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01 December 2016

Global Village Dubai is a leading family entertainment and cultural attraction in the region that offers a unique shopping experience with its 30 pavilions, each representing a different country. Global Village offers several dining, shopping, and entertainment options for visitors to choose from. As far as family entertainment is concerned, Global village offers the best with shows ranging from stunt/thrill shows, bespoke shows, street performances, and cultural shows from across the world, packing every minute full of entertainment.

Launched in 1997, this is the 21st season of Global Village, which has all along provided a cosmopolitan and diverse shopping experience to millions of visitors. Also, all these years, guests have been entertained with exclusive live performances, delicious international cuisines, thrilling new rides, authentic crafts and merchandise from its worldwide pavilions.

Now, the 21st season of Global Village 2016-17 is getting even bigger and better, with an expanded array of attractions, entertainment and concerts.

Global Village Dubai

Location

In the early days of its launch, Global Village was based on the Creek side, followed by Oud Metha and then the Dubai Festival City. However, since 2005, Global Village has been permanently located on Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road Exit 37.

Managed and operated by the RTA, traditional 'Abras' are used to transport visitors to and from the Central Lake of Global Village, to view the pavilions and the whole Global Village site. There is also the Global Village Mini Train, which is ideal for little explorers to tour around the park.

Entertainment

The 20th season of Global Village offers the best in family entertainment, as it hosts shows ranging from thrilling stunt shows, street performances, bespoke spectacular shows, and cultural shows from across the world. Global Village emphasizes that families will enjoy every minute at the Village with plenty to see and do, as the village hosts more than 12,000 shows in just five months.

Not to be missed this season are the firework displays on Thursdays and Fridays at 9pm, and the Parade every Friday at 8.30pm.

Concerts

This season, Global Village will be hosting concerts every Friday, with entry ticket priced at Dh.15. International stars from across Asia, Middle East and the world, will take to the Main Cultural Stage every Friday 9pm. Among the confirmed list of participants are Milka Singh, Cheb Khalid, Sunidhi Chauhan, Atif Aslam, Mohammed Assaf, and Omar Abdul Lal.

Stage Shows

The Global Village Cultural Main Stage will offer you a new kind of entertainment this year, ranging from traditional stories depicting a blend of festivals introduced with latest light and sound techniques to special effects that can surely awaken your senses.

Cultural shows

Global Village showcases culture and heritage of various countries, and just as is the case every year, this year too Global Village will host variety of shows on the main cultural stage representing different cultures.

Globo Shows

Global Village will continue to present the much awaited Globo Shows this season, wherein Globo and his friends will be seen overcoming every obstacle with the help of kids from the audience. The show offers opportunities for kids to meet and play with Globo and this season, Globo’s gang will include two new friends, the Bat and the Kangaroo.

Pavilion Shows

The entertainment and cultural shows at Global Village are not limited to the main stage and street performances alone. Every pavilion will accommodate dance and music that showcase the culture and heritage of the country they represent. The show will include dance performances like traditional Arabic dance, Yemeni dagger dance, the UAE’s traditional Yola, and more.

National Day Celebrations at Global Village

As UAE celebrates its 45th National Day, Global Village joins the celebrations by organizing a series of events from the 1st to 6th of December 2016. Listed here are some major events during this period.

UAE the Nation of Tolerance

Global Village presents the Operatta “UAE The Nation of Tolerance”, the largest musical theatre production during the 45th National Day celebrations from 1st to 6th December 2016 on the Main Cultural Stage. There were 40 performers from the Ornina Theatrical Dance Group which enacts the Operatta with a wonderful visual show.

Emirati Concerts

Global Village presents two concerts in one day with the popular Emirati singers, Mohammad Al Minhaly and Walid Ibrahim.

Shaabiat Al Cartoon

Global Village presents the most popular Emirates Cartoon Show, Shaabiat Al Cartoon, with popular charater, Shambiah being on the main cultural stage.

