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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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.
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 view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as seen from the north side courtyard, with its impressive domes and uniquely golden spires on top of them. Tried a symmetrical photograph but didn’t quite come out in a straight line, though you can see a glass window straight ahead if you look closely.
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.
A close up photo of one of the many magnificent chandeliers adorning the ceilings of the Sheikh Zayed grand mosque at Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This Chandelier brings out the contrast between the architecture of the strictly Islamic ways of the mosque building with that of the decorations itself.