Traveling around the world is quite difficult in many ways, but how about if there is one place where you can find all the flavors, traditions, cultures, colors, textures and customs from all the corners of the world? A little of Japan, a fringe of Ukraine, a piece of the US, a part of the Middle East and even a fragment of Romania? Well, this place really exists and is, of course, in the city of records, Dubai. Where everything becomes possible in the shortest time.
Although I spent a whole day in this mini Terra, as I like to call it, I have to admit that it didn’t make me feel bored at all, on the contrary. I could easily “travel” to all the 75 countries represented at the Global Village for at least 2 days, especially since I don’t have to spend money on expensive airplane tickets, I don’t have to waste time on check-in, and it doesn’t even require a visa.
How to get to Global Village:
- With Uber, taxi or rented car. The first two options are similar in price, but I have often noticed that it was more convenient to choose a taxi in Dubai. In the case of the rented car, I can’t give you many details because I did not rent myself any car there. However, I found out that the prices are reasonable, and you can rent a decent car at a price starting at $ 30 / day. As for gas, it is well-known that in the Emirates you can make a fairly inexpensive deal. By the way, if your time in Dubai is limited and you want to do as many things as possible in a short time, I recommend you to visit Miracle Garden in the same day, being very close to the Global Village.
- By bus. There are several routes to the Global Village, from several subway stations in the city. These are 103, 104, 102 and 106, and the stations from where you can get there are Union Station, Al Ghubaiba Station, Rashidiya and Mall of the Emirates.
Tickets and schedule:
Global Village closes in the spring and opens in autumn, meaning that over 150 days a year you will have the chance to cross its gates. Obviously, the main reason is given by the extremely hot temperatures in the hot season. It opens in November and closes in April, but when it is open, it is open every single day, with the mention that Mondays are reserved exclusively for families and women.
Besides this little detail, you also need to know that although in many places in Dubai you can dress exactly as you want, keeping the limit of decentness of course, at Global Village you have to make sure you have all your body covered, if you’re a woman, of course. Otherwise, you will not be allowed get inside.
When it comes to tickets, they can be purchased both online and physically and cost 15 AED in both cases. I recommend the first option, so you can avoid the very long queues from the ticket office. Once you have paid the 15 AED, you can enjoy all the pavilions without having to pay for another ticket.
According to statistics, about 5 million tourists come to the Global Village each year, which means an average of over 30,000 people a day. Well, the Global Village is getting very crowded with the evening, honestly.
What to do at Global Village:
With more than 23 restaurants, 120 stalls, nearly 30 pavilions with over 70 countries, amusement park, 7D cinema and all kinds of shows, you have unlimited possibilities of spending time at the Global Village. Every week brings new surprises, from spectacular fireworks to fabulous concerts with international artists. This is in addition to what each country has to offer.
At Global Village, I enjoyed Turkish ice cream, watched an Iranian dance with swords, admired a Bollywood mini puppet theater, had fun in the amusement park, gazed at the Persian carpets, entered the mystical world of Saudi Arabia, and tasted dates from there, was happy seeing the flag of Romania, took a look at the Colosseum of Italy, the Eiffel Tower of France and the Sydney Opera House, witnessed a fabulous concert and I made a small incursion into the past of the United Arab Emirates, when Dubai was not even on the map. I admit, Global Village reminded me of Las Vegas.
Watch out for an avalanche of photos! : D
Therefore, the fun is guaranteed. The shows are generally the Bollywood brand and include acrobatics, dances, and music. All are very colorful and free of charge. Once you have paid the entrance fee, you have free access to all these shows, except for the attractions on Fantasy Island. At the same time, Global Village is the perfect place to buy souvenirs from all over the world, which is great.
Among the countries at Global Village are: Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Algeria, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, UAE, Turkey, Jordan, Russia, Pakistan, Yemen, China, Spain, Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, Germany, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Syria and many more.
Would you like to visit Global Village when you arrive in Dubai?