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Dubai Global Village

13 October 2015

Global Village is Dubai’s leading family entertainment and cultural attraction that offers unique shopping experience through its 31 pavilions, each representing a different country.

Global Village offers various dining options, entertainment, shopping, and thrilling rides for children at the Fantasy Island. Global Village offers best family entertainment experience too, with shows ranging from stunt/thrill shows, street performances, bespoke shows and cultural shows from across the world. Families will have every minute packed with entertainment at Global village, with so much to see. This 19th edition of Global Village will host more than 12,000 shows in little more than 5 months.

Managed and operated by the RTA, the traditional ‘Abras’ are used to transport visitors and take them on tours across Global Village’s central lake to view the pavilions and entire Global Village site from a different perspective. The Global Village Mini Train is ideal for little explorers, as it takes children on tour around the park, showing them the best of what it offers.

The ‘Cultural Arena’ is home to World Culture Stage as a range of cultural shows are held here on a daily basis, particularly on weekends when special concerts and festivals are organized by popular singers.

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The Fantasy Island:

The Fantasy Island in the Global Village is operated and managed by the British Organization ‘Mellors Group’ with more than 100 years of experience in the field. The Fantasy funfair ground has several skill-based games and thrill rides aimed at attracting families and adventure seekers. The rides here include children’s rides, family rides and thrill rides. All rides charge a fee starting from Dh.10.

Special Attractions:

Some of the special attractions in Global Village this year are

The Heritage Village

The Heritage Village at Global Village is operated by Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre. Visitors can walk through the Heritage Village and view Bedouin life representations.

The 3D Haunted House

This is one of the most exciting features of the Global Village this season, which includes a frightening walk through a horrific maze, covered with all sorts of gruesome objects, plenty of scares etc.

Al Remal Pit

Includes various sand sculptures shaped in famous historical and tourist attractions from around the world, apart from animals and Disney characters in a unique way that amazes all.

Illumination World

It is introduced for the first time in the region comprising typical architecture and landscape of different countries around the world, highlighted through use of lantern art.

The Animals Land

Includes variety of moving sculptures of animals made of silicon, present for educational and learning purposes.

Pre-historic Oceanarium

It brings to life sea creatures dating back to 200 million years, using latest 3D technology, to explore ocean’s depth and discover a world of wild predators.

Global Village Shows:


Musicians and singers from across the world gather at Global Village to put up spectacular shows, live musical performances in Arabic, Far Eastern, Indian, Afghani, and Africal styles, all for the price of a Global Village entry ticket.

Thrill shows

The Global Village thrill show is a wondrous spectacle for visitors of all age groups, as it includes some crazy stunts, fantastical performances and thrilling daredevils.


It combines the best of Global Village’s street entertainment and atmosphere performances to give visitors an all-encompassing experience which includes opportunity to view great acts and street performances.

Cultural Shows

Every pavilion at Global Village showcases the culture and heritage of their country through traditional shows to entertain visitors with dance and music on a daily basis.

Kids and Family Entertainment: The show brings with it an opportunity to enjoy together several bespoke shows and unique experience for the whole family all through the season on multiple visits.

The Covent Garden Street Festival: The festival which runs during the month of March would include performances by phenomenal street artists.


Authentic shopping is possible at Global Village with more than 3500 shops at the park, making it the ultimate destination for a mix of modern and cultural products and unique handmade global items.

The retail outlets at Global Village exhibits culturally rooted products ranging from handicrafts, traditional cuisines, to desserts, prepared afresh in front of visitors, apart from authentic products that draw tourists every season.

The Global Village also includes 150 different kiosks, offering unique shopping experience through top art handicrafts, and authentic products from around the world, apart from food and beverages.

The international pavilions at Global Village range from MENA and Far East regions, to Europe, Africa, America and South Asia.


The world cuisines at Global Village includes list of long menus from international to pavilion restaurants, snack outlets, and cafes. The savour of fruits is brought to Global Village from across various continents.

Ticket prices:

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

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Robin Vinod

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