The most admired shopping festival has started in Dubai. Yes, you have guessed it already. It is the global village, that seduces tourists from around the world. The whole mood of Dubai changes with the start of the global village, and the festive vibe adds to the elegance of the city. This winter attraction comes to life in October and ends in April.
To be accurate, Global Village Dubai opened on October 29, 2019, and will close on April 4, 2020. For tourists, winter in Dubai is associated with festivals, and Global Village is one of the most admired ones among them.
This year, global village season 24 has 26 pavilions that will take you to 26 different worlds. The featured countries include China, Egypt, India, Iran, Japan, Turkey, and the UAE. The UAE’s pavilion is designed to reflect the traditional Emirati culture and its unique architecture. An array of incense burners fills the whole place with fragrance, which defines the identity of Emirati traditions. Check the different perfumes, handicrafts, and oils popular in the country.
Needless to say, Global Village is a melting pot of varied cultures. You can ramble through the pavilions, which have an invaluable collection of the traditional handicrafts from more than 78 countries around the world. There are 3500 shopping outlets, food, rides, and live entertainment shows. Fireworks display will light up the whole area on Thursday and Fridays at 9 pm
Events at Global Village 2019-20
Global Village is a stage for numerous events with state-of-the-art light and sound techniques. The street performances like Bollywood Flash Mob and Double Dutch skippers will be a treat to your senses. The special theatre shows for kids have cartoon characters coming live on the stage and fun quizzes to test their reason.
The enthusiasts of the circus can admire the acrobatic skills of the Russian Swing or laugh out loud at the Columbian Clowns. This season, international stars are going to rock the stage with live concerts. Check the event calendar and don’t miss your favorite shows.
Global Village’s Carnaval
Carnaval is the new family park located in Global Village. It has several rides and attractions which everyone in the family will enjoy. 31 thrilling rides, 25 skill games, and more than 100 arcade games are sure to make your day. Shangh High is one of the tallest rides in the region, which will give stunning views of the city from a height of 85 meters.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is one of the most celebrated museums in the world. It has the rarest collection of things that may appear beyond the reason of human beings. It is the museum of oddities that may, at times, drive you crazy and make you shrug with disbelief. Global Village season 24 has an incredible collection of natural, scientific, and artistic surprises all under a single roof.
It comprises the Museum-attraction, Mirror Maze, Ripley’s Store, and Ripley’s Candy Factory. The museum-attraction has six galleries that take you to micro-miniature sculptures invisible to the naked and the larger than life sculptures. Try to find the exit at Mirror Maze, where you will be confused amid several mirrors. Ripley’s Store has some odd things to take home so that you can also surprise your loved ones. The colorful candies are sure to make your mouth water.
Tantalize your taste buds
More than 120 food kiosks ensure that you will have the perfect street food experience at Global Village. You can also go for the premium dining experiences at cafes and restaurants. Food trolleys offer traditional Emirati dishes, ice creams, and different kinds of candies across the Global Village.
The floating market is yet another interesting concept wherein you can dine from the boats. In the boats, you can find a blend of the East-Asian cultures, the different cuisines, customizable handicrafts, souvenirs, and beauty products of Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines in the floating markets.
Entrance fee at global village Dubai
While the entry fee to many of the attractions in Dubai may seem to be expensive for you, the ticket price of Global Village is very affordable. You can get into the multicultural shopping world at just AED 15. In many cases, you can also enjoy live entertainment shows without any extra costs. So, nothing can stop you from having unlimited entertainment at Global Village.
What is Global Village Wonder Pass?
Global Village has introduced the wonder pass in the 2019-20 season to give additional convenience for the visitors. With this card, you will get access to attractions like Carnaval, Stunt Show Survivor, Circus, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The card is rechargeable, and you can enter the mentioned attractions at additional ticket prices.
The cost of the card is AED 100, which comes with 105 points (five free points). Each point is equal to Dh 1, and that can be used to enter the attractions depending on the entrance fee. You can recharge the card from the ticket counters. Wonder passes are available at the ticket counters or on the Global Village website.
Following are the entrance fee structure of different attractions:
- Stunt Show Survivor – Dh10
- Circus – Dh15
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Galleries – Dh40
- Ripley’s Mirror Maze – Dh25
- Ripley’s Combo of Galleries and Mirror Maze entry – Dh50
Things to know
- Global Village ticket prices: AED 15
- Monday is a family day
village timings: From
Saturday to Wednesday from 4 pm – 12 am (entry gates close at 11:30 pm)
Thursday, Friday and Public Holidays from 4 pm – 1 am (entry gates close at 12:30 am)
- How to reach Global Village: It is located at Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road
- Buses are available from Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates and Al Ghubaiba.
Most of the tourists plan their visit to Dubai in winter. Global Village is a festival which is admired by the residents as well as tourists. Many of them visit Dubai in the cooler months mainly to visit Global Village, and others keep returning to the city every year to witness the grand shopping festival. Whether you are the first time or a frequent visitor, Global Village Dubai 24th season has oodles of things to give you the best shopping and entertainment experience.