A shopping mall has opened in Kabul and Mall director Habib Safi is pretty sure that people will not only go there to escape some of the extremes in Afghan weather, but spend their money as well.
The ample lighting, meticulously clean aisles and Afghan pop music blaring from invisible loudspeakers baffle potential customers.
...gold, textile, furniture and electrical appliance shops and the cafй on the ground floor that offers "coffee to go".
The dresses displayed in his shop windows are imported from Turkey
But the most baffling thing to shoppers is the escalator
"People are afraid of the escalator. They are amazed to see something moving by itself," says Anwar Hussein, manager of the hotel that shares a nine-storey building with the shopping centre.
They may need some time to get acclimated...