Friday, March 17, 2017

Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa

Can you feel spring in the air?  I can and I'm so thrilled and so ready.  This Texas gal needs some warmth.  A little update on us... we're moving back to London just in time for spring.  Surrey has been lovely, but we miss the city and are eager to get back.  Speaking of warmth and cities (see what I did there?), here are some more photos from our visit to Dubai.  

Dubai Mall



You can't go to Dubai without visiting the malls and this one is fantastic and massive.  The Dubai Mall is right in the center of the city underneath the Burj Kalifa and surrounded by more shops and hotels. 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

The inside looks like a palace and is decorated to the extreme.  I'm just in love with camels since I had the pleasure of meeting Casanova.

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Can you believe that the Texas Roadhouse is one of the more popular of the many chain restaurants in the mall?  So surreal to see a group of men in Emirati dress waiting to get in.   Just don't expect to have an ice cold beer, there is no alcohol served in the mall.  

Dubai Mall

This places is a shopper's paradise. We're not big shoppers but we had to go see this mall. 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

I loved these little plush dolls in traditional dress.  If you take a look at my post on the Islamic Women's Museum you can read about the traditional Gulf Burqa you see on this doll. 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

The mall is massive and you can easily get lost.  It's a popular gathering place to escape the desert heat of the day.  It's also famous for this incredible waterfall. 

Dubai Mall

The fountain cascades from the very top of the mall down to the lowest level.  The diving sculptures sour down the fountain in perfect formation. 

Dubai Mall

You can stop at all four level to enjoy the sound and movement of the fountain.  And to of course take a thousand photographs from every angle. 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

My favorite area of the mall was this one that is decorated with an opulent Arabic design.  It's the fanciest souk you can imagine. And the smells! 

Dubai Mall

Aromatics and perfumes are so important in the Middle East.  The exotic smell of Oud is at times both intoxicating and overwhelming. 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Did I mention that there is a skating rink...

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

As well as a massive aquarium The line to get into the aquarium wasn't too bad, but I was happy to just take a few photos from the outside.  

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

The area surrounding the mall is also beautiful with a massive lake for boat rides.

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

This next sight will take your breath away.  I walked out of the mall and actually gasped.  The tallest building in the world is something to see.

Dubai Mall

The Burj Kalifa is a soaring skyscraper that reaches almost 3,000 feet into the air.  It's the tallest man-made structure in the world (for now).  I'm embarassed to say that I didn't go up into the tower.  But I was more than content to view it from below. 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

In the evening, the crowds gather outside by the lake to see the incredible light show from the Kalifa. 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

This is also where you can see the largest, choreographed fountain display in the world.  The fountain sprays gallons of water into the air to dance.  It's completely mesmerizing.

Dubai Mall
 
Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Dubai is a curious combination of the old and the new.  It's a very unique destination and it seems to be growing and changing by the minute.  I can't wait to get back. 

 


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