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 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 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.
A small part of Dubai’s “Box Park” as seen at night. The Box Park, called “Container City” by some residents of the Malabari variety, is actually exactly that, located along the stretch of the posh Al Wasl street that lies in between Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road, parallel to both. The Box Park is an outdoor linear shopping mall whose structures are made up of used shipping containers or in the shape of boxes, housing very expensive cafes, boutiques and the like. You can see the Yamaha Cafe in this photo. These are vividly lit at night in many colors and patterns and the entire place is quite an experience to visit.
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!
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.