Global Village in Dubai is considered as one of the largest tourism destinations in the world where you can enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment shows, with its size of about 17.2M sq ft you would need the entire day to be able to see and experience everything it has to offer. Even though it only opens during winter time (Nov-Apr) it still attract over 5 million visitors every year, and still growing.
Here’s what you can see and enjoy when you visit Global Village, along with important reminders.
How to get to Global Village by Dubai Bus
Global Village is located on Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road (E 311); Exit 37, Dubailand, Dubai.
Park Timings (Opening Hours). From Saturday to Wednesday 4:00pm – 12:00am (entry gates closed at 11:30pm). Thursday, Friday and Public Holidays from 4:00pm – 1:00am (entry gates closed at 12:30am). Mondays are dedicated to Families and Ladies only. (Reference: Global Village official website)
Taking the Bus
Outside Union Metro Station there’s a bus station that routes directly to Dubailand, the bus number is 102 or 106, it leaves every hour so make sure to get into the available bus, and also make sure that you have a NOL card (it’s a multi-purpose card mainly use for commuting by Bus or by Metro), the fare is AED10.00/person, you just have to punch-in your card into the machine and you’re ready to go. Travel time is about 40-50 minutes.
Important: The minimum NOL card balance is AED10.00, you must have at least AED20.00 credit balance going to Global Village. There’s a card loading station at the bus terminal.
Which Way to Go?
First, you will need to buy your entrance ticket that costs AED15 ($4) per person, the ticket booths are set-up right beside the main entrance. Walk straight from the main entrance to the roundabout then you will see East (left) or West (right) destinations. If you want to travel both you have to be there as early as the opening time, and you’ll need a lot of energy because you will be walking all day long.
Global Village Sections
We traveled the East route and took us more than 4 hours to reach Thailand village, not because we’re too slow but because aside from taking pictures and enjoying stage plays, there are sections where you can buy some good stuffs, each village showcase their own local products, but like any other parks or recreational destinations, they are too pricey. 😉
What to buy and what to do?
There are food stalls outside the villages where you can buy to-go meals like samosa, shawarma, hotdogs, burgers, ice cream, tea, coffee, etc., so when you feel like taking a break from walking you can refill your stomach with some snacks and refreshments, and if you’re budget is generous enough, you can find cafes and restaurants along the way.
Inside the villages you can find local products and these are not just ordinary local products because these things were imported from their respective countries, like the authentic African leather bags inside Africa village, the soap stores and anime shops in Japan village and all other local things that you can find in a specific country, you can find it there.
The Carnival – this is the newest attraction added this season which you can enjoy rides, based games and arcades.
Entertainment Shows – Each village showcases their unique cultural or entertainment shows, I’m talking about dancing giants, concerts, puppet shows, street shows, etc.
Fireworks Display – Everyone would stop walking when the clock hits 9pm, because the fireworks will begin lighting up the sky and you’ll begin hearing “woooow” “wooo” “ahhhh”!
We decided to go home and just planned to return back, it was past 9pm and we had to catch the last bus going to Union Metro Station. It was tiring but it was a very nice fun experience.