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Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

United Arab Emirates

November 2013

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates. We spent a week in Emirates Airline hub city of Dubai. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. It has the largest population in the UAE and the second-largest land territory. It's super modern, always under construction and one of our favourite destinations.

  • 10 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids

    10 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids

    United Arab Emirates

    What a city! Dubai is bursting with entertainment; it’s big, busy and just… wow! There is so much to do within this relatively new family travel hotspot, so give yourself enough time. Don’t just use it for a transit. We spent 3 days in the shopping mall alone!

  • 8 Ways A Family Can Spend 3 Days In Dubai Mall

    8 Ways A Family Can Spend 3 Days In Dubai Mall

    United Arab Emirates

    We had longed to visit Dubai and were breathtakingly excited to be spending 1 week there. We had been told by other travellers there was plenty to do and the informers were right. There simply was not enough time, especially when the world’s largest shopping mall (based on total area) was located a mere few train stops from our hotel.

  • When Was The Last Time You Played With Your Sega?

    When Was The Last Time You Played With Your Sega?

    United Arab Emirates

    Our third & final day at Dubai Mall. This time for some old school fun. It seemed like a lifetime ago I was playing Alex The Kid and Sonic The Hedgehog on my Sega Master System, and when we heard about Sega Republic in Dubai I had a teen-era flashback. A two level, 76,000 sq ft indoor complex featuring 14 thrilling attractions and more than 170 games, from cutting-edge motion simulators and virtual experiences to one of the region's largest assortment of skill and redemption games...

  • KidZania Dubai: The Kids Very Own City In The World’s Largest Mall

    KidZania Dubai: The Kids Very Own City In The World’s Largest Mall

    United Arab Emirates

    Located on the top floor of the world’s largest mall is KidZania. Our first experience of KidZania was last year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we visited twice and still didn’t finish all the careers they had on offer. This one in Dubai was no different. We spent 5 hours here (11am – 4pm) and did not even complete half of the 80 professions available.

  • Who Can Resist a Hotel With Free Chocolate Hour?

    Who Can Resist a Hotel With Free Chocolate Hour?

    United Arab Emirates

    One afternoon we stumbled into our family hotel at Movenpick weary and tired from a day full of adventure. At first my eyes were deceiving me as I gazed upon the oasis of multiple levels of flowing milk chocolate. Then I spotted the sticks with strawberries and marshmallows and the decadent sign made from chocolate with the words… “Chocolate Hour”. Gasp!

  • Watersliding With Sharks On A Man-Made Island

    Watersliding With Sharks On A Man-Made Island

    United Arab Emirates

    Based on our experience at the original Atlantis resort in the Bahamas we asked if there was a way to top that. And Dubai did it. Situated in Atlantis, The Palm, the Aquaventure Waterpark is the number 1 water park in the Middle East and Europe, located on an artificial island in Dubai. And we waterslided with sharks... 5 times!