Global Village Melting Pot of Fun and Entertainment

DUBAI – Top rate performers from Russia, the US and China continue to thrill visitors to Global Village in Dubai and the event is a must see destination for many especially tourists to the UAE.

By Lily B. Libo-on

Published: Tue 29 Dec 2009, 11:37 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:28 AM

These major entertainments coupled with a glimpse of the culture, tradition and life of people from 45 countries are showcased at Global Village in Dubailand.

Over 600,000 visitors have so far visited the 14th edition of Global Village (November 22-February 27) in two weeks of entertainment.

The celebrations marking Eid Al Adha and the 38th UAE National Day prompted families and visitors to flock to Global Village in addition to a calendar of events that saw international performances as the Human Cannonball, Art of Fire, Chinese Flying Pole and Bounce were some of the listed shows available.

Some 30 to 35 cultural shows are performed daily in different pavilions bringing to a total of 6,000 shows during this year’s edition.

For the first time, Global Village has gathered together families, divorcees and single mothers, who are engaged in home-based businesses, to join this year’s edition.

Housed in Bidayathi or The Start, they sell home-based wares ranging from abaya, traditional perfumes and sweets, hand-made accessories, cosmetics, preserved foods and many others.

A total of 31 pavilions hosting over 45 cultures and authentic and indigenous products from across the regions are really a testimony to behold that Global Village has succeeded in making itself a unique city in itself where the world come together to sell their wares and display their cultural heritage.

Anwar Sekvan, a Norwegian, who visited Global Village with his wife and child, said, Global Village is an excellent tourist destination and it is a must visit place.

“Here at Global Village, we can feel the togetherness of the diverse cultures,” he said.

A Fujairah-based family of Charan Shet found time to shop and relax at Global Village. “We drove all the way from Fujairah to enjoy the shops here at Global Village. We find interesting and affordable buys here,” he said.

Laiba Khan, Taiba Khan and Abdullah Khan from Pakistan, who patiently queued up trying to enter Global Village said, the wait was worth it.

“We enjoyed our stay at Global Village. Besides, the facilities in the park like the information centres and maps near the gates were extremely helpful.”

Saeed, Mohammad, Ghanem, Mohammed, Ibrahim, Youssef and Fahed, a group of friends from Saudi Arabia enjoyed the fun fair games and the shows playing all around the park.

“We love the rides and games. There are so much to choose from. We also like the shows by the lake, especially the Art of Fire and Human Cannonball,” they said.

The festive feeling during Eid Al Adha and National Day celebrations was what impressed first-time visitors Warsha, Kareem, Safeer, Manu, Sahir, Hena and Salim, from India.

“Global Village is really different from other destinations. We can shop, play games, ride at fun fairs, watch cultural shows, relax, walk, and enjoy a variety of cuisines. It is a great entertainment hub. Plus, we love the fact that they have the fireworks. It capped our magnificent night, and made the whole occasion a colourful one,” they said.

Etisalat is the official partner of the 14th edition of Global Village and opens doors at 4pm till midnight except on Thursdays and Fridays when it is extended until 1am.

Monday is family day. Tickets are priced at Dh10. For the disabled and kids below three years old, entrance is free.

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