OK, that was a mall.

3 Feb

I took the bus to D*bai.  A commissioned car would have been about $100.  The bus cost $3.  That settled it.  Also, I wanted to see what the people who rode the bus were like. They seemed to be more of the elusive middle class that does live here.

I had studied the map and when the bus made a first stop, I thought, this can’t be far from my hotel, so I got off, got a cab, told him my hotel, and the cabbie said, “It’s right there.” Across the intersection. So I apologized and got out and walked it. Still it takes ten minutes when you are dealing with a major traffic clover that wasn’t designed to be negotiated by pedestrians. But after making it across most of the traffic, I saw this:

Not every day do you get off the bus and see the tallest building in the world.

I checked in and took a cab to the D*bai mall. In its crudest form, this is the logic that underlies everything I saw. We provide oil, for which you pay lots of money; we do magic tricks in the desert with it, and you pay more money to come watch them.

I saw pampered children skating in an ice rink the size of the ones used for professional hockey games.

I saw sharks and six foot skates (I think that’s what they were) swimming around in an aquarium two storeys high and one block long.

I saw a blonde in a flouncy mini dress standing next to a woman in a black niqab, both watching a model stride down a runway.

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