Photos of Dubai
UAE shopping malls are here now for you to feast your duty free
hungry eyes on, even one mall containing a built-in, glassed off,
air conditioned ski-field. The Mall of The Emirates has everything
your fluttering heart yearns for! It covers over 223,000 sq. metres
and includes the French Carrefour hyper-supermarket, with amazing
specials on electronics, plus all supermarket food lines. You'll
find well over 400 retailers, many tasty restaurants, a 14 screen
movies cinema complex, roller coasters plus other rides, gaming
areas, and yes, even another five star hotel. (Dubai's hotels require
a higher grading up to seven stars!) Persian carpets? Come to The
Mall of The Emirates, where basement parking is massive and prices
are generally tax free. Let's say basement prices for quality goods.
Want to learn to
ski while it's mid summer outside? No problem in Dubai at Emirates
Mall and here's proof. There are ski instructors and chair lifts
No, it's not snowing
a blizzard! The flash has reflected off a solid glass wall that
encapsulates a different world.
You can go skiing, throw snowballs or stand outside, gazing at this
incredible contrast. You've got to see this innovative city.
Other shopping malls
abound, notably near the sea on Jumeirah Beach Road. Mercato
has a mediterranean feel as it features Italian Renaissance architecture.
Dubai is practically a duty free shopping paradise of global abundance.
And in general, there are no taxes with the two exceptions of airline
tickets and hotel bookings. That's some incentive. Perhaps that's
a reason for the awesome rate of growth of both tourism in The Emirates
and the economy of the region. Come shopping. Be pleased with the
prices. Enjoy food from Iran, Paris, Japan, Morocco, whatever you
want. Buy a notebook computer and a good book to read on the flight.
Clothing, a Persian rug, cosmetics and accessories, gold jewelry...
Here are two photos
taken inside the beautiful Mercato mall where colors find
a natural harmony.
A view from
Sahara Tower, Sheik Zayed Road, towards the shopping mall near the
sea, Mercato on Jumeirah Beach Road. Dubai is perfect for night
time photography. Climb a tower and use an automatic time exposure
like I did here. Digital photography takes us into new dimensions.
These photos were taken using a Samsung Techwin Digimax S700 digital
camera. Also see new save
on Business and Travel section.
Geoffrey Dodd is
a travel writer and Internet entrepreneur focusing on the United
Arab Emirates and the United States.
last updated on
August 24, 2010
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