A fireworks display on New Year’s Eve at Global Village last year. The fireworks display will begin at 8pm on December 31 this year, heralding New Year in each of the seven selected countries. Image Credit: COURTESY Global village

Dubai: Global Village has announced that it will host seven New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31.

Each celebration at the respective pavilion will coincide with the advent of the New Year in one of the seven selected countries from across the world, the popular entertainment destination said in a press release.

In addition, it will host a live concert by Cheb Khaled, international remixes will be played by DJ Nawaf, and all the pavilions will get together to organise the Parade of the World.

Guests can avail of special New Year’s Eve packages that offer discounts of up to 56 per cent that are available at Global Village’s ticketing counters and online through its website.


7 countdowns and fireworks

This year, the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Global Village will truly reflect its theme, ‘Come Experience the World’. The countdown to midnight will take place seven times, each time midnight strikes in one of the seven selected countries.

Thousands of guests will participate in counting down the seconds till midnight, before the fireworks kick in.

At 8pm, UAE time, the festivities will begin with the countdown and an intense one-minute fireworks show in sync with those in the Philippines.

At 9pm, they will herald the New Year in Thailand, at 10pm it will be in line with Bangladesh, at 10.30pm with India, at 11pm with Pakistan and 12am the UAE, with special seven minutes of the biggest fireworks of the season, and at 1am with Istanbul.


Cheb Khaled

To end 2017 and to usher in the New Year, international superstar Cheb Khaled will kick off the celebrations at Global Village with his concert on December 29.

He is the poster boy for the modern form of Algerian desert blues known as Rai. He’s been its most successful modern exponent and the first to find success on the international stage. His first big global hit, ‘Didi’, helped consolidate his reputation that was firmly cemented by ‘N’ssi N’ssi’, which mixed funk, rock, and an Egyptian orchestra. He then followed through with the album ‘Sahra’, whose first single ‘Aicha’, written for his daughter, gave Khaled a French number one hit.


DJ Nawaf

UAE national Nawaf, known as the “King of DJ”, will ring in the New Year for guests at Global Village with a special collection of his best international remixes to make it an unforgettable experience from 10pm until 1am. He has proven very popular with guests for the past three years and will complement the special performances on stage and with guest involvement, choreographed by the Global Village entertainment team.


Parade of the World

A special parade will take place on New Year’s Eve at Global Village with the participation of more than 300 performers from all pavilions as well as the entertainment team of Global Village. It will begin at 7.30pm and will move around the park to celebrate the night along with the guests.

Bader Anhawi, chief operating officer of Global Village, said: “Global Village has always been a unique family destination for the New Year celebrations. This season we are keen to offer the largest shows and events that represent the essence of the UAE by embracing the world’s cultures with a unique perspective of tolerance and happiness among more than 200 nationalities living in the UAE.

“Our New Year’s Eve guests will have the opportunity to celebrate seven times with the largest fireworks shows in the history of Global Village. Our team has done a wonderful job to come up with this new concept intended to make guests feel that they are joining the entire world during the celebrations.”


Special New Year packages

Gold: Dh800 (total value Dh1,820) that provides 8 entry tickets, Carnival funfair cards worth Dh800, 2 valet parking tickets and food vouchers worth Dh800 at selected restaurants.

Silver: Dh500 (total value Dh710) that provides 4 entry tickets, carnival cards worth Dh400, 1 valet parking ticket and food vouchers worth Dh200 at selected restaurants.

Bronze: Dh300 (total value Dh380) and offers 2 entry tickets, carnival cards worth Dh200, 1 valet parking ticket and food vouchers worth Dh100 at selected restaurants.


Extended working hours for New Year

4pm—2am on December 31

Regular opening hours

4pm-midnight, Saturday to Wednesday

4pm-1am on Thursday, Friday and public holidays

On Mondays, it is dedicated to families and women only

Open on January 1, 2018

Closing on April 7