Global Village – A Family Weekend Destination
The term Global Village represents the simplifying of the whole world into one village. Global Village was started as an initiative to showcase cultural diversity of the Dubai and the urban blend that the city with over 85% expat represents. As the name suggests Dubai’s Global Village is the amalgamation of different cultures, one-stop destination for shopping and entertainment, with over 30+ pavilions representing 75 different countries with unique cultures. There is definitely something magical about this place as this park gives the glimpse of different countries around the globe in just a few hours. Right from London’s Big Ben to the evergreen symbol of love Taj Mahal Palace or it can even take you to back in time to the ancient history of Egypt.
Both adults and children can enjoy in their time in the picturesque backdrop, bright and lively aura created by different kinds of shows, parades, street performances, and musicals. It does not end here the list goes on and on with more than 50 games, exciting rides at city’s largest funfair and delicacies from around the world. One can buy rose perfumes from turkey, antics from India, Nigerian spices, crafts from Egypt and much more. So here are a few things you need to know before you visit Dubai’s Global Village.
How To Reach Dubai Global Village
Global Village is located at Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Dubailand. There is no direct Metro to Global Village. You can only reach there by either the RTA bus or a taxi. Taxis are easily available across Dubai. However, if you have a budget constraint, this is not an option for you. Talking about public transportation the RTA has set up 2 new bus routes to allow the public affordable and easy-to-use methods of getting to Global Village to join in on the fun.
- (102) starts from Rashideya Metro Station.
- (103) starts from Ittihad Station and will pass by Baniyas Street, Al Rebat Street, and Nad Al Hamar.
- (104) starts from Al Ghubaiba Station and will pass by Sheikh Rashid Street, Al Jafiliya Metro Station, 2nd Za’Abeel Street, and Dubai-AlAin Street.
- (106) starts from Mall of the Emirates Metro Station.
- The service runs from 3:15 pm until 11:15 pm, with 30 minutes of travel time.
Hours Of Operation & Entrance Ticket Price
Global Village 2018/19 runs during the winter season from October 30, 2018, to April 6, 2019. Hours of operations are from Saturday to Wednesday from 4 pm to 12 am Thursday, Friday, and Public Holidays, 4 pm to 1 am, Mondays are dedicated to Families and Ladies only. Entrance fees are not that expensive it costs only 15 dirhams per person. However, Children below 3 and senior citizens above 65 have free entrance but official age proof is required.
Buy Rose Perfumes From Saudi Arabia & Emirates
The Saudi Arabian & UAE pavilions carry the sweetest in the entire Global Village, you are welcomed with the traditional odor ofbakhour and oud perfuming at the entrances. Both the countries are known for their perfumery skills so if you are a fan of deeper fragrances with traces of wood, rose, musk, tangerine aroma then you’ll have to purchase one or two bottles from here. And yes, who doesn’t like free stuff so you are always given a free body lotion or a matching perfume.
Get Antics From India
As soon as you reach the main entrance you are welcomed with peppy Bollywood songs at the Indian pavilion. This is also the largest pavilion, and visitors can spend several hours browsing its stall. However, the main highlight of this pavilion is Indian antics sold at the far-side-corner, with old gentleman speaking in century old-style English, selling muted antiques. Visitors can expect everything right from old watches to wooden chests, handicrafts to faded books.
Saffron From Land Of Iran
Considering a large number of Iranian expats living in Dubai, having an Iranian pavilion in the park is a must. Hundreds and thousands of Iranians flock to this pavilion to hoard Persian tea, nuts, spices and snacks. However, one cannot forget to browse through Iran’s speciality which is Saffron also known as yellow gold. The strong aroma and deep red colour give you the idea that is the finest saffron you can get in the world.
Try the saffron in warm water with honey, sprinkled on sweets, or mixed in with rich Iranian rice for the best flavours and aromas. Although it’s a bit expensive, it’s worth it to buy a small package if you want to try making your own Persian feast at home.
Food Stalls From Every Corner Of The World
Global Village is any food lovers dream with different cuisines in the display. Suppose you are not willing to eat burgers, pancakes, milkshakes or after the free samples of “makdous” labneh or creamy labneh. You still have different unusual treats to try from Japanese takoyaki to Brazilian chocolate, from Palestinian kunafa to British fish and chips and also lotus milkshake, fresh fruits and juices from Thailand, from wholly vegetarian to Bosnian kebab the list goes on and on. This place is definitely a heaven. So, what are you waiting for before the season gets over, go get a glimpse of different countries under one roof only at Dubai Global Village?