Emirati Shows

Emirates shows will be presented by Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, involving lot of cultural shows with Emirati performances like Al Harbiya, Ayyala, Al Yolla on the main cultural stage.

My Blood, My Country Campaign: Global Village hosts ‘My Blood My Country’ campaign for blood donation in a special tent near Gate of the World, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

Fireworks display and Carnival of the World: The sky of Global Village will be lit with an amazing fireworks display, while the Carnical of the World will take to streets of Global Village with cultural shows from over 75 country pavilions.

Special Attractions

This year, the special attractions lined up in Global Village include:

Children Kingdom: Global Village, like always is special for children, and this season, the Village has already allocated a Kingdom for them. It is a place where children of all age groups can have fun, entertainment and happiness. Children Kingdom has a professional team and specialists trained in dealing with Children. You get to enjoy Global Village events and activities and can be assured that your children get their share of fun and entertainment.

The Fantasy Island: Global Village presents ‘The Fantasy Island’, operated and managed by the British Organization, ‘Mellors Group, comprising ‘The Fantasy Funfair ground’ aimed at wooing families and adventure seekers. It has various skill-based games and thrill rides, apart from children’s rides, and family rides, with a starting fare of Dh.10.

Shopping

Global Village hosts more than 3500 shops, which makes it the ultimate destination for authentic shopping, as it displays a mix of modern and cultural products and unique handmade global items. The retail outlets at Global Village exhibits culturally rooted products like handicrafts, desserts, traditional cuisines, all prepared right in front of visitors, apart from other authentic products, to draw tourists every season. Global Village also includes about 150 different kiosks, offering a unique shopping experience in the form of top art handicrafts, and authentic products from across the world, apart from food and beverages. The International pavilions at Global Village include those from MENA and Far East regions, Europe, America, Africa and South Asia.

This 21st season involves participation of about 30 pavilions representing cultures of 75 countries, with a Far East pavilion representing Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Philippines, joining in for the first time. Also, Algeria pavilion and Eastern Europe pavilion representing Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine, will join in. The Jordanian pavilion will be returning from the 19th season.

Among the other participant pavilions are UAE, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, America, Iran, Palestine, Thailand, Morocco, Yemen, Kuwait, Africa, China, Spain, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Qatar, UK, France, Germany, KSA, Egypt, Syria and India pavilions, apart from the Khalifa Foundation and Forsati.

New cultural landmarks have been included in all pavilion entrances in the cultural corners to highlight the important features of various countries, as a means to enrich visitors’ cultural experience at Global Village.

Dining

Global Village unveils the world of cuisines to visitors, with its long list of menus ranging from local to international restaurants, snack outlets and cafes. Even the savour of fruits to Global Village is brought in from various continents. Global Village this year, presents a collection of 17 restaurants, hosted with international cuisines, offering visitors a unique culinary experience. Among the list of restaurants this year are, Galito’s restaurant, Bab Tuma, Wok In a Box, Reem Al Bawadi to name a few. One of the popular cafes at this year’s Global Village is ‘Nattas Café’, a Portuguese coffee shop and ‘Churros’ for snack and fried dough.

Apart from the said, Global Village will be back with more than 120 themed food kiosks offering street food experience, covering a large variety of cuisines and offering guests a taste of authentic flavours and the ultimate in street food experience.

Ticket Prices

The general admission tickets at Global Village are open for sale at all Global Village gates at a price of Dh.15. The family pack costs Dh.199, while economy pack costs Dh.99. Entry ticket for family pack is priced at Dh.10

Global Village Timing

1st November 2016 to 8th April 2017
Saturday to Wednesday - 4pm to 12am (Entry Gates Closed at 11.30pm)
Thursday, Friday & Public Holiday – 4pm to 1am (Entry Gates close at 12.30am)
Monday – Family Day (Except Public Holiday).

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Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries