... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

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Yesterday my sister and co-blogger Dana wrote an eloquent post entitled Cops and Robbers, saluting Atatiana Jefferson whose life was snuffed out in a senseless police killing.

I won’t expand on this as Dani captured the tender age of twenty-eight and the hopes and dreams and aspirations we all have at that stage of life brilliantly. 

So, because I have a couple more stories about the fascinating Emirate Dubai, I thought I’d share one of them today..

Okay. Imagine a shopping mall so big that there’s an app to help you navigate it. Seriously.

The Dubai Mall is the second largest mall in the world by total land area.It encompasses a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet–that’s about the size of 102 football fields. Can you imagine??? More than 54 million people visit this mammoth mall each year. Understandably so as there are over 1,200+ retail stores. Every brand or designer label your heart could possibly desire is there. Yep, just get started on Fashion Avenue and you can go from Armani to zero dollars (or UAE Durham, the local currency) quicker than you think.

Housed in this über gigantic retail complex amongst so much eye candy, is the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo which showcases more than 300 species of marine animals; an indoor theme park with about 150 games, a 22 screen movie theater and what would a shopping mall be without a haunted house named  Hysteria. There are also banks, a hospital clinic, prayer rooms… the Dubai Mall  is a world within a world.

And of course after all that retail therapy, you’re going to be starving. No worries. For breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacking or just because it’s there, you can choose from the Mall’s 200+ restaurants and cafes. I’m not a mall kinda girl–but of the times I have visited shopping malls, I’ve never seen food like this! The kitchens of America, China, Japan, Asia, Britain, Italy, France, India, Healthy, Kid Friendly, Special Deserts, of course Starbucks as well as other coffee and juice specialty stores–and for sure something that presently escapes me–are represented there. Now, what you won’t find in any of these restaurants is alcohol. You won’t find any alcohol in the Mall at all which is probably good so you can stay sober and keep shopping. As a matter of fact, you won’t find alcohol in grocery stores and in only select hotels and restaurants–and not before noon.

The last thing I want to do when I travel is hang out in a mall, but the Dubai Mall is just something you have to see and it is fascinating. With my hotel being built adjacent to it, getting there was very convenient. I found the store and restaurant employees were very friendly and extremely helpful in pointing out directions – on how to get outta there. It was packed. I mean, I’ve never seen the likes. It’s totally understandable with its being located at the base of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain which is the world’s largest musical fountain and the city’s most popular free tourist attraction. But good grief, it was crowded!!!

One more thing. I didn’t come across any couples holding hands strolling through the mall. Public displays of affection are illegal. So you won’t see any kissing and hugging or booty claps. Probably a good thing so that your hands are free for carrying all those shopping bags…