Global Village, is the highlight of the year in Dubai, this season opened to the public in November 2017 and has been stunning the masses since then. An enormous festival and shopping area only open during winter. It’s a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures and traditions, hosting colorful pavilions based on different countries. You can find Turkish rose perfumes, Nigerian spices, Egyptian scarves and a ton of cultural beauties from other parts of the world. Global Village also hosts cultural musical performances, a theme park, and an enormous range of food stalls and restaurants to indulge in culinary delights from around the world. Entrance is priced at 15 dirhams
There’s a lot you can do an Global Village and it can get overwhelming, with more than 75 countries represented across 27 pavilions which are truly a feast for the senses.
The Pavilions: What’s new
New pavilions are on display representing Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bosnia and the Balkans where visitors can sample authentic foods, purchase handicrafts and traditional clothing at the various bazaars. Some of the most popular pavilions are making a comeback this season including the UAE and Oman pavilions where you can visit the old perfume shops and new cultural experience zones. At the India pavilion, visitors can shop around more than 300 stalls and purchase authentic clothing and accessories made from cotton, silk, and leather.
Authentic and homemade products at the Turkey pavilion are always popular with visitors, especially the colorful glass and ceramic homeware decorated with Anatolian designs and calligraphy. Daily cultural shows are performed at the stage located within the China pavilion, which tell the story of the country’s rich history.
A new addition, Carnaval is a unique concept featuring award winning cultural shows for the first time at Global Village. Ideal for guests of all ages, the attraction includes 28 exhilarating rides, and more than 100 games in a new large arcade building designed as a carnival tent
The World on a Plate:
Don’t miss out on the food stalls lined up in all four corners of Global Village. These sell everything from around the world: from Japanese takoyaki to British fish and chips, from Brazilian chocolate desserts to Turkish gyros, from the famous kunafa from Palestine to tropical fresh juices from Thailand, the range of mouthwatering dishes is reason enough to visit Global Village.
This season, visitors can choose from 23 restaurants and cafes and nine new cuisines from Mexico, China, the Gulf and Cuba. Beyond the restaurants, there are endless flavorful street food options with more than 120 kiosks offering a wide range of authentic snacks, sweets and beverages.
This season, travelling to global village is going to be much easier, all the more reason to head on over. The RTA is introducing two new direct bus routes to Global Village for the new season. Route 102 will run from Rashidiya metro station and Route 106 will service passengers from the Mall of the Emirates station, both heading straight to Global Village every hour.
Celebrate the world’s diversity as you delve into this monumental festival.