Sunday 27 May 2018

Ibn Battuta Gate

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 158 Dubai Bluewater Islands and Dubai Eye. Man made island a 210m high Big Wheel
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 


  1. That’s a really interesting bit of history and looks like an amazing building.

    1. thank you, it's just at the end of our street

  2. I've never seen a wall quite like that! It really is impressive and inside too.

    1. I've only been in the hotel part, but it is huge

  3. Hi Suzanne, that is some bridge and I'm not sure if I would have felt comfortable drivng underneath it during construction!.. The time and effort that must have gone into designing the Ibn Battuta Mall is impressive.


    1. there's little worries about H&S here and they do work very fast

  4. That's really interesting, I love reading the story about it

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  5. Fantastic photos! The buildings and decorations are so interesting. They are so grand and impressive.

  6. Everything looks so amazing/different both inside and out. I'm not sure I'd know what to look at first. #MySundayPhoto

    1. it is stunning, but as it's our local mall, i've stopped looking at it all lol

  7. Blimey, it's all just amazing, love the framing on that first shot. #MySundayPhoto

  8. wow a geography lesson under one roof, round the world and back. Looks an interesting mall

  9. That looks amazing, what a great ace to explore.

    1. as it's our local mall, i've visited so many times, i've stopped looking

  10. Wow, absolutely Stunning. I love the first photo, such an interesting design but works really well X #nysundayphoto

  11. What an amazing complex, interesting to see how buildings have developed either side of the gate. The architecture over in Dubai is truly impressive! Sim x #PoCoLo

    1. the buildings in the back ground are the Marina