Dubai's Global Village opens, ticket prices start at Dhs18
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Dubai’s Global Village opens, ticket prices start at Dhs18

Dubai’s Global Village opens, ticket prices start at Dhs18

More than 175 rides, games and attractions are also available for guests to enjoy, including the new Global Village Big Balloon

Zubina Ahmed
Global Village opens, adds two new pavilions and more experiences

Every year from October to April, millions of people flock to Dubai’s popular multicultural entertainment destination Global Village.

With bustling bazaars, breathtaking performances, unique cuisines, and shopping options, Global Village offers the best of the world.

Season 27 of this theme park has now opened for six months from October 26.

The park will open at 4pm every day until midnight. On weekends however, it will remain open until 1 am.

Featuring 40,000 shows, guests can experience a new line-up 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, COO 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,” he added.

So what’s there for the new season?

The new season will offer 27 pavilions which will add to the excitement of guests, and will offer a unique global village shopping experience. New pavilions added this season are Qatar and Oman.

New attractions this include the Global Village Big Balloon, House of Fear, the scariest haunted house in the region 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 4th year and welcomes over 50 new exhibits, and the new Hero’s Gallery.

The Global Village “wonder rides” feature taxis from New York, Cuba, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, and Lebanon. 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.

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.

As for ticket prices, those purchased online are cheaper. For entry on Sunday to Thursday, tickets are Dhs18 online and Dhs20 at the gate. For all other days, it’s Dhs22.5 online and Dhs25 at the gate. Entry is free for children under the age of 3 and senior citizens aged 65 and above, as well as people of determination.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will resume four bus routes to serve tourists and visitors of Global Village. The four routes to resume operations are Route 102 from Al Rashdiya Bus Station at 60 minutes interval, Route 103 from the Union Bus Station at a frequency of 40 minutes, Route 104 from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station at 60 minutes interval, and Route 106 from the Mall of the Emirates Bus Station every 60 minutes.

Priced at Dhs10, RTA will deploy deluxe (coaches) and regular buses this season.

Launched in 1997 with a series of retail kiosks, the open-air destination has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and now serves as a staple treat on Dubai’s winter calendar.The destination had welcomed 7.8 million guests during its 26th Season, which opened on October 26, 2021 and concluded on May 7, 2022.

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