Flowers outside of Ibn Battuta Mall

Flowers outside of Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta was an explorer from Morroco during the 1300s. You can see his travels, which include Timbuktu, Egypt, Somalia, Tanzania, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Sri Lanka, China and many other countries, on an interactive map if you click on this link. Last week we found out that there is a mall in Dubai called the Ibn Battuta Mall. The people who designed this mall were inspired by Battuta’s travels and made different parts of the mall look like the different places he traveled to. There are six sections to the mall: China, Perisa, India, Tunisia, Egypt, and Andalusia. In addition to that the designers made this mall also like a museum. All throughout the mall there are maps of Battuta’s travels, interesting information about the places he visited, people he met, and the major discoveries of that time. It was a pretty awesome mall:

Persia and India

PicMonkey Collage China, Tunisia, EgyptPictures (top left): Persia, India, India, (bottom left): China, Tunisia, Egypt

We found the mall to be really relaxing – and less busy than the more popular malls in Dubai like the Dubai mall or the Mall of the Emirates. It was fun to walk though each country, learn a bit about Ibn Battuta, and get some shopping done! I think we will be visiting this mall again.

After visiting the mall we headed over to The Walk in the Jumeirah Beach Residences near the marina. When we were in Thailand we found this awesome restaurant in Krabi called Black Canyon Coffee. While there we realized it was a chain started in Thailand and they have locations all around the world – including Dubai! One of the locations is on The Walk near the Sheraton Hotel. Since going to Thailand we have missed it just about every day and we have really missed the food. So while we were in Dubai we thought we head over to Black Canyon and reminisce about our travels – and if I didn’t look out the window it was almost like we were back in Thailand . . .

PicMonkey Collage Black CanyonTheir coffee is heavenly and the food was glorious! Our absolute favorite Thai dish is the Papaya salad (pictured in the middle) – spicy, sweet, peanuty, and fresh! Oh Thailand how I miss you . . .

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