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The International Reporting (and Life) Adventures of Vivian Salama

Mega-mall opens with high hopes

Posted by vmsalama on November 4, 2008

I went to cover the opening of the highly-anticipated Dubai Mall this week — one of the largest malls in the world.  I have to admit, while I was a bit distracted by everything going on in the final days of the US elections, it was a lot of fun.  The highlight for most visitors is the aquarium — the largest in the world!!! There were divers inside the tanks feeding the shark as the media walked through.  We were literally dropping our noteboks and work cameras to pose next to the tanks.  However, for me and the 2 dozen-or-so Americans I spoke to on opening day, the highlight, by far, was Taco Bell – the first ever to open in the Middle East!!!  Nothing like some tacos and a little mystery meat to make you feel at home.

Here is an audio slideshow I did from the event with photos by my pal Nicole Hill.  

Click here: Opening Day at the Dubai Mall

(the audio quality is unfortunately not great, but you get the point.

And here are some photos I snapped with my personal camera.  

 

Inside the Dubai Mall aquarium tube

Inside the Dubai Mall aquarium tube

 

me - a bit captivated with the fish inside the Dubai Mall aquarium tube

me - a bit captivated with the fish inside the Dubai Mall aquarium tube

 

Inside the mall itself - note the not-so-subtle reminder that you are in the UAE

Inside the mall itself - note the not-so-subtle reminder that you are in the UAE

 

From the outside, Dubai Mall with Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, in the background

From the outside, Dubai Mall with Burj Dubai, the world

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3 Responses to “Mega-mall opens with high hopes”

  1. Faansaal said

    I recently visited the Dubai Mall, but when I reached the aquarium section, I felt terribly horrified and depressed at the sight of hundreds of big and small fishes, sharks, sting rays, etc together in a narrow and small water tank. I felt like I was hearing the distressful cries of the fishes there. It’s extremely cruel to have them there for our entertainment. It’s like putting lions, tigers, elephants, zebras, deer, rabbits, cats, rats, dogs, cheetahs, etc together under one roof in a 22-foot-long and 11-foot-wide living room. Even if one feeds them the best foods in the world it is against nature. This terrible cruelty to the innocent creatures should be noticed and stopped, who cannot even speak of their sufferings.Their world is the seas where they live in their own water terrirtories. If they die there, still they would have lived a free and a natural life. It should be closed and the species should be freed into the water again.

  2. Julian said

    just want to let you guys know its not the first taco bell iin the middle east. there was one in Saudi Arabia. I know because i ate there before having to leave to get out of scud missle range during the first gulf war.

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