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Dubai Attractions

Global Village Dubai 2013 - 2014

Event Location: Global Village, Dubailand

Event Sector: Festival, Shopping

Time period: 5th October 2013 to 1st March 2014

Global Village is the nation’s biggest shopping arena, which opens up again in October this year, with a world of options to general public. It is the largest seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region, offering an amazing array of festivals, shopping and entertainment in an open-air theme park. Global Village at Dubailand is claimed to be the world’s largest tourism, leisure and entertainment project, with more than 6million annual visitors.

Global Village DubaiGlobal Village is associated with the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), although, the Global Village event opens before DSF, and runs longer than DSF. The first season of the Global Village was in 1996, held on the Deira side of Dubai Creek in the car park opposite the Dubai Municipality building. Later on, Global Village moved to Oud Metha, Dubai Festival City, and finally to Dubailand location.

The Global Village in Dubailand, Emirates Road, is sign-posted from Dubai-Al Ain and Dubai-Hatta roads. It is linked to all emirates of UAE via road network. Apart from just housing the pavilions of various countries, the Global Village accommodates shuttle transport services, restaurants and massive parking areas.

India Pavilion in Global Village DubaiIt includes collection of pavilions, representing various countries from around the world, selling trinkets, clothes, food, electronics, antique items, carpets and just any other item, which represent each culture and country across the globe. Shopaholics can lay their hands on a plethora of items that are otherwise unseen in UAE. You can get stuff at cheaper prices here, if you are good at bargaining.

This entertainment and shopping destination is open all 161 days and hosts 70 participating countries, presented in 36 pavilions, with more than 50 fun rides and 26 restaurants offering food from across the globe.

Last year (2012), there were more than 2500 pavilions in the show, 3000 participating artists, and more than 65 participating countries. Last year’s event had more participation from Europe, besides Asian and Arab countries.

Other major family entertainments in the Global Village are the Fun fair theme park rides, entertainment and services, provided by Mellors Group Events, UK, for the year 2013-14. The Global Village offers a small selection of theme park rides, games and amusements, including the Ferry Wheel, Roller Coaster rides and other prize-winning activities.

This year visitors can expect various surprises and innovations. The organizers have also announced the sale of exclusive VIP packs this year, with limited edition of VIP packs entitling visitors to host benefits including VIP car passes, fantasy island tickets, valet parking, VIP entry tickets and fantasy island tickets and other privileges. For VIP Pack details contact 04-362 4114.

Among the exciting shows will be the new iconic 3D mapping show, apart from Chinese Circus, trapeze artists, and a tightrope performance. The street shows will include Emirati performers, a Lion dance, Drumming Circle and Fire Show. As for cultural shows, there will be Bollywood dance troupes, Polynesian dancers, performance with Aboriginal Australians, and African shows with artists from Ghana and West Africa.

The entry fee is Dh.10 for adults, while kids have a free entry to the venue. Mondays are allocated as ‘Family Day’ which is exclusively for families, and no single men are allowed entry on Mondays.

For more information on shows and events at the Global Village, log on to www.globalvillage.ae or call 04-3624114.

Timings

Saturday to Wednesday (4:00pm to 12:00am)
Thursday and Friday and Public Holidays (4pm to 1am)
Monday – Family day

Global Village - Dubai Shopping Festival 2011 Video

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