuminated by red and the building’s “sailboat” body in yellow or gold. The light at the right side is the 360 restaurant, the king of all posh restaurants along the Jumeirah shoreline. The Burj al Arab, often billed as the world’s only “7 Star hotel” and the world’s most expensive hotel is one of the icons of Dubai and a tribute to what a Ruler’s vision can achieve. The picture also captures the famous Gulf summer haze extending across the Arabian Gulf, even at night.