Camel rides at Dubai Mall? World’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, largest fountain & aquarium.

Dubai camel rides, riding camels

I tried hard to ride a camel in Dubai... Due to a series of fiascos (I won’t go into detail, but it involved getting lost in the desert), this is the closest I got to one!

In this post, I’ll share my visit to the world’s tallest tower, largest aquarium, and glitziest mall.

Dubai Mall souk, camel statues

Dubai Mall, at over 12 million sq ft, ranks among the largest shopping centers in the world. (The New South China mall is number one, but with 99% of stores vacant, I say it doesn’t really count.)

largest mall in the world, Dubai shopping center

In contrast, Dubai Mall holds every imaginable international clothing and fast food chain, even Sweden’s Max Burger and the retro Rainforest Cafe.

Majlis camel milk chocolate shop

The “souk” part of the mall has more traditional garments and Majlis, a cafe for camel milk confectioneries. The real souk, or Arabian marketplace, is in a different part of Dubai and covered in this post.

camel milk ice cream, drinks in dubai

You could buy camel milk chocolates, shaped like the animal and wrapped in gold foil. To celebrate “hump day,” my film crew and I tried a saffron camel milk milkshake (not so good) and ice cream (tasted like regular fro-yo).

Dubai fountain, diver sculptures

The mall has a skating rink, and a waterfall fountain with diving men statues.

Dubai Mall aquarium, largest indoor aquarium

Plus the world’s largest indoor aquarium and underwater zoo. Doesn’t my hat look like a flounder? Ten seconds after Melissa took this photo, the security guard shooed me away.

shopping center, dubai malls, shops

Luxury brands are in this area of Dubai Mall.

burj khalifa, highest building in the world, tallest tower

Outside is the world’s largest choreographed fountain and highest building, Burj Khalifa. Sensing a theme here?

burj khalifa view, pictures, skyscraper

The best and cheapest way to get to the top: reserve tickets in advance. We asked our Fairmont The Palm concierge to make the arrangements; tickets are around $35 US, and worth it for this circuit-city view.

Dubai skyscrapers, twisting building, architecture

Isn’t Dubai an extraordinary city? The twisty-building is my favorite. Here are more photos of the crazy architecture, souk, and high fashion.

Dubai fashion blogger, arabian clothing

I leave you with my camel and outfit details. What do you think of this coordinate?

Extra large sun hat: San Diego Hat Company
Purple cardigan: Muji
Goth tank top: h.NAOTO, from Closet Child Harajuku
Striped lavender skirt: Peace Now, from Closet Child Ikebukuro
Summer sandals: Camper

Dubai luxury designer clothing, shopping

PS: my travel team and I are putting the finishing touches on our United Arab Emirates travel video… keep your eyes peeled, as it’ll be published shortly. (Photography by Melissa Rundle & Eric Bergemann.)

PPS: I invite you to add me on Google Plus, as I’ll be posting bonus material here.



  1. Risa
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Really nice place, huh?

  2. Josh
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink


  3. Zhang
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink


  4. MelissaR
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Yeah!!! Fabulous hat!

  5. Lyosha
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink


  6. mindy103
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    so cute!

  7. zetarabbit
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    can’t wait to watch this video

  8. Lodi
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I want to travel with you take me

  9. ! _!
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    love ya!

  10. Larla
    Posted August 30, 2013 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Amazing goods

  11. Flora O
    Posted August 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Camels ❤

  12. Isolde
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    I love love love the skirt ;) and your hat

  13. Renee
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Sandy Sugar Sprinkles!

  14. Sammi
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    GASP <3

  15. Koto
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    That hat is best thing I see all week.

  16. Dalia
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I always wanted to write a camel or elephant :-)

  17. Sama
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    I was waiting for this one!Thank you!

  18. Tracy
    Posted September 1, 2013 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    OMG I have that same picture only with me it lol!

  19. Ayu
    Posted September 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful outfit, dear. *-*

  20. Kenpachi
    Posted September 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I checked out your page and it’s awesome!

  21. Jon
    Posted September 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I tried camel milk once mixed with whiskey.

  22. kendy
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    the hat is like kentucky derby fabulousness

  23. Map
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    I love love love the skirt ;) and your hat,……………..

    • lacarmina
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 1:28 am | Permalink

      thank you darling! I’m glad I bought a bunch of Peace Now items before they closed down….

  24. Burhan Ibrahim
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Very nice pictures;)

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked with *