Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dubai Mall and the Souks...

So on Thursday we had the Overnight Desert Safari, but because we are leaving Dubai the next day, we had to buy my camera in the morning, since that was my whole mission for this trip! And I haven't even told you about our visit to the highest building in the world, which we did last night, so that I will do also another day...

So after waking up first shopping in the gold, fabric and spice souk in Old Dubai, because I really wanted to see these old shopping areas. We didn't have much time but it was a fun trip, bought some spices like Sumac and some shawls to wrap around our heads and some cute embroidered kaftan's. So we look more authentic when we go on the camel back safari :-) You know me by now, it all has to complete the picture!!

This handsome man (who loved to pose LOL) owned a spice shop and it was so fun to see this all so open displayed, it smelled just delicious in there. I could have bought kilos of these beautiful spices... but didn't!! Got me inspired though to cook more Arabian food when I am back home!!



Dressed for the part... we went to the Dubai Mall ~ OMG! A 440,000 square feet Fashion Avenue with 1400 shops and with the world's largest collection of fashion brands under one roof, The Dubai Mall is set to become the next fashion capital of the world!! They say Dubai is TOMORROW LAND! and that is so true, spectacular almost futuristic gorgeous looking is this dazzling city, there in NO city in the world like it!! Everything is shiny, gold leafed, with precious gem stones bedazzeled, the money is all over the city!! This is a play area for the wealthy rich!! Nothing is below 5 STAR, nothing, not even the toilets in the mall....

Of course this mall has to beat some records, OK China has bigger shopping malls, but...



Inside this spectacular mall is a record-breaking most magnificent aquarium featuring the largest acrylic panel, bigger than the one at Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa. The aquarium features around 33,000 fishes and sea animals of 85 species. Just inside the mall....



This mall is just AMAZING!! You get totally lost! So huge, so glamorous, so pretty, so bling bling, you NEED to go there when you come to Dubai!! They have restaurants, cinemas, entertainment, all the luxurious brands in the world, every floor has its own theme from electronics, to toys, to shoes, to clothing. Think about something and they SELL it there!! And good prices, since Dubai shopping is TAX FREE!! So I am a happy camper with my new NIKON D300s ~ a real beauty!!







I will keep you from telling how we had run from side to side to find the camera store we had seen the night before, because this mall is so gigantic and since we didn't have much time left anymore before departing to the dessert it was quite a hectic morning, but we succeeded to buy everything we wanted...

Now off to the dessert.... we are all 4 very excited to see what our adventure will be!!
But I will tell you about that tomorrow!

This week is crazy for me, since I am a room mom at school we had to prepare for Halloween crafts, some parties to go to like a 40th Birthday party for my friend Candice, a wedding to attend from my other friend Olimpia, some Halloween parties and book club meetings... it is just a crazy week!! So no time to blog or do anything else....

By the way: HAPPY HALLOWEEN y'all! The girls are dressed up as Thai Socialites LOL this year (more pictures to come on that theme)

Ciao,
Mireille

2 comments:

Wendy said...

OMG! I have never seen anything like this in all my life! What a place! What an experiene for your family!

Keep sharing (and I won't mention again how much I want to be you)!

Leah and Maya said...

That is INSANE! wow I never knew there was such a place. Good think you travel so we can all see a bit more of the world. Can't wait to see your camel pics. thats once crazy schedule you have.

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