Ibn Battuta was born in Tangier, Morocco in 1304 C.E. After receiving an education in Islamic Law, at the age of 21 he left home for Mecca on a hajj, a journey of 16 months. He did not return to Morocco for 24 years and continued to travel, mostly by land, surviving wars, rebellions and shipwrecks. His travels took him to North and West Africa, Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and China in the East.
Ibn Battuta Gate is a complex of apartments, offices and includes the Movenpick Hotel. Opened in 2005. The arched bridge connecting the buildings was constructed after the road was completed and the traffic continued to flow freely during it's construction. To the right and behind the building is the World's largest themed mall, documenting Ibn Battuta's travel.
Jumeriah Lake Towers and the Almas Hotel in the background. On the outskirts of Dubai, towards Abu Dhabi, 40 km from the airport.
Inside the Movenpick Hotel.
Ibn Battuta Mall, opened in 2005 and still expanding.
It consists of 6 courts, whose designs are inspired by the some of the countries Ibn Battuta visited.
My favourite coffee shop in Dubai
This post is part of a series of interesting building designs and constructions that I've had the privilege to visit in Dubai and around the world.
Week 159 Dubai Dubai Marina - Reflections
Week 160 Dubai Dubai Frame. A window between the Old and New Dubai and a 150m high glass floor.
Week 161 Dubai Dubai Marina 3 years apart.Week 163 Dubai New Metro Line for Expo 2020
Week 164 Arizona and Nevada Hoover Dam 2002 - 2010
Week 165 Dubai Dubai Opera House What a difference a year makes
Week 166 Dubai Unfinished buildings. The Pentominium
Week 167 Coventry Mixing the old and the new. Coventry Catherdral
Week 168 Dubai New Dubai Metro Station
Week 169 Dubai The new extension of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
Week 170 Dubai Hotel fire After the Address fire
Week 171 Dubai Unusual designs The Opus Building
Week 172 Dubai District Cooling. Keeping the desert cool.
Week 173 Dubai Can I visit the Burj Al Arab
Week 174 Dubai The Almas Tower
Week 175 Dubai The Cayan Tower
Week 176 Toronto The CN Tower
Week 177 Nevada The Paris Hotel