Have you heard about Global Village Dubai? If not, you are in the right place to know everything about it and to start planning your visit as it is a must-see when you are in Dubai. Global Village Dubai is an enormous multi-cultural amusement park for adults, teenagers, and children. There is so much to see, do, and eat that even one visit will not be enough. So you want to know what to do in Global Village Dubai? Let’s start.
About Global Village Dubai
As mentioned above, Global Village Dubai is a multi-cultural amusement park located near Dubailand, Sheikh Mohamed Zayed Road, and Emirates Road. It is a seasonal park open from the end of October until the beginning of May.
There are about 26 pavilions representing different cultures and new ones are added, over 170 thrilled and family rides and games, more than 200 different restaurants and street food concepts from all around the world, you can see 40 000+ entertainment shows and you can shop in more than 3 500 outlets. Quite huge numbers for one day visit, right? Let’s see it in more detail.
1. What pavilions are in Global Village
At this time there are 26 pavilions representing 80 different cultures. It is like traveling the world in one day. You can find there of course UAE, Europe, America, Thailand, Turkey, China, Africa, Egypt, India, Japan, South Korea, Marocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Cambodia, Vietnam, Russia, and more.
Each pavilion represents the country through architecture, food, entertainment, and native products. So if you ever wished to visit any of these countries, you can come to this particular pavilion which made you feel you are in the country.
2. Live shows and concerts
There are different live shows and concerts happening in Global Village. You can watch cultural performances or international street entertainments. If you have children, there are many kids’ shows happening too. In case you like adrenaline, you can watch stunt performances on the main stage that will pump your heart.
Not only shows but also live concerts of famous celebrities all around the world are happening here. During the weekend you can look forward to spectacular fireworks, fire and fountain shows.
The Carnaval area of the Global Village vibrates in colorful lighting and brings fun to all ages. Whether you like adrenaline or you are coming with children to have some fun, there are many different rides for everyone. Not only rides but also many different games from the newest virtual games to the classic older games are there for you to try. You will definitely enjoy spending time here and you feel like a kid again.
4. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Would you believe it? Ripley’s Believe It or Not can be found in Dubai. For those who don’t know it, it is an American franchise museum with the most bizarre and weird events and items to display. Not only is the museum with historical artifacts, inspiring art, and unbelievable stories of people and places all around the world, but you can also enter a mirror maze, experience 4D theater, and get some souvenirs from the merchandise shop.
5. Circus Circus
Circus Circus is a circus tent that takes 500 visitors to watch spectacular shows by talented acrobats from around the globe. The acrobatic stunt shows and Russian wheel of death will give you goosebumps and make you stand from your chair. In order to get your seat, it is better to make a reservation in advance. Except for acrobatic shows, you can look forward to some funny clowns performances.
6. Go back to the Ancient Emirati Era
As the Emirati culture is not well known, they prepared a program called “Live our Heritage Festival”. Through this program, you can experience Emirati culture and ancient lifestyle. You can see the traditional crafts, the way they made perfumes, coffee, and much more. Moreover, you can watch Arabian Folk dance and learn new information about it.
7. Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone
This is a new zone inspired by the television series of Peter Rabbit. This area is a paradise for the little ones. They can jump and climb in Squirell Nut Activity Park, pot and plant in Mr. McGregor’s garden, and even take a plant home as a souvenir. They can search for Peter Rabbit characters in Radish Dash Maze while trying to find the way out and participate in the Scavengers Hunt game. While children are having fun, parents can enjoy a cup of coffee, food, or organic fruits at Mrs. Rabbit’s Fresh Farm Cafe.
Dining in Global Village Dubai is another incredible experience. There are more than 200 restaurants, street food options, cafes, and floating markets available. You don’t have to limit yourself to Arabic type of food. As Global Village is a multi-cultural park, you will find food from all over the world there.
For example, in the street food options, you can get Italian pizza in a cone, and Turkish doner kebabs, and in Indian Chaat Bazaar you get sweet, spicy, tasty Indian food. In Floating markets, you will experience Asian heaven where you can taste noodles and seafood dishes, and try Indonesian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean dishes. Railway Market is inspired by a market in Thailand and is a paradise for sweet lovers. You can try different cakes, pastries, chocolate, desserts, ice cream, and different types of sweets.
Shopping in Global Village Dubai is also a unique experience. 3500 outlets with items that represent different cultures, like Iranian saffron, Turkish sweets, Afghani and Indian outfit, Maroccan Argan oil, perfumes, spices, and many, many more. There are always unusual things that you can buy here and take back home.
For shopaholics, there is Dubai Shopping Festival happening every year in January. All Malls in Dubai provide special discounts and Global Village is not an exception. Moreover, you can participate in some contests to win prizes.
10. Plan your visit
Opening hours: Open during the season from October till May.
Monday-Thursday: 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Friday – Sunday: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Tuesdays – are reserved for families and ladies
Please check their website before visiting as the opening hours and date for season openings can change.
How to get there: You can get there by car, the car park is available, by taxi or by bus, Route 102 from Rashidiya Metro Station, Route 103 from Union Metro Station, Route 104 from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, and Route 106 from Mall of Emirates Metro Station.
How much is the entrance: Adults – 15 AED, Children under 3 – free
- No pets allowed
- Dress modestly
- No segway, scooters, or bicycles
- The best time to come is at 4 pm when the door opens, weekends are busier, so to avoid crowds, come during the weekdays
There are so many things you can do in Global Village Dubai. From watching the circus, experiencing rides and playing games, tasting different types of food, shopping, and of course going around the world while having so much fun. Visiting Dubai Global village is not only worth it but definitely one of the things on your bucket list.