IBN Battuta Mall is included in my 25 inexpensive places to visit in Dubai so I thought it would be a good idea to give a better review of this mall for those who plan to include this in their travel itinerary.
As you can expect from someone living here for more than 10 years, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve visited this mall. We never fail to go here whenever we have guests aside from the fact that I worked in this area for more than 6 years and this was our go-to place for lunch-outs.
But now that I’m blogging and trying to document the places I’m visiting, I find it amusing that when we visited this mall today, I found out several interesting things that I’ve never noticed before. How come I don’t know there’s a bowling centre here? Toinks!
Ok, let’s start first with some history and facts. Muhammad Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan explorer who is widely recognized as one of the greatest explorers of all time. As mentioned by my friend, Wikipedia
, that over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands. His journeys included trips to North Africa, West Africa and Eastern Europe, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Central Asia, South East Asia and China.
The mall is very accessible from the Dubai metro (Ibn Battuta Mall Station) and home to more than 270 shops and 50 restaurants. There is a major supermarket (Geant) and cinema. The mall is currently expanding to add another 150 shops to its listing.
The interiors and architecture of the mall are inspired by the travels of Muhammed Ibn Battuta. It consists of 6 courts, each designs are inspired by most the countries visited by Ibn. There are courts representing Egypt, India, China, Andalusia, Persia and Tunisia.
Now, let’s take a look at this beautiful mall and how our family re-discover it’s charm.
First and foremost, the ceilings of each court are very grand. The lightning, paintings, the intricate carvings… simply amazing.
The walls are equally stunning. The paintings in the Egyptian court is truly a work of art.
Just look at these floor tiles. It’s not just the usual white flooring you would see in other malls.
There are lots of beautiful areas where you can take that perfect shot! My loves 🙂
This is the first time I’ve seen this area. I have no idea why!!!!
A very big elephant.
Even the toilets are great for selfies
Here are some Panorama shots I took.
Do you know that this Persian court dome is actually hand-painted? Amazing, right?
You will also find several artifacts and stories about Muhammad Ibn Battuta’s travels and discoveries.
And how would you know where to go next? Just follow the signs…
And our visit to IBN Battuta mall will never be complete without going to Fun City.
Sorry for the blurry photo but she really enjoyed this ride. She had 3 rounds of this.
And it’s not only the kids who’s enjoying. See how much tickets banker offered? And yes, I took the offer. Good decision as my case only had 7 tickets.
Overall, it was a fun day today. My husband kept on teasing me that I’m like a tourist taking photos of everything. This blogging thing makes me look at familiar places in a different way. I now have fresh interests on places I used to disregard before, and I’m enjoying it.
Hope you’re having a nice weekend guys! Ciao! 🙂