The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a very new country; it was founded just over 40 years ago. To stay that it has changed during that span of time would be an understatement. With the discovery of oil in the region, the country went from being sparsely populated with Bedouins riding camels in the desert to having ultra-modern, multicultural cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. (If you would like to find out more on the history of the country, you can check out this 9-minute video from the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC.)
For better or for worse, the UAE currently has a very strong mall culture, often with high-end boutiques. Though I am not a big fan of shopping, I do like to observe the aesthetics of any environment that I find myself in. The following pictures are reflective of the UAE’s ultra-modern shopping malls – with glass, cool metal, and clean lines everywhere. They are a stark contrast to how things must have looked like in this country, just several decades ago.