Can you imagine having the Burj Khalifa, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Big Ben on the same street? It’s possible in Dubai’s Global Village. A family entertainment complex where pavilions representing every country in the world have been built. The “global village” is a fusion of many different cultures, traditions and nationalities.
In principle, one might think of something very similar to the style of Disney World’s Epcot, and there is something to that. However, when you walk in, you’ll find that they have some important differences. The main one is inside the pavilions, since in them you will find mostly booths with local products from each nation represented. Another important difference is the representation of countries, here the most represented countries are those of the Middle East and Asia.
This last characteristic makes the visit more interesting for those who come from the West and that, in this way, we can know more closely the typical products of nations sometimes very distant and unknown for us.
What can you do in the Global Village?
Shop in the pavilions. You will find many local products from different countries of the world.
Taste the typical food. In addition to crafts and typical products from different parts of the world, you can also find food. One example is the floating market in Thailand, one of the new food areas in Global Village.
See the shows. In many pavilions you will find shows, as well as parades and fireworks on certain days. If you’re interested, check the calendar of events.
Important. Mondays are reserved for families and women. Therefore, groups of single men are not allowed to enter. However, couples may enter. This is a very family-oriented activity, so it is requested to be moderate with short skirts and necklines. But it’s not about covering everything either: jeans, T-shirts and dresses are fine. The advice is to arrive early to avoid the crowd and have the opportunity to see the place in daylight.
How do I get to the Global Village?
Public transportation. You can get there by bus from the Mall of the Emirates Metro station. Just follow the “bus” signs in the metro and head for the 106 bus. For your return, follow the same route.
I recommend you to plan your visit on the day you go to Dubai Miracle Garden because of the proximity of the two places (15 minutes by cab). For more information about the Dubai Miracle Garden.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. There is no need to buy in advance, the lines at the ticket office are short and fast. The cost is AED 15 (USD 4). Opening hours. Saturday through Wednesday, open at 4pm and closed at midnight. Thursdays, Fridays and holidays are closed at 1am.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road – Exit 37 – E311 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates