Budai (The Laughing Buddha) – China

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While I was looking for traditional items in Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, I saw this sculpture nearly everywhere! And so I asked about it and I found out that it is a Chinese Buddha.

What I noticed about this specific Buddha is that he looks like an old, bald, fat man wearing a robe, and he also looks like he is smiling! And when I searched about it, I realized that he is actually called (The Laughung Buddha).

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According to Wikipedia, the sculpture resamples a real man who lived in China during the Later Liang (907–923 AD), and he was considered a man of good and loving character.

The Chinese believes that rubbing Budai’s belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity!

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Egyptian Belly Dancing Belt

Belly Dancing is a famous type of dancing that started in Egypt in 1800. And according to Wikipedia, the belly dancers in Egypt used to dance to the kings as entertainment and it was counted as an art of seduction!

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This picture shows the “Belly Dancing Belt”. I took this picture in Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Dubai.

The belt is the most important part of the Egyptian belly dance-wear. As you can see, the belt is made of fabric. It has different colors, and it mostly has small coins or bells, therefore when you move the hip it will make sounds with the movement. Cool ha?

I love Egyptian Music! and I really enjoy belly dancing.

Mosaic Glass Lights from Turkey

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This is the famous Turkish mosaic glass lights.

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I took these pictures from Souq Qariat Al Barri in Abu Dhabi.

These mosaic lights are unique for their colors and designs. They are used as table lamps or chandlers, and they are all handcraft made.

As I asked the seller about it, he said that these mosaic lamps were used 500 years ago by the Ottoman Empire, and only those royal family could afford it.

They are still used now as decorations, or to symbolize the Turkish Culture.

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I was very amazed by the colors and the details in the exterior.

Nobility of Time – London

This is a picture I took four years ago in downtown London, Westminster Bridge.

It is one of Salvador Dali’s inspired statues of the melting clock called “Nobility of Time”, built in 1977 from bronze.

The statue is about a clock hanged on a tree with two figures on the sides; an angel on the right, and a woman on the left. The clock has a crown on the top that signifies the time’s power over human and all creatures.

I mostly liked how the clock looks like it is really melting, I was very curious to know the meaning behind it. It looks as if it shows that we cannot redo our actions in life.

Such a masterpiece!