Global Village is a seasonal attraction and shopping extravaganza held in the cooler winter months. Over five million people are expected to attend this year; its twenty-first season.
The attraction features over 30 pavilions. Each showcases a country’s handicrafts, merchandise, and cuisines. Countries represented in 2016/17 include the UAE, Qatar, Iran, China, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Russia, Egypt, and India.
Global Village offers an extensive events and entertainment programme. A fireworks display is held on Thursdays and Fridays at 9 pm. International stars perform every Friday.
Stages shows in 2016/17 include Movies Live (film tribute show), Park Life (circus show), and City Jam (dance show in an urban environment).
The Fantasy Island funfair offers rides for both adults and children (dodgems, coasters, Ferris wheels etc.).
Onsite facilities include around twenty restaurants, over 120 food and beverage kiosks, retail stores, a foreign exchange kiosk, ATMs, an information desk, and toilets.
Global Village 2016/17 runs from November 1 2016 to April 8 2017. Opening hours are Saturday to Wednesday 4 pm to midnight, and Thursday and Friday 4 pm to 1 am. Monday is family day.
A small admission fee is charged (15 AED for 2016/17). Entrance is free for children under aged three and younger, seniors, and special needs visitors. The Fantasy Island fairground rides cost extra. Family packages priced at 99 AED are also available. Each package includes four entry tickets, 75 AED credit for the rides at Fantasy Island, and a valet parking ticket.
The Global Village is situated on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Dubailand, just east of Arabian Ranches. Plenty of free car parking spaces are available.
The Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) are running two bus services to Global Village. The 103 service departs from Union Metro Station in Deira while the 104 service leaves from Al Ghubaiba Metro Station in Bur Dubai.
Click here for a detailed map showing all points of interest.
United Arab Emirates