Dubai hosts many attractions that are open only in the winter season. Global Village is one such seasonal event held between October to April every year. It is back with its 26th season this year that commenced on 26 October 2021 and will run until 10 April 2022. This cultural spectacle is a one-stop shop for exceptional shopping, entertainment, dining, and an array of other recreational options. We have created a comprehensive guide that will be helpful to enjoy this ultimate global extravaganza to the fullest.
Global Village Dubai: An Overview
Global Village Dubai brings together several nations under one roof. These nations put up their pavilions, providing enriching shopping, entertainment, and dining experiences. You can visit more than 26 pavilions from 80 different cultures this year. It spans 17,00,000 sq feet and attracts more than 5 million visitors every year.
Fabulous attractions at the Global Village this year
Global Village offers more than 40,000 entertainment attractions and special events, including rides, music concerts, live shows, dance performances, stunts, acrobatics, parades, and more. Let’s look at some of the main events you can enjoy at Global Village Dubai this season.
Tour the world
Set off on an exciting journey exploring numerous nations all on a single day. Your Global Village ticket takes you on a world tour with different pavilions showcasing the best of their countries. A new addition this year, among other excellent countries, is Iraq. You will also see replicas of iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, and so on, decorating the entrance of the respective nation’s pavilions.
Experience the Carnival
Spelled as Carnaval, this vibrant area is located between the Japan and Thailand pavilions. It gives you the feel of a lively carnival replete with dedicated game zones, a Ferris wheel, carousels, and more. It also consists of a 60-meter-tall observation deck called the Wheel of the World, from where you can see captivating 360-degree views of the entire venue. You can also watch eye-catching fireworks lighting the sky every Thursday and Friday at 9:00 pm this whole season.
Sample mouthwatering cuisine
Global Village is a heaven for food lovers. You can find more than 25 cafes, restaurants, over 120 food kiosks, and 15 train carriages, with 30 vendors offering scrumptious food. A new attraction this year is the Railway Market which is inspired by Thailand’s renowned Umbrella Market. For people with a sweet tooth, there is an assortment of baked goods, chocolates, sweets, and desserts from all around the world on offer.
Shop to your heart’s content
Global Village fulfills all your shopping cravings with thousands of retail outlets selling top-notch products. Whether it is sarees from India, honey from Yemen, perfumes from France, coffee from Turkey, argan oil from Morocco, or scarves from Egypt, you will find the most authentic products from all over the world.
Watch spell-binding performances
Global Village Dubai has more than 40,000 entertainment shows lined up for this season. Some of the international shows this year are Harbour Force Stunt Show, Burn The Floor and Swing Latino. There are many activities for your kids, such as interactive displays, pop culture memorabilia, visual illusions, mirror maze, and various other artifacts at The Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditorium. Another new attraction is the Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone, which takes you on a journey around the world across ages and times. The Dragon Lake consists of a 20 meters long fire-breathing dragon that is sure to leave you tongue-tied.
Global Village is open from 4 pm to midnight from Saturday to Wednesday, and 4 pm to 1 am on Thursdays, Fridays, and public holidays.
Best time to visit
You can plan your outing depending on what you would like to experience. If you want to watch fireworks, then visit on Thursday or Friday. Tuesdays are reserved for families and ladies. If you want to enjoy all the attractions leisurely, avoid visiting on weekends and public holidays as it gets crowded. The gates close 30 minutes before closing time.
How to reach Global Village?
Global Village is located on Exit No.37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE. You can easily access it in your private car or a taxi. You can also avail public buses operated by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority from the following four locations:
- Bus Number 102 from Rashidiya Metro Station
- Bus Number 104 from Al Ghubaiba Station
- Bus Number 106 from the Mall of the Emirates Metro Station
- Bus Number 103 from the Ittihad Station
Global Village’s ticket is for AED 20. You can buy online as well as at the entrance gate. Also, download the Global Village’s mobile app for easy navigation, paying for parking, and purchasing tickets.
All the safety measures are in place at the Global Village. Visitors must maintain social distancing, wear masks, and sanitize regularly. To avoid standing in queues, booking tickets online in advance is better. Don’t miss the Global Village, which is one of the marvelous experiences of your lifetime.