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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