|Madinat Jumeirah Souk combines traditional architecture and items|
with features of modern malls.
Soon after we wandered inside, I found a lovely patchwork pillow cover and a beaded runner for my dining table. Purchases one and two.
|Burj Al Arab is a famous landmark|
|Many lovely items like this |
traditionally patterned rug
were for sale in Madinat.
Overall the mall was very clean, well lit, attractive, spacious, and relatively free of noise and hubbub—and there are no taxes. Serious shoppers might want to stay in the five-star 400-room Kempinski Hotel on premises. During the hour and a half spent there I bought a notebook at Carrefour (Dubai’s Wal-Mart equivalent) and a party dress to wear to dinner that evening. Purchases three and four.
Of course, what this mall is most famous for isn’t hanging on the racks. There’s an indoor ski area filled with real snow—quite a layout, although during our visit only a few snowboarders glided down the slope, while a couple of young children played in the only snow found in the desert.
|Outside Mall of the Emirates. The large white structure|
is the indoor ski slope.
|Children accustomed to desert sand|
enjoy playing in the snow at Mall
of the Emirates.
|Find unusual gold jewelry--or have a piece custom-|
made at stores like Cara in the Gold and Diamond Park.
|Textiles are a big draw in the souks or|
traditional markets of Dubai.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier