Dubai: Global Village, one of Dubai's premier annual tourist draws, will throw open new entertainment attractions including the Guinness World Records Pavilion, the Friends from Little Big Club Pavilion, Beach Adrenaline Jet-Ski Show, Skywheel and World Cultures Stage in Dubailand on Wednesday.

The 13th edition of the Global Village will have an extended run of 102 days until February 21, 2009. The decision to have a longer Global Village season comes in response to demands from residents and visitors from across the region and beyond, officials said.

The Global Village will feature 31 country pavilions, including new entrants Iraq and Oman, along with 25 restaurants and 120 kiosks.

The seasonal event expects to maximise visitor footfall during and outside of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) period.

"We are projecting footfall of 5 million, exceeding the 4.5 million footfall registered during the 2007-08 edition," said Abdul Redha Ali Bin Redha, project director of Global Village.

"Every year, we aim to introduce innovative elements and attractions with an objective to exceed visitor expectations. This year, we have endeavoured to incorporate new activities to enhance our loyal patrons' experience of the much awaited calendar event."

Global Village has doubled entry price to Dh10 from Dh5 last year and created new partnerships and increased distribution through online and retail outlets. Visitors can also avail of the family package wherein they can purchase five tickets for the price of four.

Tickets can also be purchased online, which will benefit those from outside Dubai.

The facility will feature 40 fun fair rides, while the fun quotient will be raised further with the presence and delightful participation of international children's characters Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Pingu the Penguin at the "Friends from The Little Big Club" attraction.

Themed outlets featuring a series of popular cartoon characters, including those from the UAE's very own animation production Freej, will also be part of this season's Global Village. Other key entertainment events are the Global Village World Cultures Stage and Street Entertainers.

For the first time this season, Global Village will host the Guinness World Records Pavilion, which will provide visitors with exciting opportunities to participate and set new records in a variety of categories. At least one world record per week will be set at Global Village.

Since its inception in 1996, Global Village has been a huge cultural entertainment centre that provides a meeting point for different countries to showcase their unique cultures.

Are you looking forward to visiting the Global Village? Have the newly opened shopping malls reduced its charm? What makes the Global Village unique?

Your comments

I find this a great place to take the children and enjoy the nice weather.
Posted: November 11, 2008, 12:49

Entrance fees at Global Village have become really expensive. It started off without entrance fees, later the fees were raised to Dh5 and now they have reached Dh10.
Posted: November 11, 2008, 09:20

It is unfair that the entrance fee was raised to Dh10
Posted: November 11, 2008, 07:34