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 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 ‘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!
The night view from the observation deck at the Jebel Hafeet mountain near Al-Ain in Eastern UAE on the border with Oman. The place is one of the favorite getaways for people from all over the southern Gulf region. Sadly, the top of the mountain is nothing but a large parking area filled with cars all the time. The surroundings and everything else looks yellow because the entire area is lit by yellow sodium vapor lamps. It would be awesome if these were to be replaced by daylight fluorescent lamps, as it would bring out the various colors of the rocks ranging from white to sand to yellow to orange to red. This is a long exposure photo, light trains of cars can also be seen.
A bright yellow Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Coupe menacingly rests outside at the main entrance of The Dubai Mall in Dubai. The 610 hp, 550 Nm Huracán with a 5.2 liter V10 is the Italian ultra supercar maker’s latest among its serial production cars and like all Lamborghini machines is named after a famous fighting bull. The Huracan replaced the Lamborghini Gallardo and is the current “baby Lambo” alongside its more powerful sibling, the Lamborghini Aventador, though outdoes it in its aggressive styling. Though these supercars might be a rarity to spot anywhere else in the world, they quite common in the oil-rich Gulf countries and especially in Dubai. This little baby will cost you a little more than 4 crore Indian Rupees a pop.