Ibrahim Abdul Rahim, Director of Global Village told City Times that with the entertainment activities restarting, they are expecting more visitors.
"There was confusion among people that Global Village was also cancelled alongwith the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and rumours were spreading around. Actually from 2005, Global Village is a separate project from DSF. This is the reason Global Village re-opened after a brief closure following the sad demise of Shaikh Maktoum," he said.
He added that the organisers of the pavilions have sent the performers back to respective countries when the mourning was declared. "We hope that they manage to bring them back soon." He hinted that the management may waive the Dh3 entrance charge at Global Village. " I cannot tell anything now about it. We will discuss the matter and a decision will come soon," he said.
Ibrahim claimed that the decision to impose entry charge to the Global Village for visitors is fair. "We are giving a platform for the visitors to come and enjoy the facilities. We are providing good facilities and a chance to get different things from across the globe under one umbrella. They have several options to win prizes by visiting Global Village," he said.
"The income from the entry charges is not for making profit for us. We are using it for charity purposes. I think Dh3 entry charge is nominal and affordable for everybody," he added.
Replying to a query regarding some shopkeepers demanding refund of the rents they paid because DSF has been cancelled, he said "the Global Village management have nothing to do with it. Actually pavilion owners are dealing with them. I don't think it is a fair demand. The cancellation of DSF will not affect the number of visitors in the Global Village. An average of 18,000 people are expected to visit Global Village everyday."He opined that most of the shops having good business and they are just finding an excuse not to pay the money.
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