Global village is the region’s original and largest multi-cultural festival park, packed with buzzing markets, wild theme park rides and truck-loads of glorious street food.
Global Village or OGV as we like to call it, announced the dates for the park’s 24th season on their website. We now know that dates of operation will be 29th October 2019 to 4th April 2020.
What we’re super excited about
(Facts and figures based on 2018-19 season, we’re hoping for even more this year)
The date night/day opportunities. Take a wander along the water ways, amuse yourself with the amusements, parade around the internationally-themed pavilions, or jump aboard one of the wild rides, like the oh-so ‘grammable Wheel of the World. Gaze skywards with bae and make those goofy ‘oooooh’ and ‘ahhhhh’ sounds as the firework display bursts around you.
The carnival fun fair has more than 60 rides, from the gently whimsical to grown-man humbling knee-bucklers. There are hundreds of video games, and games of skill and chance as well as the famous gigantic Ferris wheel, now with 50-metre screen.
Anything Bangkok can do, we can do better. Well maybe not anything, but there is a floating market on the lake, complete with a fiery musical fountain. Shhh. Just watch.
Obviously there’s the incredible free concerts that get booked in. The talent team are keeping the selected artists for this season a closely guarded secret. But our expectations are vertiginously high. With recently featured artists including– Liam Payne, Jason Derulo, Jay Sean, Amro Diab, Shamma Hamdan, Mayward, Mika Singh, Nancy Ajram, Sonu Nigam and to shamelessly name drop but a few. These concerts were all included in the AED 15 entry fee of the park too. Bargain.
Shopping. You can tour 27 different pavilions (representing 75 cultures) including Syria; Bahrain; Iran; China; Thailand; Turkey; Russia; Africa; Egypt; The Americas; India and Pakistan; Balkans and South Asia. In each of these united nations of kitsch, you can find traditionally associated goods and get a taste of what the culture has to offer through heritage corners and performances. Pro Tip: don’t be afraid to haggle!
Showbusiness. Last season the stage and cultural shows included the swashbuckling acrobatic adventures of Samir, silky circus skills of High Voltage, dance spectaculars Viva Bollywood and Beyond Bollywood; super endurance performed by Shaolin Monks and death-defying petrol fuelled action in Monster stunt show. Phew.
Food. lots of food, More than 140 food kiosks and restaurants. Global Village’s street stalls feature everything from pizza rolls, sticky Turkish ice-cream, Canadian comfort poutine, local lgeimat (deep-fried doughnut holes, WHAMMY) and fiery Japanese takoyaki balls. Food from more than 30 countries in all and the best part is that prices generally hover under the AED 30 mark. Oh and obvs there’s shawarma…
If you’d rather sit down to a meal, Global Village has 23 restaurants and cafés, featuring nine new cuisines from Mexico, China, the Gulf, and Cuba.
Fun fact: In 2016, Global Village sold more than 1.5 million cups of karak chai.
Getting there is now easier
Four new bus routes to Global Village start from 1st November – look out for routes 102, 103, 104 and 106, which run from Ittihad Metro Station, Gubaiba Station, Rashidiya Metro Station heading directly to Global Village and Mall of the Emirates Station respectively.
From 29th October, 2019. Exit 37 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. Tickets from AED 15. Open 4pm-2am Thursday/Friday and 3am Saturday. www.globalvillage.ae