THE PERFECT OUTING: Despite it being a work day, hundreds of residents made it to the Global Village on its opening day on Tuesday. - Photo by M. Sajjad
Dubai - The region's first family destination for culture, shopping and entertainment had a colourful start to its 159-day extravaganza.
Hundreds of residents and visitors thronged the Global Village on its opening day on Tuesday, despite it being a weekday.
The region's first family destination for culture, shopping and entertainment had a colourful start to its 159-day extravaganza, which will present over 40,000 live shows, 3,500 outlets, over 100 rides, skill games, arcade games and mouth-watering cuisine from all over the world. The Global Village will run until April 4, 2020.
This season of the Global Village offers new facades and attractions that represent culture, art, heritage, crafts, food, and family-centric entertainment from across the world.
Guests will be able to experience unique cultures from 78 countries through themed pavilions from destinations including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Europe, Americas, Bosnia & the Balkans, Thailand, Bahrain & Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine & Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Japan, Philippines & Vietnam, China, Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Iran and Yemen. This season, Korea and Azerbaijan join the Global Village family with new pavilions, which will stand alongside returning guest favourites. This brings the total number of pavilions to 26, each housing their own unique cultural experiences.
New and healthy additions for foodies include the Indian Chaat Bazaar and an array of brand new street food offerings. Global Village has also added a number of new features that will take center stage such as the Arabian Square - a dancing fountain experience that brings together a water and light spectacle with live music.
Other new additions include two new Canal Bridges: the Hungarian Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the famous Tower Bridge of London, which will host the Tower Troupe aerial acrobatics show. Other enhancements to look out for are an enriched Arabic-themed Canal Boat Kiosk, a new look and feel for Celebration Walk, and the new Global Village entrance archways from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed road from both Sharjah and Abu Dhabi directions.
The entertainment lineup featuring the most exciting and largest cultural offering in Global Village history. The Global Village Main Stage will come to life with International stars to entertain guests with 20 nights of concerts. Extensive upgrades to the sound systems and new visual effects will ensure a memorable main stage experience.