THE WORLD’S LARGEST THEMED SHOPPING MALL, IBN BATTUTA MALL, IS DESIGNED AROUND THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES OF RENOWNED ARABIAN EXPLORER, IBN BATTUTA.
MTE Studios completed the conceptualization, detail designs and architectural elevations for all the interiors in an intense period of six months, where after our art directors and project managers oversaw the implementation all the way to completion. The mall opened in April 2005 and is managed and owned by Nakheel Properties.
The court is modelled on the coastal towns of Tunisia and Carthage. White washed stucco facades, blue doors, wrought iron work and stained glass windows recreate the charm of centuries-old African souks, while the mosaic tiles speak of the influences of Moroccan royalty.
The artistry of Persia can be seen in the arabesque design of the court’s enormous dome. It’s arched passages, blue and turquoise mosaic walkway and magnificent brass chandelier immediately transports you to the vaulted streets of Baghdad.
The court captures the majesty and vibrancy of Imperial China, with spacious colonnaded halls and a coffered ceiling flaunting royal motifs symbolizing happiness and prosperity. The centerpiece is a full scale shipwrecked Chinese Junk, serving as a backdrop for a stage used for festivals and performances.
The splendour of India’s Mughal period is clearly evident in the court. Its central dome bears influences of the Taj Mahal. The court boasts two fully functional mechanical clocks, recreated faithfully form the medieval manuscripts of the Persian engineer, al-Jazari.
Egypt Court brings to life the wonder of its ancient history – pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphics and temples. Sandstone walls with carved hieroglyphics, papyrus columns, pointed arches of the central arcade, and majestic lanterns lend the feel of an authentic Egyptian bazaar. The centerpiece is a majestic working armillary sphere, inspired by the designs of medieval Muslim astronomers.
The court holds a distinct Andalusian flavour. The star-shaped ceiling and Fountain of Lions are inspired by the Alhambra Palace. The lofty halls and accentuated arches, take you back to the Grand Mosque of Cordoba.