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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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.

Kathakali Faces Hang Around at LuLu Mall, Ernakulam

Kathakali face cutouts hung on display at the LuLu Mall in Ernakulam (Kochi), Kerala during the Onam festival season like all mall interiors are decorated. Along with Onam, Snake Boats etc., Kathakali and its faces are among the strongest cultural synonyms and representative images (and tourist attractions) of Kerala. Kathakali is a world-famous art form that originated and is practiced in Kerala, a kind of dramatized dancing usually depicting stories from the Mahabharata performed by actors wearing highly stylized makeup, elaborate headgear, and costumes that are often a riot of colors. The end result of this makeup generally looks like the faces in this picture.

Central Atrium and Gold Displays in The Souk at The Dubai Mall

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!

Interiors of the Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway, Bengaluru

Interior layout of the Orion Mall, part of the Brigade Gateway complex at Rajajinagar in West Bangalore. Orion is one of the lesser-visited malls of Bangalore by the “IT crowd” as it is not situated anywhere near the IT corridors and an outing to which is a one-day work. It mainly caters to the “natives” of the city and is also connected by the Metro (Green Line). It is part of the posh Brigade Gateway complex which also includes the World Trade Center tower and a ultra-luxurious apartment complex, centered around an expansive boulevard. Very posh place for posh people.

Interiors of the Kochi Central Mall, Ernakulam

How the new Kochi Central Mall on MG Road, Ernakulam looks like from the inside. The interiors are very upscale, very clean and well spaced out, in all very tastefully done with colors everywhere as you can see in this photo. This picture was taken from the first floor above the entrance. The foot court with its lighted roof is at the top. The interior layout of the mall vaguely reminds one of The Forum, Koramangala, Bangalore. A mall like would have been unimaginable in Kerala a decade back, when yours truly was strutting around the city, hoping there was something else than the Marine Drive and some juice parlors to hang out. Today’s kids are lucky.