Ibn Battuta Mall Blends 14th Century Travel with The Gap
Worried about your travel carbon footprint? Then stop booking flights and consider a few hours at the Ibn Battuta Mall, which is a homage to the journeys of its 14th century namesake and legend. Imagine the 75,000 miles (121,000 km) of travel Ibn Battuta endured as you wander through this Dubai mall. Wander through Tunisia, Egypt, Andalusia, India, Persia and China, while mingling at fashion and food bazaars including H&M, The Gap, Nike and Starbucks. Interactive displays that cover Ibn Battuta’s journeys throughout the Middle East and beyond, jaunts that were far more impressive than those of Marco Polo offer a sense of history amongst all the commerce. Ibn Battuta Mall is like Epcot Center in the United Arab Emirates, with even more imported foreign workers but no rides. An easy hop on and off from the futuristic Dubai Metro, the decor inside is certainly impressive. And the people watching is certainly highly entertaining! Your version of The Rihla will have plenty of great stories and observations after an hour or two here. Enjoy the pictures.