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“Don't expect much!”
Review of Global Village

Global Village
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$5.00*
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Dubai Full-Day Global Village Tickets
Ranked #38 of 426 things to do in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Global Village is the first family destination for culture, entertainment and shopping in the region. It is a unique and integrated destination to enjoy the world's finest shopping, dining and entertainment experiences and offers guests a wide range of events, shows and activities that are the largest and most varied in the region. It offers many fun surprises to millions of guests in the open air. It highlights the best of culture from countries of the world in a lively festival and takes guests on a journey through a group of pavilions, each representing the richness and culture of a different country. It offers unique international cuisine and awe-inspiring entertainment experiences across a wide range of entertaining games and interesting tours. All its exceptional experiences can be enjoyed by purchasing a ticket worth only AED 15. The Global Village operating season starts in November each year and runs until April the following year.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 22, 2013

May be we had high expectations of the Global Village, or perhaps its just not well thought project. As a Global Village I expected some cultural input, but boy was I wrong!There are 38 countries in the village, most of the Asian.It is mostly set up as shops at each house, with a symbolic gate, that is specific to each country, like pagodas for Chinese etc.(I expected to see a greater Epcot, but what I found was an opposite)
If you have something in mind to buy, like jewelry, you can get it there,like tribal African or wood related accessories, but you will have to haggle and the sellers are not giving in much.
The countries of South and East Asia, you can skip altogether, because they sell the same things knickknacks "MADE IN CHINA", no matter if you visit Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore,all the same cheap stuff..unless you are there for cheap stuff.
In Yemen, Kuwait, Jordan, and other Middle Eastern countries, you can pick up some spices and perfume oils, again haggle!You may want to take pictures of open sacks filled with spices, and other intricate made pieces and maybe pick some home. There is not much variety , mostly same things, tons of black clothing for women. I have seen some nice ceramic pieces, but way to fragile to carry home.
The entrance fee is 10drh, the bathroom fee 5drh, and you pay each time you go, the food is very pricy there a bottle of water 4drh. The Global village closes in mid of March, and reopens sometime in December. They start at 4 pm. The Global Village is located off the city, a decent distance, and it costed us more in taxi, than we spend in actual Village, in the end everyone agreed it was a disappointment!

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Its a very good place to unwind in a weekend..lots of variety from every country possible and an ultimate shopping experience..

Thank Nagma Z
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

go shop, play and eat lot of different food.
everywhere are shows and it's definatelly good to spend a couple of days there...have lots of fun, and money with you, coz you will like to shop there:))

1  Thank petraalmutawa
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We went shortly after it opened, so maybe the timing was bad, but this was to us a bit tacky. Glorified market stalls that didn't seem to represent the country that they were in, selling cheap souvenirs. Not our cup of tea, but unbelieveably crowded, so some seem to enjoy it. Maybe more for those with young children.

2  Thank awsculli
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Great concept and spread over a vast area.Getting here by taxi can be extremely costly, so if you are hiring a car it is wise to include this as a destination stop.Many countries under one roof - but you will find most of the stuff is made in China/ India,even though you are in Tunisa / South Africa etc. This was a little disappointing! Having said this, there are many bargains to be had,haggle,haggle & more haggling.If you dont get at least 50% reduction from the originally quoted price,you are paying too much.Once you have been to a few countries in global village, you will notice that the souvenirs, shoes, clothes are much the same and you can really bargain hard here.They expect it and don't get offended.Always be prepared to walk away if your price is not matched.I can guarantee from personal experience there will be 6 more vendors selling the same item & next time you will know which price to start negotiating at!! Loads of places to eat & all types of cuisine. Beware of the stalls outside the countries making traditional bread,etc. Hygiene is not a high priority with these, best to stick to the main food court area where there is lots of choice,places to sit etc.
A must is a visit to the 'honey' seller-we found a great stall in the Kuwait tent and it is amongst the first ones you get to ( depending on where you enter the village) Gate 4. Global village opens at 4pm till late,if you have not been before advisable to get there when there is still a daylight around 4.30pm ish, so you can get your bearings a little. There are numerous shows (traditional dances)etc, pick up a timetable at the info bureau when you enter.

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