Elephant Clock

Statue in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Image by Hayley Skirka Lonely Planet

If you don’t know the story behind it, you might wonder why people are taking so many pictures of an ornamental elephant. But when you learn it’s a replica of the famous water-clock invention by Muslim polymath Al Jazari and was crafted to the exact specifications of the 13th-century manuscript, you’ll join the snap-happy crowd. An Asian elephant, a Chinese serpent and an Egyptian phoenix represent cultural fusion in this horological masterpiece. It's worth a stop when visiting Ibn Battuta Mall.