For many in the modern world, consumerism is the greatest religion. Some consider shopping malls in the United States to be shrines of capitalism. The problem is that most, if not all, suffer from unappealing architecture. None compares with the great cathedrals or mosques of more traditional faiths.
This is not a mosque, rather a souk (which is Arabic for market or, in this case, shopping mall) in Dubai. One of many such elegant shopping emporiums.
This is also not a place of formal religion, rather a tiny portion of one of the largest shopping malls in the world. There are more elaborate bits, which I did not photograph. No American finance director has his dirty fingers in this project. Whoever constructed this knew that profit derives from spending money, not cutting costs on the building.
And, finally, this is not from a house of prayer, rather one hallway of a hotel in Dubai. Again, no one thought of cutting corners on the architecture by lowering ceilings to boost bottom line.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.