Ibn Battuta and his Shopping Mall

October 8, 2009

8-730-9248 stock photo of United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall, arched ceiling with decorative tiles
Travel has not always been as easy as it is now. My journey from San Francisco to Frankfurt to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates was a scant 26 hours, relaxing in Boeing and Airbus comfort. Compare this to fourteenth-century traveler Ibn Battuta….

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July 23, 2008

8-730-364  stock photo of United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Two camels eating greens, low angle view

After five days of the fast hurly-burly of modern Dubai, hi-rise towers and freeways, I was eager to see the surroundings, an older, traditional, desert land stretching inland to the mountains…

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