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TAKING REFUGE AT DUBAI MALL

Heat is unbearable on the outdoors. The temperature continues to rise as I arrive in Dubai and this will be my last day at UAE.  Window shopping and simply loitering in malls is not new to me but the world-record holders of attractions at the Dubai Mall is an opportunity that I should be grateful of.

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area.  There are numerous retail shops and restaurants in this intricately and elegantly designed mall that walking for minutes or even hours becomes manageable.


TAKING REFUGE AT DUBAI MALL
THE METRO STATION
With the instructions of my friend, Shera, working in Dubai, I managed to get through the efficient metro station of Dubai Mall and passed through the footbridge with the world’s tallest artificial structure in view, the Burj Khalifa.

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ENTRANCE TO DUBAI MALL FROM THE METRO STATION
The intention on why Dubai Mall will serve as our rendezvous is for a good vantage of the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.  For some minor revisions on my schedule while in Dubai, I would not be able to visit the observatory deck.  And so I have to be contented on a worm’s eye perspective.

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It has occurred to me that I have always postponed any visit to an observatory deck while already there.  To name a few, the Tokyo Sky Tree of Japan, the Petronas Towers of Malaysia and the Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Tower of China are some of the missed observatory decks to visit.  I have let an opportunity slip.  But for most of the times apart from time constraints, it is the budget.  On my next visit to the said countries, I’ll try to allot time for a good vantage of the cityscape and landmarks through these tallest observatory decks.

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THE DUBAI AQUARIUM
Another world-record holder featured at Dubai Mall is the imposing Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.  The Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest tanks in the world featuring one of the world’s largest viewing panel.  I was really amazed of how massive the aquarium is.  It is said to house more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined.

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SCUBA DIVER IN ACTION
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SHARKS AND SCHOOL OF FISH
For a close encounter experience with the underwater animals, there is an acrylic walkthrough tunnel that of course comes with a fee.  The lunar-cyclic lighting system will change the ambiance of the tank depending on the time of the day.  I have witnessed how scuba divers clean the huge tank as the mall opened that day and it was truly awesome!

Even just from the outside and without having to shell out for admission fees, the Dubai Aquarium will definitely fascinate every passerby.

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THE AQUARIUM IN VIEW
As we move to the other side of the mall proximate to the famed Dubai Fountain, a unique concept of an interior design came into view known as “The waterfall”.  The installation and aesthetic work is truly interesting worthy of commendation.  It complements well with the restaurants and shops that surround the interiors.

TAKING REFUGE AT DUBAI MALL
THE UNIQUE INTERIOR DESIGN

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THE WATERFALL
And before we settled at a coffee shop, the mandatory photoshoot outdoor with the Burj Khalifa as backdrop commenced, unmindful of the intense heat on a midday.

TAKING REFUGE AT DUBAI MALL
THE TOURIST SHOT UNDER THE INTENSE HEAT

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Who cares of the endless perspiration when it’s not every day we get to experience the said weather and the landmarks.  The Dubai Mall was my refuge after the intense heat not to mention the fact that majority inside the mall are Filipinos. If not for the unique architectural designs, it feels like I never left the Philippines.

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DUBAI MALL'S BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED CEILING

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