Back in January, on our way back from our day trip to Abu Dhabi, we stopped at Global Village on our way back home to Al Jeer. Global Village is a huge outdoor entertainment complex, located off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, in Dubailand so a little on the outskirts. I’d heard lots about Global Village, both good and a few bad. So, this was a great opportunity to go for myself.
We arrived at around 7.30pm, bought our tickets at the booth beside the main gate; general admission ticket is at 15 AED, and then made our way to the entrance. Despite the awful rainy weather, it was BUSY. The rain was thankfully slowing a little as we came through the turnstile into the attraction. We arrived in perfect time for the firework display.
Global Village is a very unique attraction, where you can experience the uniqueness of each culture, devour traditional cuisines and shop specialty items from a wealth of different countries. I think Global Village covers around 90 different countries over 27 pavilions, it’s amazing. Each pavilion is – a firm favourite of mine was the floating markets selling so much good food from south-east Asia. You feel like you’re being magically transported to the Americas, to Europe, to the Far-East Asia, Africa then to then back to Middle East! If you’re a foodie like myself and Zya, then Global Village is the place for you, with an array of food choices from all over the world. Between us we tried lots of different foods: a Pakistan samosa, Bosnian/Balkan pitta, Japanese Mochi [I went for salted caramel], a spicy corn, and Japanese Takoyaki (my favourite dish we tried!). The food was all delicious, albeit it a little bit pricey, but we knew it was a little expensive as friends had been previously.
Unfortunately, the later it got, the more rain that came. The place was pretty much flooding by the time we left at around 10:30pm – the UAE cannot handle any rain without flooding! The queue to leave was horrendous, but we eventually got back to site for around 12.30am.
Global Village is so huge and there is so much to see, that a single visit is definitely not sufficient to explore all of the different pavilions as well as a Fantasy Island with lots of carnival games and amusement rides across the water. You’d need either a long period of time and a very empty stomach, or visit on multiple occasions.
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