Monday, March 20, 2006

I want to be an Edutainer

In Dubai....the retail motto is: If it is worth doing, it is worth doing big - bigger than anyone else. Welcome to th IBN BATTUTA MALL!..the latest flavor of the month. It bills itself as Dubai's "biggest themed mall"...named after the 14th century Muslim geographer. The theme is built around the six regions that the explorer visited: China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and Andalusia.

And they hired a couple of full-time "edutainers", whose job is to dress up in ancient robes and offer guided tours through the 1.3km long mall. Interesting...i remember back home..i alway wanted to sign up as a volunteer tour guide for the Asian Civilisation Museum...just for up your all sorts of people...etc
The shops here...nothing to brag about. However, it's really the entire experience..their tagline: Six Malls, One Destination...I love it!
By the way, the blue sky in the picture is fake...they are actually ceilings...if u like the feeling of no sense of day and night while u shop...this one for u!


Blogger San Nakji said...

I hate it when you post about Dubai. It always makes me want to go even more. I have no money! Stop it immediately! ;o)

Seriously, this sounds like a really amazing place. Dubai is truly amazing.

9:10 AM

Blogger Harsha said...

I like the mercato ceiling too, during the day time or afternoon, shopping in natural light!

10:01 AM

Blogger Seabee said...

The approach to malls here is interesting - the mall is probably more important than the shops inside it. Ibn Battuta & Mercato are two good examples.
Interesting too that we have so many outside/inside places. You can't spend much time out of doors in the summer, so many buildings have the ooutside re-created inside. It's a feature of Tunisia Court at Ibn Battuta and all of Mercato.

5:08 PM

Blogger junebee said...

Here we have an amusement park called Epcot (a Disney spinoff) which is divided into sections called countries. They have Japan, China, France, England, Germany, Norawy and Morocco. Each section has buildings, landscaping, shops and restaurants related to that country. They've got real French girls in the French bakery and real British guys pouring beer in the English pub. Sort of the same deal as that mall.

We also used to have a park called Splendid China which had scale reproductions of things such as the Great Wall and other Chinese buildings. It was staffed entirely by Chinese and I think the Chinese government had a hand in it. It closed years ago though.

12:22 AM

Blogger black feline said...

nakji...despair not..u can raise the fund by selling your interesting pirate
harsha..thanks for popping by..Mercato is also one of my fav weekends' haunts..only regret..never got a chance to find a seat at Starbucks :(
seebee..thank you for popping by...the skylight thing..i suppose is also a good energy saving design..
junebee...wait till u see the Falcon a few years time..incl actual replicas of Eiffer Tower, Great Wall of China..etc BUT TWICE the actual size i read!!!!!!!

6:12 AM

Anonymous Tu Cong Van said...

People says DuBai is sucha great place to go but very expensive. Is that right or wrong? I wish I could go there.

11:34 AM

Blogger black feline said...

vietnamesegod ! what's happening? tried to access your blog many times but to no avail..hopefully..the new blog is ok...yes things are slowing escalating here...esp the rental :(

1:50 PM

Blogger Oricon Ailin said...

Very cool looking mall!! I am also fascinated by the Palm Islands they are building off the coast of Dubai. They are quite neat looking!!

Thanks for visiting my blog too! Very neat one you have here!

11:36 PM

Blogger Hasan Mubarak said...

That's so fascinating. It made me tempted, like other, to visit Dubai...

2:16 PM

Blogger black feline said...

oricon...thanks for popping by..:)

hasan....u day..soon..follow the Alchemist.:)

7:09 PM


Post a Comment

<< Home