Par­ent dis­ap­pointed by free at­trac­tions in malls

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS... -

As a par­ent try­ing to keep my three kids busy my eye was caught by the free shows and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer dur­ing DSS. I’m no fool so un­der­stand the aim is to get peo­ple into malls. How­ever, the qual­ity of the at­trac­tions vary greatly, with some dis­ap­point­ing. The good are those like the cir­cus at Mer­cato and Gruf­falo at Dubai Mall, while at the other end is Lego City at Ibn Bat­tuta. This is a cou­ple of tod­dler tables penned off by fences. As soon as we saw it, we left and said ‘we’re not go­ing back there’, back­fir­ing on the idea of giv­ing the shopper a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and en­cour­ag­ing them to hang around. Come on DSS, you can do bet­ter! Chad Dubai

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