Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ibn Battuta Mall

Now for the most unusual mall of all. The mall called the Ibn Battuta Mall, the world’s largest “themed” mall (oh brother) is actually very unique and interesting. It is divided into six very distinctive world styles. We entered through China, through the Forbidden City – the outside of the building actually looks exactly like the Forbidden City in Beijing. The centerpiece of this area is filled with Chinese junks, fabulous carvings and ornate ceiling paintings.
From there you enter India along with a total change of décor. Travel from there through Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and Andalusia, each themed area taking on a completely different look. It was quite fascinating to see. Now…did we wander through stores, making purchases? No! We wandered through, taking pictures, checking out the uniqueness of the place. Maybe there’s such a thing as too gimmicky to make money…..

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