Global Village Overview
Global village is a seasonal attraction and shopping extravaganza held in the cooler winter months. Over five million people are expected to attend in 2015/16. The attraction features over 30 pavilions, each showcasing a country’s handicrafts, merchandise and cuisines. Countries represented in 2015/16 include the UAE, Qatar, Iran, China, Thailand, Japan, Russia, Egypt and India. The Fantasy Island funfair offers rides for both adults and children (dodgems, coasters, Ferris Wheels, etc) and a canal with traditional abras. Daily events include a fireworks display, a musical fountain show, plus numerous dance and music shows. Stage shows in 2015/16 include Fiestaval and Dreams. The Fiestaval show incorporates the sights of five of the best festivals in the world. Dreams is a family production inspired by the stories of A Thousand and One Nights. On-site facilities include around twenty restaurants, over 100 food and beverage kiosks, retail stores, a foreign exchange kiosk, ATMs, an information desk and toilets. Free Wi-Fi is available across the site. Global village 2015/16 runs from November 3 to April 9. Opening hours are Saturday to Wednesday 4pm to midnight, and Thursday and Friday 4pm to 1am. Monday is family day. There is a small admission fee of 15 AED for 2015/16. Entrance is free for children under three, 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 and 75 AED credit for the rides at Fantasy Island. 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 and a train shuttles visitors between the car park and the main entrance. There are two bus services to Global Village, one from Union Metro Station in Deira, and one from AI Ghubaiba Metro Station in Bur Dubai.
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