Global Village is one of Dubai’s most popular evening entertainment destinations. A combination of festival and theme park staged on the edges of Dubai, it opens yearly between November and April and takes visitors on a virtual world tour with replica international architecture, cultural zones, food pavilions, shows, rides, and markets.
Global Village is packed with attractions for all ages. Admire replicas of world-famous buildings, sample international flavors at the food stands, browse a floating market, shop for global crafts, and head for the Carnaval zone for themed fairground rides, roller coasters, and games. Live concerts, fireworks, children’s entertainment, and stunt shows provide extra fun.
Visitors can prebook entry tickets online to avoid waiting in lines. Alternatively, consider a ticket-and-transfer package that incorporates hassle-free return transport from Dubai. It’s also possible to visit Global Village as part of a sightseeing tour from Dubai that stops at other attractions such as the Miracle Garden.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Global Village is ideal for families, fun-lovers, and culture-vultures of all ages.
- Wear comfortable shoes; the park covers a huge area.
- Haggle at the stalls and bazaars to secure the best prices.
- ATMs can be found near the gates if you need cash.
- Pick up a park map just beyond the main gates.
- Men and women should dress modestly, with knees and shoulders covered, or entry may be refused.
How to Get There
Global Village is on the E37 exit of the E311 highway southeast of Dubai and offers two entry gates and ample on-site parking. Alternatively, catch one of the public buses that run to the park from various Dubai locations, including the Mall of the Emirates metro station. Another option is to book a tour that offers convenient round-trip transfers from Dubai hotels.
When to Get There
Global Village is open every evening during its annual season, which usually runs November through April. Monday night entry is reserved for women and families with children.
Tips for Hassle-Free Visits
Bring folding chairs or beach mats for picnics and seating at the shows. Plus, take photos of the car park markers when parking so you can find your vehicle—the parking lots are vast.