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Swim with the sharks at the Dubai Mall’s Aquarium

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The Emiratis have transformed the mall concept it into a super souq of the future. By area, the Dubai Mall is the largest on the planet. And at how many other malls can you scuba dive with sharks AND visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, on the same trip? While surrounded by sand tiger sharks and manta rays in a 10 million liter fish tank, gaze through the largest acrylic viewing panel in the world upon the local desert tribes who have embraced modernity while still clinging to the old way of dress: local ladies in long, black sweeping gowns, clacking along in high heels to Victoria’s Secret; swarthy Emirati men in immaculate white shirt-dresses, sipping Starbucks; Bedouin grandmothers in burkas, waddling among the weekly throngs of 750,000 foreign visitors at the Dubai Mall.

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