Here’s why you must head to Global Village before it shuts for summer

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It’s a melting pot of cultures, packed with replica landmarks that you don’t need your passport to see and exciting rides that will leave you breathless.

Global Village has been entertaining Dubai for 21 seasons, and the latest one is just about to come to an end, after 159 days of good times.

Here’s why you really should head along the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road to check it out. Hurry, doors close for the summer on Saturday, 8th April.

More than 100 food kiosks. Solve the age-old dilemma of “what should we have for dinner?” with everything from eccentric rolled-up pizzas, sticky Turkish ice-cream, Canadian comfort food poutine and fiery Japanese Takoyaki balls. Prices for these street food treats are generally under AED 30.

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Tour the world, or at least the 45 pavilions representing most of it. There are plenty of bargains to be had in the microcosms of continents, with massages from Thailand, cut-price fashion and huge Persian rugs. New arrivals for 2016/17 include Eastern Europe and The Far East.

Don’t be afraid to haggle!

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International dancers come together for City Jam on the Main Cultural Stage, a fast-paced show of hip-hop breaks and beats set against the backdrop of capital cities, from New York to Tokyo, and, of course, Dubai.

Animals lovers can get their fix at the Freej Festivities Petting Zone, where everything from bunnies to iguanas are up for a careful cuddle. Choose from 11 species of all creatures great and small.

Petting Zoo Global Village

Best to ride this BEFORE you eat. Fantasy Island’s Sky Coaster winches guests to the top of a launch tower, before plummeting them into a 33-metre free fall.

It’s never to early to teach kids about the rules of the road. At Mini City, children aged three to 10 are taught how to drive tiny cars. Cruising past miniature landmarks like the Burj Al Arab, safe motorists get a souvenir Mini City driving licence, which is supported by the RTA.

Mini City Global Village

Not a driver? Two buses head to Global Village. Route 103 starts from Union Station, while 104 begins at Al Ghubaiba Station. The services run from 3.15pm until 11.15pm, with 30 minutes of travel time.

Until 8th April 2017, from 4pm-12am Saturday-Wednesday and 4pm-1am Thursday and Friday. General admission from AED 15. Food and some attractions must be paid for. Mondays are families and ladies only.

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