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Global Village Dubai

Postby shawarma » 23 Dec 2007, 10:09

Global Village Dubai - general information

  • What? Global Village in Dubai is an annual pseudo-carnival in conjunction with the Dubai Shopping Festival, although it goes on longer. Many different countries sell their food, products, and perform shows in pavilions built especially for the event, and themed according to the country represented. There are a bunch of carnival rides to keep everyone amused also.
  • Where? Global Village in Dubailand on Emirates Road. Find the Arabian Ranches roundabout and head towards Sharjah. It's well signposted. Or head out of Dubai on the Al Ain Highway and turn left onto the Emirates Road. If you get to the 611 Road, or Dubai Bypass Road, you've gone too far.
  • When? 13 December 2007 to 1 March 2008. Opening hours 4 pm to midnight Sunday to Wednesday, 4 pm to 1 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Note that Mondays are family days only - no men allowed in.
  • How much? 5 dhs entry fee (cash only), free if you're under 2 years old or disabled.
  • Organisers?
  • Main Sponsors?
  • Contact? Tel: +971-4-3624114
  • Website? www.globalvillage.ae (but www.globalvillage.com appears to be unrelated)
Anything else?

Other Global Village information

The first Global Village event was in January 1996 on the Deira side of Dubai Creek in a carpark, with a small collection of kiosks. Pizza Hut and KFC seemed to be the most popular stands at the time.

Cycle Rickshaws

Global Village and the Indian Pavillion imported 50 rickshaw drivers to drag people around Global Village (in rickshaws - a three wheeled device pedalled by a person). Something different and a ride only costs 5 dhs, but you won't be taken on the Emirates Road, or into the Global Village. No discount if your name is Richard Shaw.
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Global Village Dubai pavilions

Postby shawarma » 04 Jan 2008, 02:04

Pavilions at Global Village (visited in December 2007)

Afghanistan - lots of leather jackets
Bahrain - uninspiring
China - like a smaller version of Dragonmart
Czech Republic - odd amongst all the Middle Eastern stuff. Glass displays and colored lights.
Egypt - it almost felt like a real bazaar
East and West Africa
Europe Corner
East Asia
India
Iran
Indonesia and Laos
Jordan
Kuwait
Laos - see Indonesia
Lebanon
Morocco - more leather jackets
Nepal
North Africa
Pakistan
Palestine - curious to see Christian symbols displayed here
Philippines - looks like one of their buses
Qatar
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia - lots of perfume. The punk rock chick shop assistant looked out of place - this was the Saudi stand :shock: ?
Senegal
Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan tea and food worth sampling. Then again, maybe not the tea.
Syria
Thailand - the battered shrimps were top class.
Turkey
United Arab Emirates - disappointing, considering this is the host nation.
Vietnam
Yemen

Anyone been? Which were your favorite pavilions? Least favorite?
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Global Village Dubai closed

Postby shawarma » 03 Feb 2008, 15:21

Dubai Global Village was closed Friday 01 February 2008 due to the strong winds and sandstorm blowing around Dubai.

Global Village was also closed during the heavy rain from 13-15 January 2008.
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World on Ice

Postby shawarma » 10 Feb 2008, 22:47

  • What? World on Ice - a kind of Cirque du Soleil circus on ice, displaying Hungarian culture and dance, for example sumo wrestlers (and you probably thought sumo wrestlers came from Japan, right?).
  • Where? Global Village Ice Theatre near gate 5.
  • When? 8:30pm daily
  • How much? 35 dhs
  • Tickets from where?
  • Organisers?
  • Main Sponsors?
  • Contact?
  • Website?
Anything else?
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