MG is an air warrior and a global traveler who loves to visit and explore new places.
Dubai is the entertainment center of the world. It's a place where one can spend a holiday and enjoy oneself. It can be compared to a playground with plenty of entertainment avenues for all people. It is easily accessible from all corners of the world and Dubai international airport handles 61 million passengers every year. This gives us an idea of the volume of visitors who come to Dubai. These figures are before China Virus hit Dubai and now with all-around restrictions, the figures would be much less.
Accommodation is no problem and there are hundreds of hotels from one-star to 5-star luxury resorts. Some of the finest roads flit across the city which has a metro rail, tram line, and the city bus for commuters. In addition, there are excellent Toyota Camry cabs to take you anywhere you want to go.
One of the places one must visit is the Global village. This is one of the largest entertainment centers in the world. It's an awesome place and remains open during the tourist season from September to April. The weather during this period is salubrious and one can spend a lot of time outdoors as well as at the beach.
The Global Village
The Global Village is located at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road,Exit 37 - Dubailand - Dubai. It can be easily reached from all corners of this mega city. The village is open every day from 4 pm to midnight. There is an entrance fee of AED 15( about $ 4), but children below 3 years are allowed free. As already pointed out the Dubai Global village functions only for 6 months a year during the tourist season. As you park your car, a line of cycle rickshaws will greet you. These will transport you to the gate of the entertainment center. All the rickshaw pullers are from India and wear colorful dresses. You can also drive right up to the gate and ask for a valet to park your car, but it will cost you AED 50($13)
The village is great for entertainment and is a first-class shopping center. It also has a small waterway flowing through it, in which power boats ply and visitors can take a ride in them. The fair is home to 70 nations' pavilions that sell their wares here. One will come across stalls and pavilions from India, China, Persia, Russia, Europe, and America as well as many other nations. It's a riot of color and pageantry.
Last year before the China virus, the stress was on internationalism, and replicas of famous landmarks from all over the world like the Burj Khalifa( tallest building in the world), Elfin Tower, Statute of Liberty, and the Taj Mahal adorn the exhibition. The entrance is through a replica of the famous Kremlin Palace of Russia.
To do justice to the entertainment center one must spend an entire day here. There are nearly 47 restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world, hence eating and dining are not a problem.
The Africa pavilion is a great place to pick up bargain deals of African art. The pavilion also has a small stage where the Africans will entertain visitors with their tribal dances. Other places to pick up bargain deals are the India and China pavilions. There is also the biggest in the park with flowers and lovely lawns. One can also pick up jewelry here and one of the top sellers has the face of the Taj Mahal at entry.
There is also an entertainment park for children, where rides and other entertainment avenues exist and in case you are with family, this is a place to spend some time.
Dances and Fun
One of the highlights of the Global Village is the cultural show on a stage close to the entrance. Here dancers from India, Thailand and other countries will perform the traditional dances. These cultural shows are an ongoing process and carry on late into the night. They last about 30 minutes and are repeated hourly. Watching them is great fun.
You can get to eat anything you want, for you will like to replenish you and your kids energy. But no alcohol is available and that I feel is a good thing as in such a place alcohol could be a spoilsport. It is also a lovely place for newlyweds and lovers who can sit and talk in the vast mounds of grassy lawns.
There is also a change among the locals and their women seem to have got out of their shyness. Plenty of Europeans and Americans are around with shorts and minis move around and there is no dress restriction.
Spending a day at the Global village is a delight. But there is an underside as inside for everything there is a ticket and that can set you back by a tidy sum. The items are not cheap, but a good bargain can be made especially in the Africa pavilion, which is very popular.
Overall its a place that adds lustre to Dubai as an entertainment centre for a vacation especially if you are with the family. Add to this Butterfly Park, Miracle Garden, pristine beaches, and the Alain Zoo and one realizes that there is very little that Dubai does not offer.
Global Village reopened 2020 – 2021 on October 25, 2020, and ran until April 2021. There were fewer visitors and that was natural as the China virus has had an effect. With the virus having receded the village is slated to be reopened in October this year. If you have the money and time to spare, this is the place to spend a holiday.
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on June 20, 2021:
Thanks, Tom, India has a lot to learn from the UAE.
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 21, 2016:
Thank you Peggy. You will love the place.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2016:
Thank you for showing us a wonderful sounding entertainment area in Dubai. It sounds like a Disneyland on steroids! It also sounds as though many days would have to be spent there to see it all.
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 03, 2016:
Thank you Grand old lady for very encouraging comments. Its so nice of you to spare your time
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 03, 2016:
Thank you for commenting Devika. Do travel sometime today Dubai if time permits
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 03, 2016:
A lovely place and the expensive lifestyle explains how one has to afford a holiday there. You shared great tips.
Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 03, 2016:
It sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I love the fact that there are pavilions from many countries where you can see and purchase things that are indigenous to the country. I don't mind that the only cheap pavilion is Africa, because I would probably buy everything from that pavilion anyway:). Placing this on my wish list.
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 02, 2016:
Manatita. Thanks for the comment. Yes you will love the place, who knows you may get further ideas for some lovely poems.
manatita44 from london on March 02, 2016:
More and more, I'm interested by your wonderful presentations of Dubai. How I would love to go there! The Global village seems awesome! Interesting improvisation of the Indian dance. Vibrant and full of zest, different. A bit more for the entertainment, perhaps.