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The dinosaur at the mall

A good thing about staying in the city of Dubai is that we get to see some pretty amazing things. Almost everything here is record-breaking or at least one of a kind! In March, a 155 million year old dinosaur fossil was put on display at The Dubai Mall (the largest in the world in terms of area). For some reason, we didn't see it until recently, and wow...that's a big dinosaur!

Dubai Mall dino skeleton


This fossil, was found in Wyoming, USA and brought here by the Emaar Group, which owns the mall. This particular dinosaur skeleton belongs to an individual from the Diplodocidae family, which had long tails and a small head.

The skeleton spans 80 feet (24.4 m) in length and 25 feet (7.6 m) in height. What's fascinating is that it's one of those rare specimens in which almost all the bones have been found intact and belong to the same dinosaur. This fossil was discovered in the Dana Quarry in the USA in 2008 and took two years to excavate.

I haven't seen a lot of dinosaur skeletons so it was an awe-inspiring sight for me, and Little Dude, who, I'm sure, couldn't figure out why this dinosaur looked so different to the ones he sees on Dinosaur Train!

Dubai Mall dinosaur skeleton

The dino is on permanent display at The Dubai Mall, so be sure to visit it if you are in the country!

This is a personal post, and not affiliated in any way with The Dubai Mall.


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17 comments

Louisa said...

Amazing!! You certainly wouldn't see anything like this is a shopping centre near me. #magicmoments

pixiedusk said...

Wow thats so massive! I love malls! I wish I can go to Dubai cuz Ive heard that the malls there are grand =) #whatsthestory

andthenthefunbegan said...

Wow. So much more interesting than the usual snacks stands or handbag sellers! #magicmoments

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, it is pretty extraordinary, but that's Dubai for you!

Tarana Khan said...

The malls here are stunning! I hope you can visit sometime.

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, yes it is pretty amazing!

Amelia Kumar said...

I went to Dubai mall when the sheet was covering the Dinosaur. Haven't been back to see it yet!

Tarana Khan said...

You can go anytime, really, it's hard to avoid Dubai Mall!

Coombe Mill said...

Wow that is quite a spectacle, you can't miss it anyway!

Charly Dove said...

Oh wow that's amazing Tarana! Must have been a sight especially to one something so huge. Must have been one of those oh my word kind of moments! Great post thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

Sara Murray said...

Gosh, that really is huge! What an amazing thing to be able to go and see! #MagicMoments

Tarana Khan said...

That's true, Fiona! It's quite a sight.

Tarana Khan said...

It was definitely memorable for us, Charly!

Tarana Khan said...

It was even more fascinating to see it up close!

greatbritishfamily said...

That really is an amazing thing to find in a mall!

Tarana Khan said...

It is, right? That's Dubai for you!

Shay Noble said...

OH MY GOSH!! My two would be beyond themselves with excitement at this! What a brilliant thing to find :)

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