Friday, 24 January 2014

Malling... a modern way to chill out, Ibn Battuta mall in Dubai, theme inspired by the travels of Ibn Battuta, the great traveler

Today's post is about a very beautiful mall, Ibn Battuta mall, a themed mall in Dubai, inspired by the travels of the famous Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta. His full name is Abu Abdulla Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tangi Ibn Batutta. (1304 to 1369).
Birthplace - Tangier, Morocco.
He was a great Islamic scholar and traveler.

At a very young age he started on a journey for the holy Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. This was a long journey and after completing the pilgrimage he decided to continue his travel to other countries that took many years before his return to Morocco. He has traveled extensively North Africa, Egypt, Swahili coast, Palestine, Syria, Andalusia, Persia, Tunisia, India, Srilanka, Maldives, China and finally back to Morocco. Upon his return almost thirty years later to Morocco he was appointed in the court of the Sultan. This ruler ordered his scribe to record the travel experiences of this great adventurer, the 'Rihla'. Rihla remains as the sole record of this great traveler's adventures.

There are plenty of world famous brands here.

The architecture of this mall is stunning !

I have already posted about 'South-pointing chariot', a wonderful instrument for finding directions used in ancient times in China. Very interesting equipment!

I am sure nobody will be bored visiting here especially if you are interested in history.

The picture above is of Ibn Battuta gate, where the Movenpick hotel is situated. Beautiful view! Hats off to this wonderful idea of building a mall conceived by the travels of this famous person.

The Islamic astrolabe

Food courts, restaurants, cinemas, you name it... they have it here! 
Hardships, dangerous circumstances, and adversities did not deter this great man from pursuing single-handedly the adventures and exploration of previously unknown, far away places, cultures, and lifestyles. His accounts gave mankind valuable insights into the life of people during those ancient times and contributed authoritative facts to history.

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like an absolutely beautiful place. I'd love to see it someday :)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Yes, of course, must see in Dubai !

Birgitta said...

What a beautiful place! Great photo series!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Great post ... Great information and beautiful photos.
Dubai, for me it is an abstract journey.
I regret.
Greetings from a very cold and distant Polish.
I wish you a nice weekend.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Oh, you think these are great captures :) I am flattered.
Thanks for the compliments. A great honor to me those coming from a talented photographer like you :)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks and wishing you too a great weekend. Well, let your dreams come true.
If there is a will there is a way ! Dubai, Asia truly exotic destinations :) like Poland ! :)

George said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of this mall, along with the fascinating history and information.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

You are welcome George !
Dubai is an amazing, exotic destination with many wonderful places worth visiting :)

Giga said...

Wspaniałe miejsce i bardzo miło się je oglądało i podziwiało. Dziękuję również za ciekawe informacje. Pozdrawiam.
Great place and very nice to be watched and admired. Thank you also for the interesting information. Yours.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Wow---I'm certainly impressed. How special to build a beautiful mall in tribute to a special person and his travels. You are right ---someone who loves history would really enjoy this mall. I LOVE it.

Catherine said...

It looks magnificent.

jonathan said...

When I travel places, I just loiter around with no sense of direction that's why I google things and read travel blogs. This is a must see and entices me to visit Dubai one of these days. I know it is expensive in there but gathering memories through travels is irreplaceable.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Giga.
I have shopped there many times. It is a beautiful mall.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Betsy.
If you happen to visit Dubai ever do not miss this mall. A very special place to visit.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thank you.
It is awesome, nobody will be bored here shopping.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

A good tour Company at your place will be able to quote a reasonable tariff for
your itinerary.
Dubai is beautiful !
Thank you for the comment.

Blackswan said...

I've enjoyed reading more about Dubai since I'd been there many times. It's like travelling back to old days........

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Great !
You might have had a good time over there :)

Joy said...

Wonderful places to see. Thanks for sharing:)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Yes Joy, it is awesome !

DWei said...

Pretty fancy stuff!

Anonymous said...

This place looks amazing, both like a mall and a museum.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks :)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thank you.
Both beautifully amalgamated !

Irina said...

If I go to Dubai (I probably will), I'll come back to the post for tips. The pics are inspiring, Rajiv! Could you enlarge the font size, please? I have a poor eyesight, we can zoom in pics, but not the text, you know. Thanks in advance!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Wow, great !
Irina, sure you will have a wonderful time in Dubai ! Plan everything well in advance and enjoy !
Will share whatever info I know ; please feel free to contact me if you plan to go there. I have already blogged about many attractions over there in my blogs.
Regarding font size, in my template post section in blogspot there is an option - "normal" font size and I select it for all my posts. The large font size is very large when viewed on browsers.
But we can easily adjust the font size of the web pages that we view by adjusting the zoom according to our preference. You can easily adjust the text size also, it can be enlarged or zoomed out like pictures ! For example, in Internet explorer by clicking open the circular wheel icon of "Tools" on the upper right hand side of the window and if we select the "zoom" option from the drop down menu it will show the options from 50% to 400%. Just select the size that you are comfortable with, simple ! Moreover, there is a custom zoom size option as well in the menu. This option of zoom is applicable to the whole of webpage with pics as well as text included.
In the Google chrome browser click open the "Customize and control Google chrome" icon that we can see on the right upper corner in our window and adjust the zoom suitable to our reading comfort.
In Mozilla firefox the zoom option is available in the drop down menu on the "view" icon.
Hope this will help you in selecting the font size of the text according to your reading comfort.
Thank you so much, please feel free to visit the blogs again and write comments.

ruma said...


Good feeling works.
Thank you for your support all the time.

A nice February.
From Japan, ruma ❃

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

I am honored by your visit to my blogs and this wonderful comment.
Your blog is awesome; extraordinary captures :)
Wish you too a beautiful february !
Please visit again and write beautiful comments :)

Ela said...

Rajiv, you showed wonderful pictures of a beautiful place. I've never been in Dubai.
It is a great pleasure to see this wonderful exotic country. Thank you very much !
Have a nice weekend :)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

You are welcome, Ela :)
Wishing you too a wonderful weekend.
Dubai is beautiful.

Brian Miller said...

nice...what a cool place...i would totally be enraptured by the gate...i like all the little touches it would keep my eye and mind going all day for sure....will read about that chariot as well...

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Brian.