So I first headed to the Arabic area of the mall which had stores basically catering to consumers in this part of the world.
I didn’t have anything particularly in mind. I just wanted to see what kind of goods were being sold here.
But at one of the stores, a beautiful Arab dress caught my eye because of its gorgeous design and also its unusual cut.
It was an Arabic dress but it could easily also be an unusual Western-style long dress that’s on the conservative side.
I just had to have it for some fancy event in Manila.
GIVING IN TO A WHIM
For a long time now, as well, I’ve been eyeing Arabic lamps for my house.
However, I’ve never bought any even during my many trips to Turkey, as I’ve always either maxed my luggages or else I was still heading for other destinations.
Buying bulky lamps just seemed too impractical.
Well, this trip to Dubai was a perfect situation as I had adequate luggage allowance, almost no luggage (it was a very short trip), and it’s a direct flight to Manila.
It was now or never, and some hefty discounts just sweetened the deal.
I ended up buying two.
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LEBANESE AND SOME AMAZING FOUNTAINS
FOR DINNER IN DUBAI
Finally my shopping spree was over and it was time to meet my friends for dinner.
Most of them aren’t really shoppers so they spent the afternoon at the bookstore in the mall. I passed by the bookstore, as well, on my way out, to pick up some hard-to-get books on life in the Middle East.
This is a region that is endlessly fascinating to me.
For dinner, we headed over to the adjacent souk which has a very good Lebanese restaurant with a perfect view of Dubai’s famous fountains.
The Dubai Fountains come alive every evening to classical music, Arabic music, and even Thriller by Michael Jackson.
A DISAPPEARING ACT
We had the usual mezze and selection of kebabs, but I was really full still from lunch.
So instead, I disappeared from the table every so often to go downstairs and check out the stores in the souk.
On my second disappearance, I was found out because I returned to the table with another really bulky package containing another lamp.
I also picked up a gorgeous silver wall decor from Yemen, that’s now hanging somewhere along my hallway at home.
By the way, the Dubai Fountains are something you definitely should not miss when you’re in Dubai.
I’ve seen lots of fountains before. So I was quite blase about it when someone mentioned it.
But when it actually came on, just as we were having dinner at the Lebanese restaurant, I was completely mesmerized.
What a show. What a city.
And, yes, what a shopping mall.Even in a never-endingly eventful Travelife.