Dubai’s global village brings the world back together for Season 27
Global Village, the region’s leading family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, opens its doors tomorrow, 25 October at 6.00 pm, marking the official start of its 27th season.
This year, Global Village brings together 27 pavilions, over 3,500 shopping outlets and more than 250 restaurants, cafes, and street food options. Featuring 40,000 shows, guests can experience a new lineup of some of the world’s best performers, famous characters, world-class concerts, street entertainment and the region’s only water-based stunt show. More than 175 rides, games and attractions are also available for guests to enjoy, including the new Global Village Big Balloon, a one-of-its-kind Helium Balloon Ride providing spectacular 360-degree views across Global Village and its wider surroundings.
Mohamed Sharaf, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Holding Entertainment, said, “Global Village has been a regional and international phenomenon for close to three decades, helping cement Dubai as a global hub for entertainment and tourism. Since the end of Season 26, our teams have been using guest feedback and data to find new and unique ways to take the guest experience to the next level. This would not be possible without our extraordinary teams and partners, who work tirelessly to bring the beautiful cultures of the world to Dubai’s Global Village. We are delighted to welcome our guests from across the globe to the 27th Season of Global Village with another unmissable line-up of attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences.”
Celebrating the opening of Season 27, Global Village is bringing a unique fleet of some of the world’s most recognisable and iconic cars to the streets of Dubai. The Global Village “Wonder Rides” feature taxis from New York, Cuba, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, and Lebanon.
New attractions in Season 27 include the Global Village Big Balloon, House of Fear, and Diggers Lab, a hydraulic digger experience located at the entrance of Carnaval™. The first Ripley’s Believe It or Not!™ Odditorium in the MENA region returns to Global Village for its fourth year, featuring over 50 new exhibits, and the new Hero’s Gallery.
The new season’s entertainment line-up features a range of fan favourites, globally renowned performers, a new stunt show, famous characters, world-class concerts and street entertainment. Guests can see over 400 performers from 40 different countries, with over 200 performances every night. Guests will also be able to choose from over 250 restaurants, cafes and street food options, with a range of new concepts and upgraded dining options bringing the flavours of the world to Global Village.
New pavilions from Qatar and Oman add to the excitement of the unique shopping experience at the 27th season of Global Village that has 27 pavilions in total. Guests can also shop at the Road of Asia, a new pedestrian street featuring 43 kiosks from 13 Asian countries with authentic products from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Philippines.
The last season of Global Village was recognised as the ‘Best Family Attraction in Middle East 2021’ at the International Travel Awards 2021. Global Village attracted a record-breaking 7.8 million guests during its 26th Season, which concluded on May 7, 2022.
Global Village is Dubai’s leading family entertainment and cultural attraction with a unique shopping experience at 30 pavilions each representing a different country. Global Village also offers a variety of dining options from different cuisines, along with thrill rides and children rides at the Fantasy Island. Launched in 1997, Global Village was first based on the Creek side then Oud Metha then Dubai Festival City, until it found a permanent home in 2005 on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road Exit 37.