Dubai Mall, which is taken as the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area. Wikipedia states that “over 12 million sq ft (equivalent in size to more than 50 football pitches), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha) and leasable space of 3.77 million square feet (35 ha). It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.”
The photo above was taken early 2013 near the Dancing Fountain. The Souk (which is a word for a traditional oriental bazaar) is called Souk Al Bahar (which means Market of the Sailor). Its website describes it as
an Arabesque shopping, entertainment and dining destination located in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Easily accessible through a stunning walkway from modern Dubai Mall, Souk Al-Bahar transports the visitor into ancient Arabic heritage and community. Its over 100 shops include 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges, mostly located along the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade overlooking the majestic Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building –the Burj Khalifa.
A visit inside Souk Al-Bahar is an experience in itself. Natural stone corridors, high archways, subdued lighting and arabesque decors of rhythmic linear patterns contribute to its charm. Its alleyways are lined with various shops – an eclectic mix of authentic handicrafts, jewelry, fashion wear, perfumes, carpets, furnishings, sports items, books; and the conveniences of modern times- from groceries to exchange houses. The smell of freshly baked bread from a nearby deli, the quiet cozy ambiance of a coffee shop, the delicate scent of spice and oils make the visit a feast for the senses. This combination of tradition and heritage, convenience, superb location, and exquisite dining experience makes Souk Al Bahar a vibrant waterside must-see destination.
The full res photo can be access via this link.