The launch of the 18th edition of the Global Village on Wednesday saw the price of the entry ticket raised from the previous Dh10 to Dh15 for adults.
However, entry for children under three, individuals with special needs and people over the age of 65 will be free.
Dubai’s leading family entertainment and cultural attraction will open its doors this year on October 5 and will end by March 1, 2014 under a new management and will have over 12,000 shows from around the globe, and special themed festivals on Eid, Diwali, and the UAE National Day.
This year’s edition, geared towards making it a top-notch venue for families, especially on Eid Al Adha, is set to draw more than five million visitors, or 10 per cent more over last year’s edition that saw a footfall of almost five million.
On Eid Al Adha, the Global Village will be celebrating with tens of thousands of visitors from across the region. Extended hours are planned with the Global Village being open until 2am from October 10 to 19 and an hour later on October 14 and 15.
This time the Global Village has given a new look to its Food Court and enhanced dining experiences with over 30 cuisines from across the world, a spectacular circus and theatre and special activities for kids. There will be over 50 nights of fireworks and 30 pavilions displaying simple but unique products.
Ahmad Hussain bin Essa, Executive Director of Operations at Global Village, said that a new fairground specialist operator, Mellors with four generations of safe events and fun rides entertainment record in the UK, has taken over from the previous operator Freej. Mellors is being audited by TUV, an organisation that certifies for various international standards.
Bin Essa also said park inspectors will perform a daily inspection of the fun rides. Many events will be performed for the first time from China. There will be street performers from the UK and regular fun-packed and colourful parades, fireworks, fountains with a “son et lumiere” show featuring fire effects, and much more.
This season, the Global Village will also hold 16 weekly draws to give visitors a chance to win a new Audi A4. The first draw will bet on October 10. The draws will continue on a weekly basis until the end of the park’s operational season except during the Dubai Shopping Festival period.