Showing posts with label Ibn Battuta Mall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ibn Battuta Mall. Show all posts

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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Monday, 18 March 2013

Ancient wisdom - South pointing chariot, awesome!

I am blogging in this post about an ancient equipment. It is a surprising example of the knowledge and wisdom of those people who lived so many years ago. We have plenty to learn from the history and make use of those nice qualities our ancestors possessed in present-day lives.

You can see this at the Ibn Batuta Mall in Dubai. This Mall is themed according to the travel experiences of Ibn Battuta, the famous 14th-century Arab explorer.

This cardinal direction pointing non-magnetic device was invented by the Chinese. The pointing arm of the figure will always be facing the south direction no matter whichever direction the chariot turned.

The chariot must have been used for navigational purposes by the ancient Chinese. This might have helped the warriors and travelers to negotiate the vast terrains in China. The mechanism operates by a differential gear system. No magnets were used.

Interesting...isn't it?

The Ibn Battuta Mall has Persia court, China court, Andalusia court, Egypt court, India court, and the Tunisia court.

Plenty of outlets...very good architecture...!

Lovely Mall to visit...!
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