The Dubai Global Village declares itself to be “the largest tourism, leisure and entertainment project” in the world, with over 39 pavilions that each represent a different country. The pavilions feature exhibitions, restaurants, cultural performances of music and dance, and a range of family activities which make this a great destination for visitors of all ages. As you stroll through each pavilion, you’ll be embarking on a captivating adventure across multiple continents – all without leaving the neighbourhood of Dubai!
The Global Village is open every evening from 4pm until late, with Monday designated as a family day. Each day the schedule of performances is different, so check ahead on the Dubai Global Village website for the current listings. The shows and activities includes live music and dance performances by artists from around the world, street performers, acrobats, fireworks and more. It is a great opportunity to introduce the kids (and yourself) to global cultures, sample different international cuisines and do a bit of souvenir shopping for yourself or the folks at home.
There’s no question the Dubai Global Village has come a long way since its initial appearance in 1996 as a collection of kiosks. It has expanded and diversified immensely since it moved to its current location in the sprawling Dubailand, a huge, city-like complex that hosts a variety of theme parks and entertainment centres. It’s a unique destination in and of itself, and offers an impressive array of things to see and do.
The Global Village is only open four months a year, so if you’re planning a trip to Dubai, make sure you factor this in when booking your flights and hotel in Dubai. This year’s Global Village opened on 1st November 2011 and has recently been extended to 31st March 2012, so you still have time to explore all the world (and Dubai) has to offer!
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